|Poking my lens. Oh no she didn’t.|
It always baffles me to hear people talk about how they don’t understand where their children picked up certain habits or behaviors, but then they will talk about how children are influenced so easily by television or video games.
This week I’ve been talking, a lot, to Annika about her habit of just tossing toys — or food — on the ground when she’s done with it. I kept thinking maybe I hadn’t been specific about telling her what I wanted her to do with her stuff when she’s done with it.
So, we’ve had lots of talks. And I won’t lie. I heard my mother’s voice come out of my mouth a couple of times this week when in frustration I said irritably, “Pick it up! Now!”
Last night we were over at Toyin’s for dinner and left right at Annika’s bedtime, so she was asleep by the time we got home. I hurried her into the house and slipped her jacket and shoes off, dropping them on to the floor by the bed along with my own.
She slept soundly for the rest of the night, and then this morning, she woke up and jumped to her knees, looking around the room as she has been doing lately. She noticed our jackets on the floor next to the bed. She turned to me and sternly said, “What’s that mess?! Pick it up right now!”
Damn television. Kids have no respect these days.