Thursday, February 12, 2009
Habits, the good, the bad and the ugly
When the twins were about two and a half, friends of ours came out to visit us in Arizona. Fred and Annie and their three kids are our dearest friends and it was so much fun. Fred is an engineer and likes everything in it's place. I was a mother that had four children under the age of four and just survived each day. Fred was amazed, every time my kids wanted juice, I would just get a new cup out of the cabinet and get them juice or milk. He stopped me and asked why I would do that. My basic reasoning was, then wanted juice, they needed juice, get the juice in the easiest way possible and move on to the nine hundred other things I had to do that day. He looked at me like I was crazy. He said they should get one cup a day, go and find their cup and get it refilled. That makes sense, but he did not realize that I was just in survival mode. But it brings up a great point.
After looking at the situation, he was right. We had sippie cups all over the darn place. Some with green things growing in it. I am not proud of this, but realize that I was just in a habit. We all fall into habits. I am not going to harass anyone about theirs, but every now and again we should take a good look at ourselves and see what if anything we should try to make better.
When we fall into stressful situations, like having three kids in diapers, we develop habits or at least I did. I was just proud of the fact that they all got a bath every night. Also, the diapers went out every day to the big trash. My kids were fed mostly with healthy things, very little junk in our house. Everyone survived this time in our lives and that is quite an accomplishment.
But the juicy cup habit was one of many. I think when you have little babies and are just in survival mode, you just take it one day at a time. There is nothing wrong with that, we just need to re-evaluate sometimes. Making my kids find their cups to be refilled is logical and saves on buying more sippie cups. It also teaches them responsibility. Another good point.
So I will thank Fred, he was right. He also vacuumed my house every day they visited, God bless him. We all need house guests like that.
What is currently bogging you down? Share with me, it can't be worse than my sippie cups fiasco.
God bless you and yours.