Power Struggle

During my shower today, Raisin emptied every drawer in her dresser onto the floor.  I tried not to overreact, because she said she was doing “a job like you, Mommy.”  A few weeks ago, I did go through all her stuff to pull out the things she’s outgrown.  I’m sure to her it looked like I just dumped everything on the floor, too.

Still, I’m trying to convince her that she who makes the mess must participate in the clean up.  So I gave her two drawers to pick up, while I did the rest.  She did the socks because I was standing right there, but her hair bows and barrettes are still scattered all over.  I told her she could come out of her room when she was finished.  I said that THREE HOURS AGO.  (I let her out for lunch.)

She’s not mad, and neither am I, so I guess we’ll just keep waiting each other out.   But I’ll be damned if she goes to bed tonight without that floor looking spotless.

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About Grape

I've got the world's best kids and husband. Great house, steady job. I'm living the American dream. The trick is to appreciate it. I'm working on that part.
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