Hello, my name is Kelly and I have a repeating problem. It started about 10 years ago. I didn’t realize it was a problem until recently. Maybe you have this problem, too. Consider these rhetorical questions:
- Do you find yourself giving the same instructions to your children over and over?
- Does it seem your voice is mute to anyone under the age of 18 until you raise it to a window-rattling volume?
- Do you find yourself counting to 3 by quarters, as in, “one, two, two and half, two and three-quarters . . . three!”?
My repeating problem started innocently enough. I would ask my strong-willed toddler very nicely to pick up her toys. Then, when she walked off without obeying, I would call her back and repeat my instructions. As she got older and her will grew stronger, it took more repetition to get her to obey.