Bear with me. I’ll get this parenting advice bee out of my bonnet soon and be back to self deprecating humor.
Practice saying this to little Johnny (or Ronnie or whatever the Hell your kid’s name is).
“I am NOT your pack mule. You do not hand me stuff to carry that you’re perfectly capable of toting, yourself. ”
“I am DEFINITELY NOT your trash receptacle. Do NOT hand me your empty chips bag or string cheese wrapper or juice box or wadded up napkins or anything else that you’re done with….Locate a garbage can (or recycling bin) and throw the stuff away. Mommy will watch from over here and applaud your independence.”
-said Angela to no one in particular