Sometimes when I watch my two older children, now ages 13 and 11, I am reminded of my childhood with my siblings. My daughter is a lot like I was at her age. She can be a bit bossy at times and quite demanding towards her brother. I would like to think I was never like that, but truth be told, I was.
I am a middle child, with a brother two years older and a sister four years younger. My sister and I shared a bedroom until I was about ten years old. Of course, sharing a bedroom meant we spent lots of time interacting when we were in our room.....playing, making messes, etc. My kids get a kick out of hearing some of the stories I share. Their favorite is the one about the President.
Kids will be kids and their bedrooms can get a bit pig penish. This was the case with my sister and me. Here I was four years older than her, and of course, I hated to clean. So, how am I supposed to get my kindergarten aged little sister to do the cleaning for me? Why...... Tell her the President is coming, of course! Isn't that what you would do? LOL... probably not, but it worked like a charm ....... For a while, anyway.
How did I accomplish this? I would say, "We need to clean because the President is coming to our house. He will for sure come to our bedroom." She would be like, "The President is coming here?" I was so convincing. Poor thing would clean, then I would inspect. If there were problems, I would just tell her, "Oh... this is not going to work, he is going to expect things to be much cleaner than this.".......
AND, of course, the President wouldn't show up. I would come up with some wise ass excuse telling her that he got held up at a meeting or something of sorts. Then a week later when our room needed cleaning again, I would say something like, "I hear he is going to be able to work us in his schedule again." or something crazy like that. This little game
Some good did come out of this situation though. I taught her the importance of cleaning (you know... you never know who might show up), which I am sure is why she maintains a very clean house as an adult.
Do you have any favorite memories between you and your siblings? Please do share.
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