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He’s a neat freak. For now.

Why is it that kids are obsessed with the chores their parents do? Kids toys quite often include dustpans and brushes, lawn mowers, shopping carts, vacuum cleaners. Before this trip to Spain, Hamish had only shown a mild interest in being tidy. He will put his crayons back in their tub, and he doesn’t mind wiping his own mouth after eating. But that’s pretty much where it ended.

Then all of a sudden, he’s scouring the floor (of the airport terminal, of the ground outside, of the aisles on the plane) for items that he can pick up and toss in the bin. (He can even now say the word ‘bin’.) He also was obsessed with brooms. At Duncan’s parents, he would follow Duncan around with the broom while Duncan was cleaning the pool area. At a party that Susan and Simon’s friends threw, he found their broom and wandered around quite happily with it for most of the time we were there.

Can I hope that his desire to clean stays with him through his teens??

Hamish and his new-found hobby of sweeping

6 Responses to “He’s a neat freak. For now.”

  1. Mom
    October 6th, 2011 08:12
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    You can certainly hope….

  2. Susan
    January 10th, 2012 22:16
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    Unfortunately, by the time he’s big enough to be of any real help, he won’t want to do it anymore. Ce la vie.

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