Sometimes being a parent is like living in a war zone.
You’re not sure where your enemy is hiding and what they’re going to do next!
Before children I was pretty confident I knew HEAPS about being a parent.
I was a nanny for three years on and off in New York so was quite
deluded sure I knew what I was getting in to!
Was I wrong? Does a bear shit in the woods?
While I knew it was a HUGE commitment – I didn’t realise some of the other skills I needed:
This comes in useful for when your offspring tells the person at the chemist in an unusually clear and loud voice that “even my mum had an itchy bum when she was a little girl”.
On a daily basis you will be kicked, spat at, answered back to, and even told that you’re not loved. While I admit to being sensitive in regards to what people say about me, I know that when my kids bag me out they don’t REALLY mean it, they are just frustrated.
A YARD GLASS FULL OF PATIENCE
While I still haven’t totally mastered this I’m getting there – or maybe I’m just getting better at ignoring them?
This is needed for the soul-destroying job that is toilet training, sight words (kill me) and teaching a three-year-old he has to wash his hands EVERY time after he goes to the toilet.
THE ABILITY TO TURN A BLIND EYE
This comes in useful for when you know they’re in the fridge fossicking for food and you can’t be arsed getting out of bed at 6am to police it. It’s only once the fridge door has been open for a minute and starts to BEEP that you haul your butt outta bed to investigate what has been spilled.
You have to forget about the mess in the toilet, the screaming/screeching from dawn til dusk, the chaos at dinner time, the shit fights ALL THE TIME, the drama at bedtime and just let them be kids. This has been a hard thing for me to accept – but since having my third I’ve had to let A LOT of things go (including my waistline and many of my non-drinking friends 😉 )
ACCEPT BEING BROKE
There will be no more nice things for the house, drinking at the pub for hours, or booking a last-minute flight to see a friend interstate. You will spend your money on theme park passes, buying car seats, over-priced stainless steel drink bottles (@ $30 a pop they are bloody ridiculous) and bikes, scooters and toys – most of which they’ll play with for five minutes before NEVER picking them up again.
What is the most useful skill you think a parent needs? Do you have it or still acquiring it?
So after a week off I’m back blogging – What have I missed out on in your life???
Thanks for hosting Jess and I hope your editing is going great guns!