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Bergner: Using moving as a teaching moment for children

Using moving as a teaching moment for children

Using moving as a teaching moment for children

Moving can be an exhausting, life-sucking, muscle-aching, I’d-rather-be-running-a-marathon-with-no-shoes-on event in one’s life.

Then add a couple of young children into the mix while mommy and daddy are trying to scrub every inch of a house that two toddlers have lived in for nearly two years, and it can get a bit testy!

Thankfully, humans have invented items like iPads, Kindle’s, smartphones and other electronic devices to keep a 6- and 4-year-old happy while we sweat through wiping down baseboards and cleaning vents that you never knew existed.

This isn’t to say using the scrubbing services of the young whipper-snapper who drew on the wall to begin with is out of the question.

Son: “Dad, I’m tired!”

Scrub. Scrub. Scrub.

Me: “Really? You’ve been scrubbing for 37 seconds son! Yes, that’s right, I timed you … deal with it!”

I smile at little life moments like this because usually, my wife or I follow up their ridiculous comments with, “We already invented your stalling tactic when we were your age, so we know what you’re up to.”

I guess that part is more about getting back at our own parents, who basically claimed they invented life itself, and all that surrounds it.

If I had a dollar for every time my parents said, “When I was a kid … (enter a situation here),” I’d be a rich man. Not to mention the countless times we heard, “I had to walk 15 miles to school in the snow, uphill, both ways,” routine. A classic, of course.

Making the children help with the move is an experience I guess they’ll get to laugh at one day with their own kids. Maybe add a little flavor to the story like, “Dad made us scrub the dirt outside until it was clean!”

Our moving adventure, of course, continues as I write this. Unpacked boxes line every corner of our new place. Every inch of our kitchen counters are covered with packages of canned goods, plates and about 73 coffee cups my wife has collected over the years.

Moving into a smaller place can be a challenge, but we’re making it work. Renting a storage unit has been a godsend. Of course, we’re not all like our news editor, Wyatt Haupt Jr., who moved into a mansion in Prescott Valley a few months back and everything he owns can fit in his master bathroom.

As we continue to work through this process, the children are receiving a valuable experience on how to take care of the things you own, or the places you live. As parents, these life-teaching experiences are invaluable.

Brian M. Bergner Jr. is sports editor for The Daily Courier. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram at @SportsWriter52, or on Facebook at @SportsAboveTheFold. Email or call 928-445-3333, ext. 1106.


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