Thursday, June 16, 2011

It's Like Herding a Cat

Lately, I've been having a hard time getting my daughter to do things in a reasonable amount of time. And when I say do things, I mean do anything: get ready for school, go potty, do homework, brush teeth--ANYTHING!

I feel like a drill sergeant lately. "Get dressed quickly. We have to leave in 15 minutes!" "Don't just sit there, get dressed! We have to leave in 10 minutes!" "You haven't picked out an outfit yet? We have to leave in 5 minutes!" "AGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHH!"

Each day, I spend an inordinate amount of time discussing why it's important to arrive on time to places. Or I explain that if you take 20 minutes going potty, it's going to cut down on the time that's allocated for the DSi afterward.

My daughter, who is extremely smart, still doesn't seem to appreciate that there's a limited amount of time, and you have to hustle to get everything done. If it were up to her, she would have all the time in the world to do what she wanted to do and still be able to show up in time for school or other commitments. She just doesn't get that it doesn't work that way.

Every day, I feel like I'm herding a cat. Except that I think I'd get more cooperation from the cat!

9 comments:

  1. My daughter is the exactly the same way. Then she cries when there isn't enough time to do something that she thought she was going to get to do. She believes that everyone will just stop what they are doing and wait for her.

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  2. Haha... oh yes, cats are WAY more cooperative. My girl is 19 and STILL doesn't "get" time. Um.... not to discourage you or anything. ;o)

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  3. Wow...sounds a whole lot like my life...a WHOLE LOT like my life. ; )

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  4. This is my life!

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  5. Ann-Kristin, SwedenJune 17, 2011 at 1:49 AM

    You are not alone!
    My daughter seem to think that you can just stop the world from spinning. Time is something so abstract that it just can't be grasped. Not yet anyway. :-)

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  6. You're not alone. My 6-year-old still doesn't understand the concept of time; a minute could be an hour. And he doesn't understand that you have to be places at a specified time, not just when you feel like it.

    There's a lot of morning rushing and yelling at my house too. Probably every house with kids, to be honest.

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  7. I don't know if this will help anyone, but I bought a kitchen timer for my son. He can see the minutes and seconds tick down, and when the timer goes off, IT'S TIME!!!! (Actually, it's five minutes till time, but that is just Mommie's little secret) Silly as it sounds, it has actually helped us.

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  8. Absolutely! My son is the same way and I've said that since he was a toddler. He's 9 this summer! *Aaaarggggh!*

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  9. I feel like I'm herding greased pigs on acid.

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