Terrified of the Vaccume Cleaner
My daughter, bless her heart, has all of a sudden developed a fear of the vacuum cleaner. I can’t turn it on, can plug it in, can’t move it about without having her on my arms.
It’s okay. I’ve read that this could happen, and with each child, the fear will be something different. What I forgot to mention was the fear to my husband.
I was cooking in the kitchen, and my husband started to take out the vacuum cleaner. I’m thinking, okay something needs to get cleaned up. A few moments later, I hear my daughter screaming off the top of her lungs, hiding in the corner.
I’m like what’s wrong! I look at her and I look at him and I saw my mistake. Parenting 101: Always communicate with the other spouse. I calmly explained the situation to my husband, and let him know that if he wants to vacuum, he has to do it while carrying her.
“You’re kidding.” Was the only thing he could say to me. But, like a good husband, he picked up our daughter, and continued to vacuum while carrying her.
After finishing the second room, he comes out and says to me, “I have much respect for what you do. I don’t know how you can carry her for so long, while vacuuming and cleaning. Heck even walking the 8 blocks to church with her in your arms. No wonder you’re strong!”
I had to stop and think about it for a moment, and things that I did (which was just part of the job), would be hard on someone who was not used to it at all.
My husband would say that the grass is greener on the other side, but he said my grass is green because of all the hard work I put into it. He would not want to switch positions. Come to think of it, neither would I.
Do you have a similar experience?
Posted on April 9, 2011, in Children, Parenting, relationships and tagged children, cleaning, Family, husbands, marriage, mothers, parenting, Relationships, toddlers. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.