This week, for the very first time, I got a call from Gallup doing a study on something or other in America.I declined to participate, but it got me thinking. Coming off election season, it seems all everyone is doing all day is taking polls.
So I figured I’d hop on the bandwagon and do a little study on my own too. Only this one won’t cost us any of tax payer’s money..
The goal of this poll, just like Gallup, is “to deliver relevant, timely, and visionary research on what (children) around the world think and feel. Using impeccable data and behavioral indicators that are vital to strategic plans,” I present to you the Gallup-ing Poll.
To emphasize, all the children in this study are being brought up under the same guidance, environment, rules and adult love and care. Therefore, we cannot say that any of the results are based on the environment, surrounding, exposure or anything of the like. And the results are astounding – see for yourself!
4 out of 7 children, between the ages of 2 – 12, born to the same mother, will put their shoes in their cubby where they are supposed to, while 3 out of 7 will not.
2 out of 8 children will get ready for bed the first time they are told, 1 out of 8 will need to be told 3 times and 5 out of 8 will need to be led by the hand.
And yes, just to reiterate, they are all born to the same mother, raised in the same house with the same rules
2 out of 2 children, between ages 2-3, will prefer to write on the wall than on a sheet of paper.
7 out of 8 children will prefer not to clean up their spot at the table after mealtimes.
4 out of 8 children will need to be told twice, and 3 out of 7 will need to be threatened before clearing their spot.
1 out of 8 children will naturally put their clothing in the hamper.
4 out of 8 children will slurp their spaghetti and ketchup so that it sprays red spots all over the kitchen.
2 out of 8 children will wear their food by the time the meal is over.
2 out of 8 children can wear their clothes for two days straight and it will still be as good as new.
1 out of 8 children needs new shoes every 6 weeks, while 2 out of 8 children can wear their shoes for a year straight and still get more use out of them.
5 out of 8, raised with the same rules, will dump their dirty clothes in any spot they so wish.
1 out of 8 children will only need to be told twice, and then will pick up their clothes and put it in the hamper.
1 out of 8 children will always clean their spot and tidy up around them and leave no trace of their mess.
2 out of 2 children, between the ages of 2-3, enjoy painting toothpaste on the bathroom mirror.
0 out of 2 children, between the ages of 2-3, will put the caps back on the markers they are using.
1 out of 1 newly toilet trained child will enjoy pulling a roll of toilet paper as far as it can go.
2 out of 7 children going to school will misbehave and be sent out of class.
1 out of 7 children will not want to go to school.
4 out of 7 children will love going to school every day.
2 out of 7 children who go to school will get dressed the moment they wake up.
3 out of 7 children will wait until 2 minutes before it’s time to leave, and then get dressed.
And there will always be 1 out of 7 children who will start to get dressed 2 minutes after we were supposed to leave.
3 out of 7 children will do homework on their own.
1 out of 7 children will not do homework, ever.
4 out of 8 children look forward to bath/shower night.
2 out of 8 children only want to shower in the morning.
2 out of 8 shower prefer not to shower at all.
2 out of 8 children wear their socks and shoes from the moment they wake up until bedtime.
4 out of 8 children will put on their socks only when they are ready to leave the house.
1 out of 8 children will prefer to go barefoot, both inside and outside.
3 out of 8 children love to read.
2 out of 8 children love to bake.
1 out of 8 children will help in the kitchen when asked.
1 out of 8 children will ask to help.
4 out of 8 children prefer not to help at all.
8 out of 8 children, growing up in identical environments, will each grow and blossom at their own pace. Each will have their own personality and will not conform to those around them.
Treat each child like their own world. And my fellow parents, let’s stop blaming ourselves for every time one of our children doesn’t act the way we want them to.