Do your kids spend more time than you would like on-line? Here is a little story about what happened at my house the other day that made me thankful for a little of that on-line time and the day YouTube became my best friend.
I walked in the door after a 45 minute commute from work, exhausted and ready for 15 minutes of ‘me’ time to unwind. I was accosted at the front door by my youngest son who was very anxious for me to pay his room a visit before I did anything else.
Several thoughts went through my mind all at once . . .his science experiment had produced something ghastly, the dog had ruined yet another slat in his window blinds, or any number of other horrors that can be found in a young boys room that I’d rather forget about!
I wasn’t convinced that whatever he had to show me trumped my need for a little regrouping, but I knew I would get no peace until I made the trek to his room to see whatever it was he was so anxious to show me.
As I entered his room, expecting the worst, this is what he had to show me . . .
I stood there for a few minutes in awe.
Did you see this? Typically, this is the state of his dresser drawers . . .
You can imagine my surprise. I asked him if his sister helped him to straighten his room. I have been after this kid for most of his young life about the state of his room and his dresser drawers that magically turn to the above state about 10 seconds after I straighten them.
My son surprised me further by proudly telling me he did it himself. I was dumbfounded and frankly, I was having a hard time believing it. He could sense this, so he whipped out a shirt, then promptly refolded it neatly and filed it back in his drawer to prove he had acquired the new skill.
I asked if his sister taught him how to fold and it was then that he told me he learned how to do it on YouTube. Seems that YouTube has a few instructional videos on drawer organization.
There you have it. YouTube became my best friend that day. What a wonderful surprise!
Of course it got me thinking on how I could get a few more instructional videos in this kids feed!
I do have to tell you that in order to get the 2nd picture so I could show you the amazing drawer transformation, my son had to mess things up to its pre YouTube state. He was happy to do it for the picture and then promptly, refolded and refiled all of his clothes once again. Nothing like a little family cooperation for the sake of a blog post. I love that boy!