My least favorite child maintenance task is trimming the kids’ nails. Inevitably, I cut the nails too short and the cuticles bleed. Jason cries and squirms as I attempt to hold his hand still enough for nail trimming, but not so tight that it hurts him. Laura is old enough that I can bribe her with television. Still, she pulls away after each nail is clipped. I do a mental countdown as I cut each nail, “Only 5 more to go, only 4 more to go…”
As much I’d like to procrastinate this task, the signs that it is time to cut nails are hard to ignore:
- Scratches on child’s face and body
- Nails digging into my skin when child grabs my arm
- Dirt under the nails
The best part about trimming the kids’ nails is that it is another week before I have to do it again.
What is your least favorite child maintenance task?