It’s hard to explain some of the things that go wrong when you’re a parent. My wife and I like to call some of those intangibles #ParentLife.
It makes sense, right? These days on social media, you use hashtags to serve as a punchline or descriptor, to help save some characters. #ParentLife can be anything from your baby pooping on you, your dog drinking all your breast milk, your husband sleeping through the baby’s crying, your wife laughing at your choice of clothing for the kids, etc. There aren’t any hard and fast rules about what can be categorized as #ParentLife, but when you see it, you’ll know it.
This page is dedicated to all of those things. I’m pretty sure I use this hashtag every day, even in actual conversation. Being a parent has made me so tired that I often can’t tell if the person I’m communicating with is on Twitter or standing right in front of me.
Does that happen to anyone else? No? I’m along in that? #ParentLife.
Last week, the internet was treated to a delightful dose of parenting reality when a BBC reporter’s professional interview was interrupted by his children. It was delicious chaos, that every parent can relate to.
Sometimes, parenting and careers don’t mix all that well. You want to get ahead at the office, but you need to be home at a regular time to pick up the kids. Or you’d like to come in early and get a head start on the day’s work, but you can’t because you have to get the kids to school first. Or sometimes you’re sidelined for a couple days at a time while the kids are sick or out of school for some reason. It’s tough to figure out how to prioritize being a parent and a career go-getter without sacrificing in one or both areas.
There’s only so much I can do to protect my kids from the realities of this cruel world. They go off to school and hear all sorts of things from the other kids. I’ve had to convince Reese several times through tears at bedtime that no wall will ever come between our family. I’ve had to explain why people are often treated so poorly just because they look different, and why at no point is that ever acceptable. I’ve had to remind myself that she’s only eight, and it’s a travesty that she’s already having to learn that this world is only tolerant of your lifestyle and beliefs if they aren’t radically different from everyone else’s. Continue reading “For All You Concerned Parents Out There, It’s Time To Stand Up”
Having sick kids is an interesting thing. Judge me all you want, but my first thought (after hoping it’s nothing serious and that they get healthy soon, of course) is usually, “I hope she sleeps and I can take a nap.” Sometimes staying home with a sick kid is a walk in the park. They fall asleep in their bed or in your lap, only to wake up every few hours needing some water and a snack, leaving you with time to catch up on work, clean up the house a bit, or, yes, even take a nap.
Why do we even bother trying to take our kids out to eat?
Maybe this is just an issue in our family, but I’d love to know how much money we’ve wasted in uneaten kids meals at restaurants. On second thought… maybe I don’t want to know that. But it has to be pretty high. We’ll sit down at a restaurant, ask our kids what they’d like to eat, and there’s almost always an enthusiastic answer. In the minutes following, there are usually a couple occurrences of the question, “When is our food going to be here?” When the food finally arrives, everyone digs in. And then seconds later, inevitably, one of them will say they’re full – with nearly an entire plate of food still sitting there.