I think of myself as a reasonable person. I mean, most of the time that is. I will think to myself, “It’s perfectly reasonable to expect that an eight year old child will remove muddy boots before he jumps on the couch. Right?” But no. It’s not.
Turns out my expectation of how things should be and how things really are two VERY different things. Let’s play a little game of Expectation vs. Reality. Feel free to
laugh play along.
EXPECTATION: My children will listen when I am speaking to them.
REALITY: My children are thinking about everything BUT what I am saying.
MODERN CONVENIENCE: “You will not be allowed to play on an electronic device until you repeat back to me what I just said.”
Note from mom- it works every time.
EXPECTATION: My children will come to a point where they understand what healthy food is and choose that for their snacks.
REALITY: Upon inspection, the kids choose the most fattening, high fructose corn syrup-laden item in the fridge.
Example: ”Mom, can I have this marshmallow fluff for my snack?”
MODERN CONVENIENCE: The fruit/vegetable drawer is exactly at eye level for my little munchkins and is inevitably the first thing they see when scouring the fridge for treats. It makes it easy for me to suggest, “Have an apple!”
EXPECTATION: The kids will understand and appreciate what it means to be a conscientious consumer. They will practice energy conservation.
REALITY: My precious bundles of joy open the fridge, grab a snack, then leave. Just walk away. With the door WIDE OPEN.
MODERN CONVENIENCE: Our fabulous GE Appliances fridge has a buzzer that alerts me when the door has been left ajar. I hear it no less than five times a day. It also has a fabulous “Lock Controls” option which means I won’t find huge puddles of water and ice cubes on the floor because one of my kids happens to be obsessed with water and ice cubes.
EXPECTATION: My five beautiful kids will learn how to avoid spilling things.
REALITY: Those five beautiful kids will no doubt find the sweetest, stickiest, hardest-to-clean liquid in the fridge and spill it everywhere that light shines.
MODERN CONVENIENCE: Adjustable spill proof shelves, clearly worth their weight in gold. If any of that sticky orange juice had gotten on my White Chocolate Cinnamon Cake I would have lost precious time and money. And time and money are probably two of the biggest stresses a busy working mom deals with! Knowing my cake will be safe and sound and chilled to perfection is a big, big relief.
Clearly the key to happiness is simple: When it comes to children, abandon all expectations and assume the worst. They are not going to listen, they will always choose sugar over veggies, they will do absentminded things, and they will most definitely spill. Many, many things will be spilled. When it comes to saving your sanity, buy a GE Appliances Fridge! GE Appliances is helping us all to reimagine our homes! They spend countless hours studying consumer insights about appliances – looking to improve the design and functionality of each one. My relationship with my fridge is simple. She (yes, it’s a she) does all the work and I reap all the benefits. It’s win-win.
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