It started when my kids were little. I was thrilled when they could take their own jackets off and didn't care when they unceremoniously threw them on the floor. Heck, I'm still in this phase with my four year old. He's taking his own coat off! It's one less thing I have to do. I don't care where it ends up. Besides, he's too short to reach the hangers in the hall closet.
Yet, with my older kids, there never seemed to be a moment where they became responsible for their own jackets. They walk in the door and throw their jackets on the floor. The bad habit was set. For the record, at 8 and 13, they are both tall enough to reach the hangers.
Sadly, my husband is right there with them. That's embarrassing to admit. Though, I will say he doesn't throw his in the middle of the floor. He tucks it away in an unobtrusive place - the newspaper basket. The problem is, it's still on the floor. Our coats don't go there. They go in the closet. How are the boys supposed to learn to hang their coats up when their male roll model can't be bothered?
A couple of weeks ago, I made it my mission to break this bad habit and a few other ones that my crew of wild boys have.
In all honesty, I had a little melt down after a busy day. When we walked in the door after a family outing, I promptly stood in front of the closet and hung up my coat. The four other people that live in this house whipped theirs off and promptly threw them on the floor. Ugh! I somewhat loudly announced that anyone that's throwing their coat on the floor can forget about getting dinner. If you want to eat, you need to hang your coat up. Sounds fair, right?
Since then, I've been persistently reminding the boys to hang their coats up. And, you know what? They're doing it. Even the little guy is handing me his coat instead of throwing it on the floor.
But, you know what else? My husband still is NOT doing it. He's not putting his jacket in the newspaper basket anymore. He's hanging it off the foosball table in our downstairs family room!
I'm at a loss.