Laura on Life
Making the bed
By Laura Snyder
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[March 17, 2010]
Making the bed doesnít seem like a particularly
difficult task, but most kids make it more difficult than it has to
be. If you think about it, making the task seem difficult and
whining about it is the only weapon a kid has against parental
authority. If they make it look like they canít do it, then surely
someone else will do it for them.
I taught my children only one way to make their beds, but from that
instruction came many variations. I swear that a bed-making imp must
arrive in the middle of the night to demolish any thoughts of logic
that I might have instilled and replaced them with some very
creative instructions on how to make a bed. The beds look nothing
like what I would consider "made."
Now, Iím not one of those army
sergeant types who have to see a quarter bounce on the bed before
theyíre satisfied. In fact, Iíve never been able to make that
happen. However, Iím fairly confident that the bed should not eat
the quarter after it has been tossed.
My daughterís bed, like many other young girlsí beds, has a
collection of stuffed animals and pillows on it that really should
be removed each time the bed is made. Apparently, they have taken up
a mutinous residence on her bed and refused to be moved. As a
result, my daughter is forced to tuck the blankets under them. This
is an improvement, however. She used to simply throw the blankets
over the top of the animals. Ta-da! Done!
My 13-year-old has been developing his theory that a bed can be
made while one is still in it. It is not uncommon for me to see him
squat-jumping on top of his bed while yanking a comforter into
place. His experiments have even extended to hypothesizing whether
he even has to make the bed at all. If he slept on top of the
blankets and folded the bottom half up over his body, he could
simply fold it back in the morning. We have found, though, that even
with this groundbreaking theory, squat-jumping is still required.
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My youngest boy apparently does not have the gene that retains
instruction. He does not like to be too warm while he is sleeping,
so he has only one thick comforter on his bed. The top sheet gets
stuffed down into the crack between the footboard and the mattress.
Why do they make sheets for kidís beds anyway?
The boy is all about low-maintenance. This is evidenced by the
fact that the one comforter he has is not necessarily used to cover
the bed, but to cover up the mess under the bed. As a result, one
edge of the blanket droops to the floor on the side of the bed I can
see from the doorway. The other edge is clinging to the top of the
bed for dear life.
Clearly, there are many ways to make the bed. However, if a
quarter bouncing on it is the indicator of a well-made bed, weíve
got a long way to go.
[By LAURA SNYDER]
Laura Snyder is a nationally syndicated columnist,
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