I've been a mother for just shy of 11 years now. (Damn, that makes me feel old! ) I was thinking today about some of the wonderful lessons I've learned through this fabulous experience called parenthood. I thought I'd share a few of them. If you are a parent, you can empathize. If you aren't, see what you have to look forward to. *evil grin*
-A trip to the emergency room will inevitably last at least 4 hours,
even if there is only one person in the waiting room when you arrive.
-A normally meek 2 year-old can instantly gain Incredible Hulk
strength when a doctor attempts to extract something from her nose.
-The words "Uh-oh. Don't tell Mom." coming from the other room can only mean something bad.
-You can lead a child to vegetables, but you can't make them eat.
-Just when you think you have this whole parenting thing figured out, the Universe laughs in your face. (It sent me a Leo!)
-Mothers can function on 2 hours of sleep.
-Children can function on less.
-Pick your battles. You won't have enough energy for everything, so decide what's most important.
-Boys will track mud into the house even in the midst of a major
drought. Especially just after you've finished mopping the floor.
-Dogs make for easier clean-up after meals.
-Imaginations are great. Who'd have thought that the ends of a 5 year-old's shoe laces could become battling knights?
-10 year-olds like to sit quietly on the edges of adult conversation,
thinking if they are quiet enough the adults will forget about them and
say something good.
-That same 10 year-old will repeat what he hears in that adult conversation to his friends, taking it completely out of context.
-Bad dreams happen, especially when Mommy and Daddy are "talking". *wink, wink*
-Kids are not "wasting time" when they are laying around staring off into space. They are figuring things out.
-Things CAN be learned from video games, like reading, and history, and machanics, and persistence, and research skills.
-My kids amaze me on a daily basis. Most days I think they teach me more about life than I can ever teach them.
-My life is infinitely richer because of my children.