Five years into this mothering gig, I’ve learned things I never thought I would need to, or want to.
Such as ……
I know the difference between what’s ‘good’ poop and what’s not.
A great gag reflex is necessary.
I can tell when it’s “I am hungry” crying versus “I am pissed off at you because you don’t move fast enough for my liking” crying.
I can clip really tiny baby nails with competence and confidence.
I’m a boss at administering medicine with a syringe and not spill a drop or have the child throw it all up.
I know the lyrics to far more children’s songs than I care to.
I can change a diaper in under a minute.
I know that I am not above bribing the children with chocolate.
I know how to hide vegetables in food.
I’ve realized that I will never win the negotiating battle with my 2 year old over how many cars he can sleep with.
I can do many, many things with just one free hand.
And other mothering wisdom gleaned from personal experience….
Head wounds are really bloody, and are usually not as bad as it looks.
Letting go of perfection and expectations is necessary.
It’s okay for kids to wear their favorite shirt three days in a row.
Cuddling is good for everyone.
Ignore a tantrum. They’ll know soon enough that it doesn’t work.
Some time alone is good for me, and the kids.
Feeling guilty about everything is normal. It’s not right, but it’s normal.
Not all kids like to be read to. Don’t force it. They’ll love books eventually.
Encourage interests, even if it’s in something you’re not interested in.
Let kids play freely. It’s how they learn.
Some screen time won’t hurt them. Or you.
Say yes often. Say no just as often.
(PS: This post took me 3 hours to write because I had to hold/ nurse babies non-stop for 5 hours.)
What would you add?