Here’s one of those rare opportunities where someone actually wants to hear your parenting advice!
Katherine, bless her heart, is one of the most incredible kids I know, and I don’t say that as her dad. She’s just awesome. We really struggle, however, getting her to get stuff done. A typical example is supper. We’re all done and gone from the table in 20 minutes. She often is there for 45. Another is getting ready for school. It takes her 20 minutes to brush her teeth because she stops and plays with her dolls, complains that it is too hard, complains that she doesn’t want to do it at all, and so forth.
This is pretty much the only thing I struggle with when dealing with her, and it’s not fun. For either of us.
Just for the record, I am not interested in this point in ADD/ADHD theories. I’m not discounting it, I’m just saying it’s not a concern to me. I know my kid, and she’s not ADD/ADHD. And no, I’m not in denial or anything.
What I’m looking for is ways of helping me deal with her natural tendency to love the world around her. I’m looking for ways of helping her focus on the task at hand. She’s naturally curious, inquisitive, and interested in just about anything. I don’t want to dampen that spirit, but at the same time, I need her to move at certain times. You should see the nightmare it is to get us out of the house when we’re rushing.
Anyway…. Advise away. For once, it’s actually welcome.