My two-year old helps me empty the dishwasher. When she gets a cup from the top rack she pretends to take a sip out of each one. When she hands me a plate or bowl, she plants her face in it as if she’s kissing them. I’ve told her you don’t do that but she continues. It frustrated me until I saw a commercial…
There’s a commercial where two boys are washing a car. The windows are down and the sunroof is open. One boy is spraying a water hose into the car. The other is scrubbing the steering wheel and dashboard with soap. There’s music in the background, they’re soapy and wet and they are as happy as can be…until dad comes out.
Dad pauses in his tracks when he sees the mess. This is the moment where most parents would start yelling. Instead, the dad takes a breath, walks over to the car and grabs a sponge. He says, “you missed a spot”.
I love when this commercial runs. It reminds us parents to stop in our tracks and take a breath. There are times where we should react with sternness (like a toddler trying to plug things into an outlet) but there are other times where we’d be better off joining in the fun because our kids are reminding us not to take everything so seriously.
When we have company coming over, I make sure I’m serving food on ‘un-drunken’ glasses and ‘un-kissed’ plates. But when it’s just our family, I enjoy watching my daughter give me the plates and marking each one. She won’t be doing it forever and I’m sure there’ll come a time when I’ll yearn to see her do it again–just once more.
Angela M. Barbieri
I am a happy mother of two. I’ve written for as long as I can remember. Since becoming a mother, I’ve started sharing my writing to connect with others and share what I learn. I hope to support parents through my writing because parenting challenges us (understatement) but also allows us to relive innocent, new experiences through the eyes of our children (amazing!).
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