Sunday, July 31, 2011

Lazy as all get-out

I love William to bits.  Whether he is being snarky or silly or even when he turns into an emotional teenage girl, I just love him to pieces.  He is, however, the laziest kid I've ever known.  It's weird, too, because I'm not sure where he gets it.  I'll be the first to say I'm not a super hard worker, but I wouldn't say I'm lazy.  Chris is exactly like my mom and like his dad, a worker to the extreme.  William got a double dose of my genes and apparently zero of Chris's in the work ethic department.  The thing is, I don't know how to deal with it.  We've done stickers and rewards and all other kinds of bullshit and I'm over it.  Now I'm just tired of it.  On the long list of things I have a hard time tolerating I have discovered that laziness is one of them.  That's bad news for William.

Exhibit A:
Me:  William come pick up your shoes and while you're at it, would you please take Lauren's Saltwater sandals and put them in her basket?
W:  Oooohhhh, I can't carry 4 shoes at the same time.
M:  Oh, I know you can. I have faith in you. 
W:  (as he fumbles about like a complete idiot on purpose) SEE?  I can't.  I'll just take this ONE and put it away.

Exhibit B:
Me:  Here William, come help carry out some of this camping gear to the truck.  This is your camping trip with daddy.  I've packed it all, daddy is loading it into the truck, you need to help carry it outside.  It's teamwork! (all with a stupid smile).
W:  Ugh, this bag is the ugliest bag I've ever carried (as he drags his ass and the bag out to the truck)
M:  Oh, good job carrying that one out to the truck, here's another.
W:  ANOTHER?  Ugh, this trip better be fun for all the work I'm doing for it (as he drags his ass and the bag out to the truck)

I didn't let either of those situations go, BTW, but I won't bore you with the details of megettingthelastword.

What would you do with a super lazy kid?

Eleanor, you said it, sister. 


  1. Whatever you do, don't give in or the situation is f---ed for good! For only a limited amount of time my mom (with .00001% help/support from my dad) would pester my brother and me to help with chores, but we knew she'd give in if we put it off or ignored her long enough. So it was really a team effort that turned us into super lazy asses. Don't give up! It'll wear you out in the short run, but William will turn into a more productive person in the long run, and he will thank you for it later on when a lazy ass enters his life...who I would bet you anything will be a college roommate.

  2. Lazy is contagious and we all have it here at Chez Molnar. I have no idea how to get rid of it or stop it. My kids act like I'm torturing them if I ask them to pick up something that THEY left lying around. We're still having trouble with the whole allowance thing because I'm not paying them to do a shitty job AND have to beg and plead as well. I'm not sure what works, but if you figure it out, send the info my way.

  3. i thought i was reading a post about mikey! i'm finding that just making the tasks very specific helps a lot with just getting him to lift a finger in general. but i'm not finding anything that helps with his smart ass mouth. lol


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