Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Parenting 101

Things I've learned about parenting that I wish I'd known from the beginning:

  1. Babies who are old enough to feed themselves, but not old enough to bathe themselves will smell funny in a very short time.

  2. Once your child learns what pockets are, you will begin to find strange treasures inside.  Anything can be in there.  From leftover food to their favorite toy.  Check pockets.

  3. If your child tells you that your nose looks funny, and you remember a bug trying to fly into it earlier in the day, check your nose.

  4. When you eat with your kids, pack wet wipes.

  5. Being able to say "poo poo" or "pee pee" doesn't necessarily mean that your child wishes to do either of those things on the potty.

  6. Never leave the house without a diaper. Murphy's law totally applies to diapers. When you leave the house without one, you're asking your child to poo.

  7. Homeschooling does not mean that your child will always feel like learning.

  8. Other parents understand when your child learns to say "truck" but it doesn't sound like "truck".  People without children will think that you are teaching your kids to say things they shouldn't.

  9. If they're quiet, they're into something.

  10. Any food or drink that appears yummy and left within reach of children will be pounced upon. Even if you've said no.

These are just a few things that popped off the top of my head. I'll have to add to the list sometime.

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