A lot of parents get really freaked out when they find out their kid has some
psychological neurological issues. Although I am not thrilled about the tantrums and the inability to modulate his volume, the OCD? It could be worse.
8 Reasons I’m glad my son has OCD
He brushes his teeth for 3 minutes. While you guys are fighting to get your kids to brush their teeth, I am fighting to get mine to stop. As the drool runs down his chin and on to the bathroom floor, I am telling him enough already, while he isn’t sure he got every spot. And don’t get me started on how nicely he rolls up his toothpaste tube.
He always makes sure all the lights in the house are off. As we leave any room in the house he has to make sure every light switch has been turned off in a very precise manner. Heaven forbid I “slide the switch” with the palm of my hand, I must “flip the switch.” And all I have to say is, “Oh I forgot to turn the lights off,” and he scurries off to do it for me, because I won’t do it right.
He carries his own Purell. Now I know you are jealous, not only are his hands always clean, whenever I forget mine there is a handy spare in his pocket! And when his gets empty, he refills it himself!
His hand writing is really neat. He has to get that word just right, between the lines, p is a rule breaker, so is f. We just have to make sure all of that erasing doesn’t rip the paper because then we have to start all over again.
He is super helpful. Yesterday it was so windy and a lot of our neighbors garbage cans fell down, he insisted on getting out of the car to put them back up. Nice and straight. In a row.
He keeps the dishwasher organized. When he does put his dishes in the dishwasher, I often hear a lot of clanging. Worried, I check out the kitchen to find the dishwasher so neatly organized that we can fit another half a load in!
If there is the tiniest tear in something he has to sew it. I know, right?! Who even sews these days? I don’t! But that kid can sew a button with the best of them. And every time his pup pup’s leg falls off in the wash, he sews that sucker right back on.
All his ducks in a row. He is still a kid, and doesn’t always put his toys away. But when he does, they are put away neatly and the same way. Every time.
She is the author and creator of JenKehl.com, Homeschooling My Way, and Beyond Blog Design. She has been published on BlogHer, BonBon Break, Scary Mommy, Mamapedia and several other parenting websites. Her work is included in the best-selling anthology The Mother of All Meltdowns, When she’s not writing about parenting special needs, 70s music and keeping the man from poisoning our kids, she’s watching Laverne & Shirley with headphones on to block out the kid with the missing volume control button.
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