I’ve been doing this whole parenting thing for close to 15 years. Some things with children seem Sisyphean, like insisting my socks don’t disappear into their room, or requesting they NOT leave dishes all over the house. One particular battle that drives me nuts involves their dirty clothes. If they want to carpet their room with them, fine, but the bathroom is a shared space.
I have put various laundry baskets in the bathroom with instructions to put their dirty clothes on there. Somehow they would end up everywhere BUT the basket. Floor? Check. Sink? Check. Litter box? Check. (Yes, I am just as grossed out as you are by that.)
I had taken the last basket out awhile back to haul clothes to the laundry room. It wasn’t as if they noticed it was gone.
The other day Miss Diva says as she cleans the bathroom. “We should have a basket in here!”
I responded, “Y’all have had one.”
“Countless times. Somehow you never use it.”
She didn’t believe me. Now that SHE out one in there, it is magically being utilized.
I am clearly doing this all wrong. I should just toss them into the wilds and see if they survive. I figure they would. I’m not sure I would stay sane through their trial and error though.