Being a parent is the proudest, most fulfilling role I’ve ever been gifted. I wasn’t expecting on doing this solo; however, when you’re dealt a hand that throws you off your original course, you have to do the best you can to get back on track and win the game using the cards in front of you.
So between school, running a business, piano lessons, PTA, taekwondo, teaching, and cub scouts, I learned to creatively tackle my daily responsibilities without completely losing my sanity. And, whether you’re a couple or a single parent like me, chances are you’ll be nodding in agreement to a few of these!
- Fix broken toys while peeing.
- Brush your teeth while peeing.
- Get your child changed for school while they’re peeing.
- Hold an impromptu PTA board meeting on the phone while bathing your child.
- Discuss your child’s thoughts while you shower and he sits on the toilet.
- Discuss your child’s thoughts while you sit on the toilet and he sits just outside the bathroom door.
- Hang already worn clothes in the bathroom after you’ve taken a hot shower to “steam clean.”
No $75/hr Therapy Bills to Feel & Release Your Emotions.
- Phone company commercials that have you crying buckets.
- Country music that forces you to go raw and feel your emotions.
- Terms of Endearment. ‘Nuff said.
- Peeling a bag of potatoes to help get you in “zen” mode.
- Having deep discussions with yourself, while driving to pick your child up from school.
Let Children Be Children.
- The $10 store gift card left under the pillow by the tooth fairy because you didn’t have cash on you.
- Replacing Mr. Goldfish who went belly up while your child was at school, with an identical Mr. Goldfish.
- Dance with The Wiggles, sing with Barney, and talk in chipmunk voices just to see your baby smile.
- Eat food that’s fallen out of your child’s mouth.
- Wipe your child’s nose with your bare hand.
- Wipe a booger from your child’s face with your bare hand.
- Shower? But it’s only been 6 days!
Getting Some Much Needed Sleep.
- Pass out on the laundry room floor, hunched over a clean basket of clothes while the kids are at school.
- Nap while standing against the kitchen counter while waiting for the water to boil.
That’s NOT All Folks!
- Blowing on food that’s in your child’s mouth because he says it’s still hot.
- Reading business plans for story time to get two things done at once.
- Getting caught up on current events with the maintenance man, mailman, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and other adults who come to your door.
- “Girls Night Out” now means Zumba classes at the local gym.
Being a parent can be crazy, but as long as you and your child’s health and safety are not at risk, you’ll both be fine! We’ve all been there and I believe our kids really do appreciate all we do for them – yes, even when we stuffed breakfast in their faces while rushing them half dressed, to their classroom in the morning.
Besides, being a “perfect” parent is overrated anyway.