The other day as I was tidying the house for some impending guests, which involved removing a basketball from the bathroom, relocating a caravan of toy trucks from beneath the dining room table, and emptying ping pong balls from most of the shoes in the entryway, I found myself reflecting on some of the things I’ve learned since becoming a parent 18 months ago.
- They put those “Keep out of reach of children” warnings on medications, because when a baby is crying, parents look around frantically, wanting to hand the little one anything that might stop the crying.
- Babies speak their own language. Recently at the park, I was feeling quite proud that my son and I were conversing. Then I looked at the mom next to me and realized that we weren’t using any actual words. They were all words my son had made up : gagoom (park), ga ga (dog), nana (food), na-nome (book), gin gin (bath), etc.
- Babies will eat almost anything they find on the floor. And if it resembles food or if it once did, like a day-old apple slice or dust-covered Wheat Thin, most parents will shrug it off. Maybe it’s the sleep deprivation. Or maybe, we know it could be worse. My friend was at a fast-food restaurant several years ago and looked up to see his two-and-a-half-year-old licking the garbage can.
- If you get the feeling that you’ve gotten this parenting thing down and might be a candidate for Mother or Father-of the-Year, the next day, you will invariably be near tears by lunch time, feel hopelessly incompetent, and want to beg your partner (or the mailman) to come take over.
- If it’s your partner who’s having the above kind of day, you’ll have a hard time understanding what could possibly be so hard, forgetting the many times you’ve felt exactly the same way.
- Kids grow up fast. And having kids means you have to repeat that cliche over and over again.
Your turn. Are you a parent? What have you learned from the experience?
(This post is for Steady Mom’s 30 Minute Blog Challenge.)