Countdown To College: Baby Einstein Grows Up

Article posted on Thursday, June, 23rd, 2011 at 12:49 pm by Dr. Nancy Berk   (11 comments)

Einstein's Trail

In 72 days, there will be an empty bedroom in our home. Right now it’s anything but empty. Our college-bound baby has a room that is overflowing with CDs (hundreds– maybe thousands), guitars (at least 4 but there could be 2 under the bed), and t-shirts (50% are on the floor). We plan to replace the carpet when he leaves because it will be the first time we’ve seen it since middle school.

I’ve requested, nagged, and threatened, but nothing works. As we go down the kid chain of parenting, some of us lower our standards. All of a sudden, we’re too tired to care or pick up the Mountain Dew cans. And after watching older sibs, younger kids get more skilled and creative at countering parent requests. This week our younger son informed me that his room is a mess because that is how “geniuses live”. Apparently, cleaning is a waste of time when your mind has more important things to address. He assured me that Einstein’s room could have been a scene from Hoarders and that Bill Gates and Steve Jobs parents just looked away.

Yes, having an empty nest will be a little neater, but I’m not perfect. My desk usually looks like a cyclone hit it. Thankfully, I now realize it’s not my fault. I’m just brilliant.


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