My Kids Are Lazy
It was Saturday morning and I got up before everyone else to have a bit of quiet time and get a couple of things done before everyone else woke up and the day went off the rails. This is regular practice for me. I am always the first up in the mornings and the last to bed. I suck at sleeping in. As much as I would like to sleep in, I am rarely still in bed when 8 am rolls around, even in the middle of two weeks of summer vacation or a holiday weekend.
In part this is because I get up at 5:45 am on workdays so I can have time in the morning to get ready for work, take my time eating breakfast, catch up on what is going on in the world, make my lunch and finish up the kids’ lunches before heading out the door at 7:30. So part of the early rising is conditioning and part of it is that as soon as I wake up in the morning, my brain starts thinking about the day ahead. Once I start thinking about what I can / need to do that day I find it very difficult to get back to sleep.
Back to Saturday.
By noon I had built a jig for a project I am working on, washed a couple of loads of laundry and hung one load out to dry, picked up some of the usual kid detritus that generally litters our house and worked on a new website for my woodworking business. In that time my kids had asked me to get them drinks, make them breakfast and lunch and do other things for them that they were perfectly capable of doing themselves. They had also generally rejected my requests to do some cleaning up around the house.
So by the time I was making my lunch and one of my daughters came into the kitchen to ask if I could get her a drink – when she was standing beside the fridge I started wondering why my kids are so lazy. Shortly after that I started wondering if they were lazy or if I am a workaholic.
I don’t remember if I had specific chores to do when I was their age. I definitely did by the time I was a teenager. I know I was around 13 or 14 when my mum told me if I wanted clean clothes every week I was going to have to start doing my own laundry. As a single parent it was one of the household tasks she was able to pass on to us and make some more time for herself and for us.
I don’t really remember how much TV I watched as a kid. I remember classics like Fall Guy, MacGyver, Dukes of Hazard, Brady Bunch, Family Ties, The Cosby Show, Wonder Woman, Justice League, Spiderman, Looney Tunes, Hercules, Rocket Robin, Go-bots, GiJoe, Transformers and more. Perhaps I did watch quite a bit of TV…
Perhaps isn’t fair to compare my kids’ willingness to work at household tasks to mine. I am busy and have lots of projects and tasks on the go so I am never lacking in things to do when I have a spare moment. I don’t watch much in the way of TV anymore, but I am certainly in front of a screen for a significant portion of my day. To them it probably seems hypocritical for me to say they have to do something other than be in front of a screen when I am most often found with a laptop or phone in front of me doing work – Facebook counts as work right?
My kids are lazy, always asking me to do stuff for them. They could teach me a thing or two.Click To Tweet
Perhaps what it comes down to is that I am jealous of the fact that they don’t have as much on their plate as I do. It might be time for me to pass on some of the things on my plate to them so I can feel like I have the opportunity to be lazy too.
Maybe I should just let them be kids.