Recently, my daughter has been saying, “I learned it from you!” She’s 21 years old, so the things she has learned make me smile.
That’s how it should be.
We teach our children by example, not lectures. When they grow into adults, my hope is she has learned what’s needed to help her along her journey.
She has always seen my bed made.
I think when she was little, she thought there was some magical fairy that came through and did it because she rarely saw me making it. I’d make it first thing, so by the time she made her way to my room, everything was in order.
Just like the day before.
The mystery was solved when we began living on our own together. She saw me make my bed, and would ask for my help in making hers. I have to admit, over the years the age old excuse crept in, “Why are you making your bed Barb? You’re just gonna get back in it.” That’s not the point.
Our bedrooms are designated havens.
I believe you have to have one room in your house that’s completely yours. The bedroom has always been mine and I’ve shared it over the years, but never hesitated to run somebody out if needed. Here’s the best part lovely.
Today, she usually makes her bed before I make mine. If I jump out of bed and dive straight into work, she sees I haven’t gotten around to making my bed, and will step in there and make it for me. I eventually notice and am so grateful she has learned this skill.
Show your children how to have at least a little bit of your life in order. Go on now and make your bed.