The prompt was respect. As a parent, I feel it is important to teach your kids, especially your sons, not only what respect is, but what it looks like. Your kids (whether you have them now or will later, or you just know some kids that aren’t yours) watch more closely than you think and they absorb everything. Model good interpersonal relationships for them so they can make healthy social decisions later.
She wasn’t having it tonight. Doing the dishes should not be requested more than once.
It isn’t like she didn’t give him time to relax first. She gave him a full hour after he’d gotten home from work. She’d asked him first on her way out the door to go to yoga. Again when she got home. Again after her post-workout shower. Again when she bathed the kids.
Their son watched them both as she asked for a fifth and final time. Her husband smiled, apologized, and rose to finish the dishes while she tucked the children into their beds.
© 2018 Heather Stephens