In an effort to be the best parent I could be, I did some online research about parenting and thought I would share my findings with you. While all of this advice is as good as gold in my opinion, you should at no point take this post as proven or serious. We all need a little laughter in our lives and this is our effort to bring some joy to into yours.
I Have To Wake Up Early
Seriously. Why is it that the kids have to get up so early? I no more than get them to sleep and then they are up again. I think what bothers me the most is when they stand next to my bed and watch me sleep. Then, all of a sudden you get this weird sense that you are being watched and you slowly open your eyes to find someone staring at you. That is scary stuff! I figure I am pretty much going to go without sleep for at least the next 20 years. Why didn't I read this before in all the parenting advice books?
Children Shouldn't Eat Dirt
Is this true for any of you? Hand raised. I would love to say that I'm not guilty of this, but I totally am. My daughter by far got the best of me. By the time my youngest son came along, it was all over. While I don't recall too much dirt eating, I do recall the binky cleaning getting more and more lazy. With the first kiddo, if the binky fell on the floor, we would immediately find the nearest sink and wash it under hot water and soap for three minutes. By the second kiddo, if the binky fell on the floor, we'd wipe it off with a baby wipe and give it back to him. Then, with my youngest, if his binky fell on the floor, we'd dust it off any debris on our pant leg and give it right back. Sorry, buddy. That is certainly parenting at its finest.
Have Your Kid at the Bus Stop On Time
I try very hard to have my children to the bus stop on time every day. I can honestly say that my children have never missed the bus. Now, I will admit that there may have been a few times when I was practically shoving kids out the door while the bus waited at the end of my driveway. Perhaps you heard me yelling, "Run faster," the whole way over at your house. Regardless, this e-card made total sense to me. Make sure you send them out the door with plenty of time to spare. We wouldn't want to keep the bus driver waiting now, would we?
Parents Should Be Advocates
Advocating for our children's best interests is another part of parenting. Spending the summer with my children at home reminds me just how valuable my children's teachers really are. The job that teachers do with four, five, or six times the amount of kids I do on a daily basis is big. No scratch that. The work they do isn't big. It's GIGANTIC! Knowing what I do for my four children, I cannot imagine how stressful teaching must be at times. I am so very thankful that my children have the awesome teachers that they do.
Parents Need Breaks, Too
Summer camp is a beautiful thing. You see, summer camp isn't just for kids. Sure, it gives the kids great experiences. It can provide an education that school cannot. Furthermore, it can teach kids a lot about themselves and how to care for themselves away from home. But, summer camp can also provide moms and dads with the much needed breaks they so desperately deserve. 365/24/7 we are parents. Just because we are away from our kids for a day or two here and there doesn'tnegate the fact that we are still parents. We still worry. We still wonder. We still hope for the best for our children. Give yourself a minute to breathe and take advantage of the amazing programs that are out there for kids. It's good for all parents and your kids will thank you too.