A few months back I wrote about how I thought I made MJ lazy. Since then and continuing through this year, we are determined to change that and make him more independent. That being said, it has NOT been easy. He is SO RESISTANT to doing things that he knows how to do. This is the conversation lately:
Me: MJ, put your clothes in the washing machine.
MJ: NO! YOU PUT MY CLOTHES IN THE WASHING MACHINE!
Me: MJ, walk a little bit faster. We are going to be late for school.
MJ: Begins walking as slow as a turtle!
Me: MJ, put your waffles in the toaster.
MJ: NO MOMMY! YOU PUT THE WAFFLES IN THE TOASTER!
ME: MJ, pour yourself some juice.
MJ: NO! YOU POUR ME SOME JUICE!
See the pattern?!!! When he does this I always have to go right up to his face and tell him again to do whatever I’m asking. He always eventually does it, but in the process, he gives me what I call “the angry growl face.” My husband has never seen that “face.” In fact, he laughs when I tell him about it. I try to imitate MJ and it just makes hubby laugh even more. When my husband asks MJ to do these very same things, MJ complies right away. It’s UNBELIEVABLE! No matter what face he gives me, I am not giving up. MJ will be 13 years old soon and with each passing year, I get a little more nervous. I have to constantly pray about his future and our sanity. I still take it day by day because… I just have to. I can’t think too far ahead because the thought of the unknown can literally “shut me down” at times. We are determined to make him be as independent as he can possibly be. With Faith, Work, and Determination…It will be done!