Sunday, February 3, 2013

Parenting Advice from FireWife

Never change your clothes before bath time. Always after bath time.

If your spouse / other parent / responsible adult is home, lock the door during your shower.
Take the key with you, to prevent your better half from barging in. Not that he ever has. Ahem.

Hide the cookies. Eat them only after the kiddos have gone to bed. Same goes for popsicles.

Do not wipe the diaper cream off on your pants.
Some creams stain some clothing.
I haven't figured out why some & not others, so just don't do it.

Always send a spare outfit to daycare / preschool. Always. Even after they're 100% (ha! ha!) pottytrained.

When teaching your kids about brushing teeth, don't ever tell them that if they don't do it their teeth will fall out.
Because then you will find yourself in an endless loop of trying to explain that they have baby teeth which will fall out, and that's okay, but you still have to brush your teeth, and... OMGoodness, just don't say it!

Memorize which restaurants have play areas.
So whether you want one or not, you won't be surprised when you arrive.

When your kid starts school / preschool / daycare, buy shirts for holidays ahead of time.
I recommend solid colors that they can wear again, but the facility will ask them to dress for the holidays, around age 3 your child will care if you don't do it, and if you wait too late even WalMart will be sold out of everything green the night before St. Patrick's Day. Trust me on this one.

 Remember that for every kid, what they are living is "normal"
Like how Jena sometimes asks why Daddy is coming home, but her friend couldn't believe that Jena's daddy was working on a Sunday (Father's Day, no less).


Unknown said...

Stopping in from SITS! YES! To everything on this list! In addition to the restaurant/play date one, also memorize the restaurants that have "kids eat free" nights! LOL!

Twingle Mommy said...

Oh yes, the normal one gets me. My daughter couldn't figure out why one of her classmates has two homes with a mommy at each house but only a daddy at one. That was a fun one to explain to my 4 year old right it front of one of the mommies.

Over from SITS

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