Parenthood requires an honest reframing of one’s spiritual beliefs. Nirvana is reached in that brief moment when the dirty clothes hamper and clean clothes laundry basket are both empty. Nirvana is short-lived, if not unattainable.
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If you explain to your child that the reason she’s not in school is because it’s Martin Luther King, Jr’s birthday, be prepared to explain why the hell she wasn’t invited to his party. No fair!
When you are three, and you haven’t had a nap, and you don’t like bubbles in the bath, this constitutes bubbles, and crying is necessary.
Take compliments where you can get ‘em; “Mom, you smell hot,” totally counts.
Listening to your toddler’s words and obeying her requests can help her develop much-needed feelings of autonomy and empowerment. The ideal time to test this advice may not be when she is not grabbing one of your possessions and running out of the room screaming, “You don’t see me!” That said, implementing it at this time might buy you five minutes of alone time.
A glob of mayonnaise on your iPhone screen can not be “scrolled” away. Stop trying. Really! You’re making a mess.