Dad Fail: Paying Attention

Yup. That is my seven year old’s sink. He brushes his teeth, washes his hands and takes a bath autonomously. So independently in fact, I begin to view him as miniature adult. I begin to wonder at what point he is just gonna grab the car keys off the wall and disappear for hours.

I would be lying if I didn’t say I was at least a little bit disappointed in the condition of this bathroom and immediately resort to a plan of action and correction. Tonight I hung back for a second and thought about something. Why am I making such a big deal of a small thing? Because “I” let it become a big thing and now I’m ready to discipline a child for my standards of cleanliness when I haven’t even so much as stepped foot in his bathroom for at least a week. I’m the adult here, holding a child to standards I’m not enforcing. Really who is at fault?

Well, tomorrow is another day. Another opportunity to not only set the example for my son but to pay attention to whether or not he is addressing small things (like cleaning up the toothpaste in his sink) before they become bigger things (like the amazing display you see above) and we have to break out the flamethrower just to beat back the mess monsters. One day at a time right?

Good Evening. Internet.

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