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Model Behavior

After Lucas was born, I was suddenly incapable of keeping up with mail, organizing bills, and the like. So what is my life like 2 years later? Well, take a look.

Maile pile

I have no idea how my kitchen counter got to look like this, but it does. Day after day. Month after month. And my dear husband signs up for so many free magazines, I need a separate table just to keep them on, because do you think he has time to read them all?

Here's my routine:

I come home from work, bring in the mail and put it on the kitchen counter. I then do the same thing the next day. And the next. And the next. And I continue to repeat until the last day of the month. Then I frantically go through the pile trying to round up all of my bills which are due on or around the 1st of the month. In the process, I throw out the junk mail and make a separate pile of things I want to read but don’t have time.

And before I know it, my pile is all tidy and I feel great. Not to mention I can actually use that part of my kitchen counter again. That is until I bring in the mail the following day!

So why am I telling you all this? Because I wonder what my piles are teaching Lucas, he who silently watches and listens to everything we do only to act it out at a later time. Do we as parents have to worry about every little habit we have? After all, we are the number one role model for our children.

Maile pile

While my piles are upsetting to me (though one might think otherwise as I don't clean them up), in the grand scheme of things having a mail pile is not that bad. There are far more important lessons to model for Lucas and Justin, like manners, generosity and respect. And at the end of every month when the counter is clean, I make sure to point out to Lucas how Mommy finally cleaned up her mess, which promptly sends Lucas singing, "Clean up, clean up, everybody clean up," as he puts away all of his toys.