Some days, I’m very tempted to make a recording of myself. Don’t worry – I’m not having a mid-life crisis and entertaining delusions of becoming a pop-princess…it’s more about saving some sanity!
Parents (or carers) of young kids, I know you’ll understand this one. Like me, you’ve probably lost count of the number of times you’ve said, “get dressed”, “put your shoes on”, “eat your breakfast”, “keep your hands to yourself!”, “where’s your homework?”, “put your shoes away”, “no, it is NOT funny to smear Vegemite on your sister!”, “turn off the TV”, “go to bed!”…”go to bed!”…”go to bed!”…
It can be so frustrating and mind-numbing having to say the same things over and over and over and over and over…sorry, got a bit stuck…and over again. I’ve even thought about having different recordings for different times of the day. I could have “The Breakfast Mix”, “Dinner-time Droning” and “Bedtime Blues”. It would save so much energy if I could just press “play” and not have to keep repeating the same information or instructions over and over.
Part of my own growth as a parent has been to remind myself that my kids are kids. Repetition is an important part of them learning and remembering the right things to do at the right time. Hopefully, one day they’ll internalize those things (possibly with my nagging voice in their heads! Mwahaha!) and we can take the “repeat” button off. Better to teach them the right things now…even if I have to repeat it a thousand times…than be sorry later.
“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” (From the Bible – Proverbs 22:6)