Lately I have found myself keeping track of the ridiculous scenes I discover in my house that indicate that one of my children is either (A) REALLY STUPID or (B) REALLY LAZY and I can’t decide which I’d rather it be. All three of my children are old enough and capable enough NOT to do these things so maybe it’s just ONE of the three who is guilty, but based on my knowledge of my children and their habits? I’m leaning more towards them ALL being guilty for different variations of these situations.
- Hand towels on the floor. Now, this is not a “fell off the bar” situation because it’s never the hand towel from the bar. They actually get a hand towel out from under the sink to do – who knows what – and then throw it on the floor. Maybe because there’s already a towel on the bar? (Why didn’t they use THAT one?)
- Pee spot simply covered with paper towels, not actually dried. We have a VERY old dog who is having accidents more and more lately. One of the kids is finding these accidents and just folding up paper towels and gently placing it over the pee spot. Obviously to avoid “touching” the pee. But the towels are not pushed down on to the pee spot so no soaking actually occurs. Basically, they’ve just placed an indicator there for me so that I can clean it up the right way. Thanks, kid.
- Cups in the sink. I understand that no one in the family feels like washing off a dirty plate and put it in the dishwasher. I hate it, but I understand it. But the cups? They don’t require rinsing. It takes exactly the same amount of effort to place it in the sink as it does to place it in the dishwasher. The only “extra” energy you have to excerpt is to open the dishwasher. That’s it. Evidently, that’s the limit though. That pushes them over the edge.
- DVDs sitting on top of their cases. Really, kids? I know you’re dexterous enough to get the DVD out, put it in the players, and then remove it when you want to watch another one. It only takes one tiny little extra bit of energy to put it back in the case.
- Dirty clothes next to the hamper. This is probably due to bad aim from throwing it across the room. But you’d think eventually they’d realize they have bad aim and just stop trying to hit it from across the room already. Some of the kid’s rooms have a trail of clothes leading from the dresser to the hamper. Like some sort of weird, invisible, Grand Prize Game from The Bozo Show or something.
- Passing the recycling bin to put recycling by the sink in the kitchen. Now, in general, we gather recycling from the kitchen next to the sink and then I put it in the bins in the laundry room. This is for when I’m creating the waste while cooking or cleaning the kitchen. Other people create the waste upstairs, or in their rooms, and are carrying the recycling past the laundry room (where the bins are) and putting it next to the sink. Like that location is some sort of mandatory checkpoint for recycling. (And for the record – there is a certain adult in this house who is NOT ME who is just as bad about this.)
- Garbage not quite all the way in the garbage can. Sweetie will eat anything sticking out of the garbage can. This is how she’s been for eight years. I’ve screamed about this for eight years. Yet still, people throw things away and don’t just simply push the item to make sure it’s all the way in so the can will close. Nope, ice cream wrappers hanging out. Napkins with food on them. Bags of chips. All of which ends up in little pieces all over my house.
Please tell me these things happen in your home too. Or at least variations of them.
And before you tell me, “Make them fix it!” I do. I do all the time. Which is why I’m leaning towards “stupid” more than “lazy”. They know I’m going to make them “fix” the situation at some point, yet they do it anyway. So, obviously they’re mental faculties are limited.
Or their laziness us SUCH a strong force that it impairs their cognitive reasoning. But then we’re dealing with lazy AND stupid. That’s much harder to treat.