June 26, 2013

Lessons my kids are learning

Overcoming adversity: Cleaning up the playroom with their baby sister

Patience in suffering: Not being able to thrust and flail their entire bodies while their ears are cleaned

Fending for themselves: Finding edible food on the floor when they're hungry

Consequences: The shit that hits the fan when they wake a napping sibling

Problem solving techniques: What happens when I'm too tired to get off the couch to solve their argument for them.

Prioritizing: Making them choose between cookies or ice cream

Responsibility: Not allowing television viewing until they've dressed and brushed their hair and teeth.

Life skills: Watering the potted plants, vacuuming the carpet, carrying their dishes to the sink, putting their dirty clothes in the hamper, flushing the toilet and washing their hands after using the bathroom, putting their folded laundry in their drawers. In short, doing the things I've been doing for them for way to long. Seriously, 2 year old boy, pull your weight.


  1. HIlarious! Your Children will be strong and ready for the cultural struggles of their time because their mama didn't cater to their every whim! You go, girl!! I hope you are feeling well in this final lap of pregnancy!

  2. *quick inhale* you choose between cookies and ice cream??? The last time I did that was...was...nope, I don't think I've ever done that in my adult life! :)

  3. This is great! Sounds about where I am with my kiddos. See, we're *amazing* moms, embracing our vocations by creating responsible, independent people. ;) (while creating more people).

  4. Nice, wish more parents could teach lessons like this :)

  5. Your children will benefit from this:) Have you ever noticed it's the larger families that actually have very well mannered, responsible, independent, and affectionate children? Nothing wrong with learning lessons at a young age that they will grow from their entire life. They will be making the world a much better place.

  6. This is great, Bonnie. This should be a running re-run of a theme on your blog. Wait, is it?