I cannot stop telling my almost thirteen year old to look both ways before she crosses the street. I cannot stop telling my ten year old to make sure he stands in front of the "potty long enough to make sure" he is really and truly all done. I always tell the kids to wear a jacket, "because I am cold."
I almost had myself convinced that this was a smother issue and I needed to just let the kids grow up and, gasp, maybe even back off a little. That was until my grandmother called my father before he visited her in January. She told him that the weather was cold and he needed to pack warm clothes.
HA! My dad is a GRANDFATHER and his MOM is still telling him how cold it is outside. My dad has two Bachelor's, a Master's, and a Ph.D. He is a freakin' scientist and his mom told him it was cold outside and to pack warm clothes.
I wonder if, when my dad was visiting them and he went to the bathroom, she told him to make sure he was in the potty long enough to make sure he was really done.
And don't forget to wash your hands.