We are trying to tidy up our habits when it comes time to go somewhere in the car. It is not unusual for us to take forever too long to get everyone settled into their seats and buckled. It is not unusual to find Kennedy and Addison have simply moved their conversation from the house to the van without bothering to buckle up... Or they are busy looking through a purse or bag while still unbuckled... Or someone is showing someone else something nifty... Or someone is crying because they cannot buckle today (but they could buckle yesterday!).
I do think that our habits can be improved from this point but I also think that if I had been able to look into our future when Bailey was little, I would have started then in creating better habits when it was time to buckle up and leave.
Now...we walk out the door saying:
"Get in! Sit down! Buckle up! Sit quietly." :)
I have to remind the girls that we need to hold the chitter chatter and the stay focused on just getting in the vehicle and settled into the seat and putting their seatbelts on properly. Older sisters are to help younger sisters. Different people are in charge of different doors.
--- Come on now. Who else out there has had all their children pile into the vehicle and buckle up and not a single door has been closed. Hehehe... ;0)
It doesn't seem like a big deal. It is time to go, take the children to the car, buckle up and leave...
This is an area that I would have been particular with the habits of the children had I have known that my lack of habit teaching would create problems.
Such is life.
Live and learn.
The more mothering I do, the more I try to look ahead one year, three years, five years, ten years, 20 years into the future. I try to see how our current actions, behaviors and habits will "play out" in the lives of my children. What habits are being passively formed due to my lack of specific direction?
posted by Mrs. Klause
May 10, 2010