I just stepped away from work to my 5 year old screaming about something. He’s in the bath, so when he really starts screaming I fear that something bad has happened and usually check it out. I’ve learned the various levels of screaming from my children. When it’s an angry scream I usually ignore it when I’m working. When it’s a hurt scream, I usually at least go and check out what’s happening. I feel like I need to at least see if I need to stop further damage.
When I stepped out of my office (my bedroom) to check on the screaming today, I found my 5 year old taking a bath and my 2 year old fully clothed in the bath next to him. Not fun. My wife arrived just after me as we assessed the situation and how to respond. Since it wasn’t anything life threatening, I went back to my office and left the wet clothes and wet child to my wife.
At first I was feeling a little guilty for leaving my wife “the mess.” I guess I could have helped her, but I’m technically working right now (and I have more than a lot of work to do). Then, I thought about all the times I’m at work and a fully clothed 2 year old hops in the bathtub. Ok, not an actual 2 year old, but all day every day I’m solving the problems like a 2 year old hopping in the bathtub. In fact, some days I wish I was only dealing with some wet clothes and wet diaper and not the business problems I deal with day in and day out.
Luckily, I have the sweetest wife in the whole world and she didn’t say anything about it and happily (at least as happy as you can be with a wet 2 year old) fixed the situation. I’ll admit that sometimes I go out and spend time talking with my wife about my soaked clothed 2 year old work problems and that’s often very helpful. She’s a great listener. I think she knows she can come and talk to me about it anytime she wants too.
Long story short, we all have our fully clothed 2 year old in the bathtub problems. Life isn’t whether we’ll have challenges, but how we deal with them.