I would like to start off by saying this is NOT an advice column about raising children. This is merely an insight into how funny these little creatures are no matter how terrible or angelic. My three children all range on a behavior scale somewhere between normal to subnormal depending on the day, hour and phases of the moon. My husband and I’s philosophy on parenting is raising our children to be able to handle themselves in a dark alley with a shady character but to also be welcomed in the graces of Queen Elizabeth. I would say we are far from reaching our goal but they are pretty decent to the check out lady at the grocery store and none of them are afraid of bugs or toads.
I have always considered myself the creative type. I enjoy art and writing. Before children I did these things occasionally when I had free time. It was relaxing and fun. In the seven years I have been a mother I have HAD to be creative almost every single day. I’m not talking about macaroni projects or finger painting. I am talking about beads of sweat, eye popping, mind numbing, think fast creative…..
What can I use for a diaper since I forgot the diaper bag and this kid clearly did not sit on a Hershey bar.
An answer to my 7 year old’s question of why didn’t the tooth fairy respond to the note I wrote her (she didn’t lose a tooth….she views the tooth fairy as her pen pal.)
Figuring out who knocked down all the bathroom shelves when asking, “Who did this?” is getting me nowhere.
Determining an original and mouth-watering name for the casserole of the day.
This kind of creativity is sometimes exhausting but I’m becoming more brilliant by the day. As for my fun and relaxing time; that is now reserved for sitting back and watching the kids argue about who was given the juiciest, sweetest strawberries for lunch and knowing it’s about to turn into another memory I’ll be able to write down.
P.S. When the tooth fairy finally got back to responding to my daughter she apologized for she had been in another country helping deliver toothpaste and floss to poor children!