Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Replying

One thing that we really work on with my middle kid is acknowledgement that someone has spoken to you. Oh, heck, we work on that with all 3 of them. And occasionally DH. But telling someone that they have been heard is a powerful thing, regardless of the subject. A household chore, a life crisis, a sad event, a happy event, we all want to hear that we have something to say and that it *has been heard*.
On a less grand level, it drives me crazy to say something to the above mentioned child and get no response. We're starting to institute the 15 pushups rule. Don't acknowledge me? 15 pushups.
Worked for them remembering to turn off lights!!! And for occasional lapses in manners.
If I could do it with the dogs, I surely would. They ran off yesterday (tripped, dropped leashes, dogs went AWOL) and 15 minutes later I finally caught up with them again. Ok, so it wasn't 15, but it was a good 10 and many trips into the creek later. I sometimes wish we had bought land like we originally intended to, so they could just run to their heart's content. Oh well.
On a totally unrelated note, I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of the wedding present I bought. I am SO excited about it - handmade pottery that is dishwasher safe. Plus I'll get them something else, like a gift card. And I'm sticking in some homemade knitted dishcloths. It's the first kid of my friends to get married. I remember when he was born. Shoot, I remember when his older brother was born!!!!

5 comments:

Cristy said...

"occassionally DH...." Bwahahaha! I choked on coffee!!

So excited you will be there to celebrate. There is nothing like true friends to share the highs and lows of life with.

Love you lots!

Suburban Correspondent said...

I remember teaching my oldest how to say "Good morning." Repeatedly...

Missing your mom so much this week, don't know why - it will be good to see you.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

What a cool gift idea.
Push ups--I am totally stealing that idea.

Eunice Burns said...

My oldest sometimes doesn't acknowledge me, but it's mostly because he's got an iPod plugged into his ears. So aggravating.

Navhelowife said...

@Eunice, I've been known to yank headphones out of ears. I REALLY DISLIKE being ignored. We don't play the "I'm not talking to you" game in my house either. They try occasionally, but doesn't work.
Never mind that my DH says that is because they are genetically incapable of keeping their mouth shut....