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Getting my kids off their devices without a bribe
is like getting dried syrup off a plastic plate without using water -
and they need to finish eating.
The only thing worse than being inside all day -
is getting them out the door,
and all I’m asking is that they find their shoes.
Nothing guilts me more than yelling at my kids,
except for thinking that I don’t yell at them enough -
and both options have the same effect:
which is them soon getting distracted by any little thing:
their zipper’s clunky bounce when they jump up and down,
how silly it is when they misplace their fingers in a glove.
I have to remind them that we have to
be somewhere and do something and see someone
and commitments are important to keep
and life is about trying hard without fear of failing
and the grit to keep going even when you’re not having fun,
that is, you know, as long as you are having fun -
but one of them is over by the fridge now
lifting a magnet off a crayon colored drawing of our family,
holding it up to my face like a distraction, saying:
“Remember when we drew this together, daddy?”

3 Mar 19

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