I don’t know about you but the thought of berry toothpaste doesn’t appeal to me! However, it means the world to the little female human that lives in my house – and especially the one that has yet to move to her own bed! Don’t get me wrong – I love knowing my little bundle of joy is just inches away from me at night. It’s the foot to my lower back, the punch in the eye, the head butt while turning, and finally mastering the art of side sleeping on a few inches of bed that changes my mind about sharing space! I know, all in the life of a mom’s sleep cycle.
So here’s what happened – every mom with school age children knows my situation – they sleep in your room, they dress in your room, they groom in your room. So this fine day, I’m in a hurry as usual, and while barking my usual morning orders while multi-tasking, I end up sticking my toothbrush in my mouth, only to realize it’s Mega Bubble Berry! Besides the obvious gag reflex that took me years back to the days of my first trimester, I made the decision that we have reached the “sharing fork” in the road.
Now it was time to tell her and my husband was noticeably and suddenly AWOL! I approach her while she’s brushing – cause that way she can’t say much but stare – and I firmly announce that the time has come for her to begin fully using her personal bedroom. “See honey”, I say, “your bedroom is your own personal space and it’s where you can sleep, get dressed, use the potty, and brush your teeth with your favorite toothpaste.” I was met with a blank stare with a soft touch of defiance – I knew I wasn’t getting anywhere and she wasn’t planning on going anywhere.
So I did what any mother would do – I found my husband and let him have it about how the children today have no respect for their parents and how as a young girl, I would never presume to enter my parents room and handle my business in there. I told him how she kept on brushing while I was talking, asked me to hand her a cup for her fluoride rinse, and clearly had no intention of leaving my space. As with most men, he had a very simple fix for my problem – “just move her things to her room and tell her from now on she is to take care of things in her room only”. Uh-huh, I’ll get right on that. “I’ll give it some more thought”, I say.
So you’ll be happy to know, that here we are two months later and I have reached a resolution to our problem. She takes my husband’s side of the vanity and I stick to mine!
P.S. Feel free to leave me a comment and let me know how life’s going with your little ones. They sure are wonderful to have around!