I asked C to put away some toys tonight that had made their way into the kitchen. She went to complain that there were too many toys to carry when she remembered a similar discussion the previous morning and the solution of using a basket to carry things. She ran to grab the basket, load the toys and disappeared into the living room. I smiled and mentally patted myself on the back for raising such a good kid… only to discover the basket was dropped two steps into the living room and not actually put away.
Of course, this discovery came only after she went to bed, so there was no reminder to finish a job once started. Instead, I sighed, picked it up from the basket of laundry it was placed on top of and put it down on the floor one step closer to its destination.
Gee, I wonder where she gets this from?
We are pretty terrible at finishing what we start. A 5 minute job in the basement ended up taking us all afternoon between getting distracted before we could finish one job, or being unable to move forward with the next step because we were missing key pieces that we know we put somewhere the last time we got halfway through this job.
Maybe it’s time to put a conscious effort into the follow through, both with finishing jobs I start, and making sure that C finishes jobs as well. And maybe most importantly, letting C know that it’s something I have to work on too and that it’s something we need to work on together. You know, really living that don’t throw stones in glass houses thing. Cuz really, that would suck to clean up.