Monday, December 14, 2009

Parenting Lessons Learned in the Trenches

Last night I learned four, important lessons.

One. If a child throws up all over him or herself in the car it's best to just keep on driving. Getting cleaned up at home is easier than trying to do so in a car littered with all kinds of imaginable weird kid stuff, miscellaneous hats and mittens and random garbage and yet, somehow, not a napkin to be found (Note to self: clean that blasted car already!).

Two. It's better to finish the drive with the windows open, despite the cold, because that smell in a small enclosed space is just extra not good, and that's all I will say about that.

Three. A pathetically helpless, tired and sick four-year-old can still muster the energy to fight, quite vociferously, about stupid, inconsequential things. Who knew.

Four. A sick four-year-old and mess after disgusting mess still do not mar the enjoyableness of a fun night spent with good friends. You'd think it might, but it doesn't.

And that's all. Elisabeth is still sick this morning, but I've dealt with sick kids before. In fact, I think E comes down with some sort of tummy bug around this time of year every year, so this part of it? The being at home, having a whiney, pathetic kid is all old hat. I've already learned these lessons.


Erin said...

Did you ask E how many gingerbread cookies she ate? Was it 16 like my kids?

Superdad said...

she is claiming three and a half, which is a 75% increase over what she admited while we were still at your house.

dad said...

Does that mean Elisabeth can have no cookies on her visit to Silver Lake later this week? That means more for Madeleine and Hank to eat. Pass on the good news to them. We will have several soups (potato and celery among them) for Elisabeth so please tell her she will not go hungry.

mommycares said...

Good one on Supermom - it helps a lot!

We clearly share similar parenting experiences and views.
I've been reading one that I'm hooked on -
I have a feeling you'd get a lot out of it.

Incredible job on your blog; keep it up.


Luke said...

May she get well soon!

And I'll keep those lessons in mind and hope I never have to apply them... [a man can dream, right?]