Sunday, July 18, 2010

25 Things I've Learned As A Parent

I saw this on a blog I read, and thought I'd play along.
1. Lunch rarely gets more easy than PB&J.
2. Poop becomes far more important that one could ever dream.
3. Kids need WAY less stuff than the registry at Babies 'R Us would have you believe.
4. Kids accumulate stuff at an astounding rate.
5. Chores can be taught really early. If the kid can walk, he can throw away his own diaper.
6. Never underestimate the power of counting.
7. Most days may start off with the thought "How can I exhaust them so they'll take a nap?"
8. As much as I love them, God loves them even more.
9. Praying for their safety becomes as natural and often as breathing.
10. Eventually, listening to the baby say "Mama" becomes tiresome.
11. Nothing is better than the sweaty baby smell after a nap in warm weather.
12. Sometimes, the baby sleeps in your bed just because you want her there.
13. When it's 9 p.m., and you put your son to bed 2 hours ago, and he comes into the living room to tell you about the moon, you go out on the porch and look at the moon with him.
14. Caffeine can get you through a lot.
15. Sometimes, it's really hard to be patient.
16. It's healthy and normal to do things without your children attached to you.
17. A pedicure can go a long way in boosting morale.
18. You understand why your mom gave you two choices for dinner - Take it or leave it. And you give your kids the same choices.
19. Sometimes, it's okay to bribe your kids so you can do what you want to do (like browse in a yarn shop....)
20. Your spouse will never be able to keep up with all the nuances of your schedule with the kids.
21. The kids survive anyway.
22. Breakfast for dinner once in a while stretches the food budget.
23. Not all moms can leave their husbands to put the kids to bed. Try not to hold it against them.
24. I'm really blessed that my husband can be left at any time with the kids, and I hardly have to think about it.
25. There are never too many hugs and kisses.


Jane said...


I'm getting error messages when I try to leave you a comment.

I think 21 should be number one and here is another one I grew up hearing my father tell my mother:
you don't raise children for yourself, you raise them for the world.

Nina said...