As I crammed my adult body into my son’s tiny first grade school desk and chair, I put my listening ears on for Parent Night.
My son’s teacher thoroughly discussed curriculum, the classroom rules, lunchroom procedures and we met the class hamster, Chululah.
But she got my attention, when she mentioned the desk fairy. The little invisible creature makes surprise visits to sprinkle fairy dust on clean desks and to leave a tiny treat. If the desks aren’t tidy, she leaves a little note, It reads “oops.”
Now, I don’t know about y’all, but my kids struggle a bit in the tidy room department. And according to Dr. Kimmel of Grace-Based parenting, it’s not all their fault. He encourages parent’s to pick their battles and lay off the room wars.
At family camp, he told us that we expect our kids to keep their plethora of toys organized in small bedrooms. In his opinion, it’s overwhelming and we should help them! They have more toys and smaller rooms than we did when we were kids.
Sitting at my son’s desk, I must have inhaled the fairy dust because when I got home, I emailed the room fairy, distant cousin to the desk fairy.
And guess what I discovered? She makes house calls.
I told my kids that she would visit the last day of every month and she might even throw in a surprise visit every now and then.
I have never seen my kids so excited to keep tidy rooms. My hubby and I help them, of course, but we are hearing less complaints. And if a pile begins to grow, I hear my kids encouraging each other, “she might be coming…”
And she did. She came and sprinkled her special glitter and delighted my kids. It was easy and fun! And such a positive way to reinforce taking care of our things.
(My almost 9 year old may be smarter than we think, but since glitter and treats are her love language, she cleans her room like the best of them).
(Sidenote bonus: If you don’t believe in fairies, Santa, bunny, small leprechauns, you can just lie. Oh, I’m kidding, just call it a surprise room inspection with a prize!)
Oh, the end of the month is almost here.
Now, where did I put those wings?
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