Parenting is an exhausting, yet rewarding, journey. One that is filled with trial and error. Some things are learned the hard way. Some things are just intuitive. I think the best thing we can all do for each other is to share our knowledge and of course have a healthy amount of
judgement self-reflection. Here are 10 things I’ve learned over the past two and a half years with my little monsters cherubs!
- Wine paired with anything can and should be considered dinner.
- Trust your gut. If it looks like poop, and smells like poop, it’s probably poop.
- When your two-year old asks for a litter box for Christmas, it means you are failing miserably at potty training. Change your strategy. Change it quick. PS-we don’t have a cat, and she doesn’t want a cat, just a litter box. A pink one.
- Don’t buy toys with a million pieces unless you enjoy 52 pick-up with said pieces, every single day, multiple times a day.
- Privacy while going to the bathroom is a privilege. Enjoy it when and where you can, because the next time you have to “go,” you may hear that sweet two-year old voice behind you saying “I come too?” … Sure, why not. I love being stared at with anticipation while sitting on the toilet. Swell.
- You know you are bribing your child too frequently when her first question to you at daycare pick-up is “you have fruit snack?” …. Yes, yes I do.
- Prepare yourself to read the same book over and over again. This week we’re reading “Drippy and Sticky’s Day at The Fire Station.” Every time I get to the last page, I am overwhelmed with a feeling of immeasurable glee. That is of course until I close the book and hear the word that every parent dreads, “ Again!” Then, I am overcome with the feeling that I want Drippy and Sticky to die.
- The grocery store at 4:55PM is like the hunger games for adults. It is overcrowded with parents who are trying to grab a few necessities like alcohol and butt cream without being late for daycare pick-up. It’s ugly. It’s really ugly. Avoid it at all cost.
- Stop feeling bad about lying to your kids. It is the only way to survive. I can’t even count the amount of times in a day that I say, “Yes, we will do that soon.” Or, “Maybe we can do that later,” and of course, “let’s talk about it after nap.”
- Finally, a motto to live by: “You whine, I wine.” No exceptions.