Ok, confession time. I'm not ashamed to admit that I'm a huge germaphobe -- to the point where I can probably be considered as having borderline OCD, that's how much germs freak me out.
I'm addicted to hand sanitizer. I literally cringe when someone coughs or sneezes. And the mere thought of sitting down on a public toilet seat without covering it in layers of toilet paper makes me hyperventilate a little.
But I'm starting to think I need to take a major chill pill, because unfortunately, my insane germaphobia is starting to rub off on my 6-year-old son -- and I really don't want him to wind up like me.
Think I'm exaggerating? Here are seven ways I'm turning my son into a total germaphobe.
- When commercials for Chuck E. Cheese's come on the TV, he immediately yells, "Germ-fest!" (We've never been there, and we're never going.)
- As soon as he gets home from school and comes in the house, he instinctively heads to the bathroom to wash his hands.
- When we go to other people's homes, he ALWAYS kicks his shoes off before walking through the door, because I have a strict "no shoes in the house" policy. (But who doesn't?)
- The other day, my mom went to hand him a $5 bill for getting a good report card. Before accepting it from her, he grabbed a napkin so he wouldn't have to actually touch it.
- At restaurants, he also uses a napkin to grab the ketchup bottle. (You never know where people's hands have been!)
- He also stretches his hands out to be sprayed down with sanitizer the minute the menus are taken away after we order. (Again, you never know who has touched them.)
- Upon entering the grocery store, he walks over to where the cart wipes are to grab one before I do.
Yep. I'm creating a mini-OCD-me. For sure. (Sorry, little dude.)
Have any of your bad habits rubbed off on your kids?
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