I get soooo tired of repeating myself, “Carys, go wash your hands.” “Carys, GO wash your hands.” “Carys, YOU BETTER GO WASH YOUR HANDS BY THE TIME I COUNT TO THREE OR YOU’RE GETTING A TIME OUT!”
Do you have any idea how much time is wasted repeating instructions to kids? I can tell you it’s a lot more time than I need to waste and time I’m never gonna get back! I don’t know how it all starts but it sorta just sucks you in without realizing it. I don’t even know how long it’s been going on.
It’s stopping now, though. I’ve had enough. My husband and I instituted a “no parroting” policy. We tell the kids to do something once, if we have to ask again, it’s a time out.
Sounds impressive doesn’t it. Most of the time, we adhere to it. I know, I know. Everything looks so much better in black and white but when you try to follow it, it gets difficult and sometimes life gets in the way. It really drives me bonkers having to repeat myself, so I’m trying VERY hard.
I’m only human…but dang I wish they’d do it the first time!
Lynda is the mom of three and co-host of Mix 101.5 WRAL-FM's Bill & Lynda in the Morning Show. Find her here every Thursday.