My kids are constantly leaving lights on all over the house. It’s driving me crazy. If I had a nickel for every time I had to turn off one of their lights, well I guess I wouldn’t worry so much about the electric bill (irony). It’s become a daily event, walking the house and checking every room. I am fuming while I do it. Are they mocking me? Because I know I’ve told them each individually and as a group how stressful it is for their dad and I to find lights on that aren’t needed.
Our boys live in the ground floor nanny flat which has its own air conditioning unit, so in the summer we can add the air conditioning and fan in our sons’ room to the list of prospective power drainers (and why for the love of all things rational do they feel entitled to set the dial to 66 degrees? And then run a fan on top of that? Are they penguins? Slabs of beef?). We’ve thought about installing one of those locking thermostat covers, but my gosh is that really necessary? Can’t we appeal to their sense of responsibility or – dare I say it – their respect for our home?
As a parent unit, my husband and I have discussed this on numerous occasions. We have resorted to removing light bulbs from bathrooms (short-lived, I mean this is not practical or safe for anyone), yelling, removing privileges, begging, rationalizing (I promise, no matter how it’s presented they DO NOT CARE about the electric bill)…nothing works. Is there a chip missing that doesn’t kick in until adulthood?
So, moms and dads, what do you do to enforce the little things that collectively result in more blood pressure spikes than an In n Out Burger double double? I mean, on their own they sound petty and nit-picky. We’re supposed to ‘pick our battles’, right? But taken as a collective, I can’t help but think what a complete and utter disregard these kids are showing for our hard-earned money and the lack of concern they demonstrate for an issue that is constantly driving the adults in the household nuts.
What are the little things that cause you big headaches?