Monday, August 10, 2009

What Every Mom Should Know

Today as I ran to the mailbox expecting nothing but bills to be paid, I unexpectedly received my monthly copy of Parents magazine. Though some information in this magazine is a little hokey, I do enjoy reading through it - getting ideas from other mothers, reading quick and easy recipes, looking though the newest recall list or thumbing through the adds of newly added baby products.
Since my husband cleaned the upstairs of the house, did all the laundry, washed all the dishes, mowed the lawn, fertilized the lawn, towed away the pile of old sod, hung the towel rack, went grocery shopping, and bathed our children over the weekend while I was working, there was absolutely nothing for me to do but pick up my magazine and head outside during nap time today (must note: I'm sure there was stuff for me to do but in all truthfulness, I didn't feel like doing anything.)
I read through from cover and cover and came across a couple of things I'd like to share but the first being an article entitled
39 Things Every Mom Should Know

For space purposes, I won't share the whole list but some of these are way too funny to pass up. If you agree with any or all of these as a mother, do leave me a comment. I laughed my hinder off when I read through this very amusing list.

1) Don't make birthday parties a huge deal

2) Do your chores while kids are awake. Using up nap time to wash dishes or clean the bathroom is truly soul crushing.

3) If the kids are awake, bite the bullet and be awake yourself. You'll waste so many hours trying futilely to extend early-morning snoozes that it's not worth it. If you are sick, pregnant, or its the middle of the night, ignore this advice.

4) Just throw away the poopy underwear.

5) Don't beat yourself up if you have to use a bribe.

6) Buy cheap shoes when kids are little. Feet grow faster than you think.

7) Embrace their quirks.

8) Know this: That stain won't come out. And its' okay. (The sooner you accept this, the better).

9) Never stifle a generous inclination.

10) Teach them to pump on the swings ASAP.

11) Buy kids deodorant before they need it.

12) Dress your little girls like, well, little girls.

13) Always pack wipes. If your kids go somewhere without you, send along wipes. It's like having a mom with them.

14) Don't administer a punishment that hurts you more than it does them.

15) It's fine to brag about yourself to your kids.

16) Independence is a wonderful thing. For everyone. So is together time. Make sure you have a healthy dose of both.

17) Buy quaint wooden toys and hand-knit stuffed animals, but don't expect your kids to play with them.

18) Remember clogging lessons are not in the best interest of the child.

19) Do not all the word wienies in your home

20) If your child falls asleep occasionally without brushing her teeth, don't wake her; baby teeth do eventually fall out.

By: Kacy Faulconer

This is just a sampling but man, how some of these are true. Made for a good laugh for me this afternoon - hope you have enjoyed as well.


Anonymous said...

Love it! Thank you for sharing! Great advice!


Marla said...

I just read that same article and was just laughing. It's so true. We forget so many times just to have a good time as a mom. We let all the little things cloud our focus on what's really important- having fun with our kids and enjoying this season!

Enjoy your season as a mom.

From Marla-a fellow mom in VA

MerrandaVK said...

catching up on your blog. great advice! love these.