ok, I love all of you people. and all of your perfect children. and all of the amazing things they are doing. but i just have to be real. i love my kids just as much as you do. i love when they draw cute pictures and when they say cute things. and would you like to know what else my kids do? they do things like these:
kick holes in walls
call each other names
hit each other
nudge each other as they walk by
yell at me and jon that we hate them
refuse to eat any food with nutritional value for days at a time
lose very expensive to replace handheld gaming systems (twice)
pester the two year old until she screams
sleep late on school days
wake up early on weekends & summer days when we have no schedule to keep
torment the adult babysitter to the point of tears
refuse to shower for days at a time
“forget” to use deodorant
lie about having brushed their teeth
keep us awake until 1:30 a.m. arguing about lack of computer time
lose money after they say they’ve put it away
many, many days i feel that i’m losing my mind. is anyone else having these days? sometimes it really doesn’t seem like it. it’s one thing to focus on the positive and reinforce the behavior you want to see in your children. it’s entirely another to put on a front and act like none of these things ever happen at your house.
honestly, i hope none of these things are happening at your house. i hope that your house is all yummy smelling and harmonious. i hope your house has clean floors and windows, that your family eats nutritionally balanced meals every day, before cleaning up the kitchen and going out to exercise together, of course. i hope that your kids always speak kindly and graciously to their grandparents and other adults.
i truly hope the stuff that does happen at your house isn’t more serious than any of the items listed above. and in the end, i know i’m not losing my mind. i do love my kids. parenting is hard. maybe that’s the point of my rant. parenting is hard. can i get an amen?