Please explain

I know when I was a kid my parents could never get me into the shower. But when they did, they could never get me out. I had three sisters and a brother and we lived in a 3 bedroom house with one bathroom for a while as youngsters. Geez that was fun. The arguments over the shower and toilet are legendary in our childhood neighbourhood.

Now as an adult I have a shower in the morning as soon as I wake up and before I go to bed. When I used to work shift work away I would have up to four showers a day based on my shifts. I have no issues with showering now. This must be a hurdle we cross going into adulthood as I now have four young kids of my own who will not get in the damned shower unless I have asked them 17 times, sent an SMS, emailed them multiple times, sent a morse code signal, smoke flares, sign language etc etc.. you get the gist. This game is getting old very quick. Then as soon as they get in, if I do not start telling them to get out, they will still be in the shower when I get up and go to work in the morning!

Why, what, how? I get it now sure – insert my parents saying that’s what they went through. But why can’t this process just be part of life functions that just happen. My kids make their own lunches now, get in and out of cars without my help and lots of other things like this. But come shower time and we get on the merry-go-round and away we go. Can someone explain what it is about shower time and this function that kids just don’t get?

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