Following the leader

22 Jan

Maura has this weird habit in the mornings.  We get her up, we get her ready, etc…and then she follows me about the house.

I don’t know if she learned it from the dogs, or the dogs learned it from her, but on any given morning, I could be rushing about and have one child and two dogs hot on my heels.  We live in a split level house, and so it’s five stairs up to bedrooms, five stairs down to family room, main level in the middle.  Which means it gives Maura multiple levels to, say, hide her shoes.  I’ll go try to hunt them down, only to turn around and find a traffic jam of girl and dogs on the stairs.

It’s one of those little things that drives me batty.  Absolutely batty.  Every time, I’ll say “Wait here.” and every time she’ll follow me.  The dogs I can kennel or put outside at least.  But Maura will always follow.

Part of the problem I have with it all is that I’m trying to rush and hurry and get the thing we need quickly.  Maura doesn’t do quickly.  I will be down the stairs, grabbing the thing, and halfway back when I run into her as she tries to keep up.  So then I must herd her back to the main level.  If we’re cutting it close to the bus’s arrival, it’s especially frustrating, because I was trying to do that one quick last minute thing and now, time has to stop so Maura can follow me back.

Granted, when she decides to go get something, she can disappear instantly.  It’s one of her tricks.

This morning, I realized I reached a new parenting low.  Because after having to climb around both Maura and the little dog, and losing Maura because she was trying to find her new book to bring to school, and figuring out that it was the book she wanted to find, I told her “Wait here, I’ll go find it.”

I started down stairs, and she started to follow.

“No…stay here….stay here….stay….good girl.”

And I realized what came out of my mouth.


Bad mom…bad!



6 Responses to “Following the leader”

  1. Sparrowgrass January 22, 2015 at 12:15 pm #

    These things happen. When my husband was stood in front of the cutlery drawer the other day I went into horse handling mode by accident; tapped him on the chest saying “back up … back up.” He was not impressed! At least you have the excuse that dogs and kids live in the same house- my horse has never been in our kitchen so that should have helped me keep it separate!

  2. franhunne4u January 22, 2015 at 3:37 pm #

    Come on, you REALIZED .. that is good. You know you should not talk to your child like you talk to your dogs – but when she insists on behaving like a dog you could not help it – forgive yourself. I thought you had meant that sarcastically …

    • phoebz4 January 22, 2015 at 3:49 pm #

      Yeah, she can be a puppy sometimes, lol! But also, when in Ireland, teachers and such were always saying “that’s a good girl” in praise and I picked it up…

      At least she listens, unlike the dogs 😉

  3. Laura January 22, 2015 at 5:41 pm #

    I’ve had a puppy for all of three weeks and totally did that to one of my boys. They didn’t notice. Hm.

  4. Josephine January 23, 2015 at 2:46 am #

    I don’t think that was actually as bad as it, uhm ….. sounds.

  5. Lori-Anne January 23, 2015 at 2:52 am #

    haha, that’s kind of awesome! 🙂

    My boy is a follower too. I have tripped over him so many times! *sigh* But it’s my toddler who likes to hide stuff or herself at the last minute. Oh that just gets me so worked up!!! Grr! It’s always when we are late too.

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