My next mini series is very practical, tongue in cheek, funny and depressing all wrapped into one! (or make that 10, as there are 10 things you must do).
I found this great run-down by Rita Templeton on a blog called babytime.ie, if you like her style, make sure to check her out.
YOU MUST RETHINK YOU STANDARDS OF SAFETY!!
“Okay, nobody call child protective services on me – I’m not talking about letting your kids ride without a car seat or letting them play with a lighter. But think about the mum you know (and we all know at least one) who sterilizes her kids dummies and bottles religiously. The mum who hovers endlessly and gasps loudly when her precious snowflake takes a teeny-wensy tumble. You know that mum? Yeah. You can’t be that mum when you have a boy, because boys are just rough. They jump off of things and slide down things and climb things and roll and tumble and tackle and leap and pounce and run. ALL THE TIME. They taste dirt and kitty litter and glue and hardened gum from beneath park benches and restaurant tables, just out of curiosity (I mean, one of my boys ate candy that had been peed on). They try to ride their bikes, scooters and skateboards faster than everyone else… and try to out-jump everyone else on trampolines. And if you’ve got multiple boys? Fuhgedaboutit. They do all that plus wrestle, and occasionally get into full-blown knock-down drag-out fights”
YOU MUST NOT BE SUPRISED AT DRAMA
“I wish I had a dollar for every time someone told me, “Oh, you’re so lucky – boys are way less dramatic than girls..” Really? Because my boys are as dramatic as they come. There is plenty of stomping, eye rolling, sobbing, shouting, door slamming and general sassiness going on around this place. I don’t know why everybody thinks boys are naturally easy-going, respectful, agreeable creatures. It must be because my sons dramatic outburst are over ‘legit’ things… like me not letting them use my good earphones, or getting relegated to PLAYER 2 on xbox. Right? Recently, my eight year old “hates this house and all his brothers” after a burping contest escalated. And after tripping over his shoelace, my kindergartner flattened himself out on the floor and wailed, complete with tears “This world is too dangerous for someone like meeeeee” Don’t ever let anyone tell you, you are luck because boys aren’t dramatic. Seriously. They have no idea”