There’s this list that’s been floating around on the almighty web for the past couple of weeks called ‘Tips for a Worn-Out Mom’. I’ve tried, unsuccessfully to locate the original source of this little piece of absolute wisdom (most current on FB, prior to that on Cafemom ) but regardless of who wrote these words of wisdom, they are none the less, pretty accurate for how I (and probably a bunch of other mom’s) sometimes feel.
And what I find great about this list is that no matter what kind of parent you are (or like to think you are) you can relate to this. Life isn’t predictable, no matter how much we try to make it so. It’s messy, imperfect, chaotic and completely overwhelming alot of the time. But it’s also full of laughter and discovery and wonder and curiousity and delight and love. But what I love even more about this list, is that it can easily be tailored for people who don’t have kids, or aren’t in a relationship, or have to share their house with inconsiderate housemates.
9. If you have boys, your bathroom will always faintly stink like pee. Invest in some Febreeze and count down the days until they move out and you can go visit them and pee on their bathroom floor.
Anyone who has ever shared a house with a member of the male species knows that there will, at some point, come a time when you will discover that oh so pleasant scent of ‘oops, I missed the bowl’. And probably on more than one occasion.
15. Noise cancelling headphones are great for blocking out whining, bickering and the endless episodes of Sponge Bob.
I wish these had of been around when I shared a house with a couple who were, um, very passionate about each other. In a very loud manner.
20. Children do not appreciate top sheets or high thread counts. Buy neither.
Neither do roommates who would rather spill every known substance to man on the sheets you just bought, that they apparently thought would make a better cover for the couch than do what they were meant to do – which was to reside on your bed, in your bedroom.
11. However bad a situation might seem, one day it will be funny. I have a few for which I am eagerly awaiting for the funny to kick in. Any time now….
Like the time they put lettuce, tomatoes, cheese and bacon in the dryer – because apparently a dryer is great for getting that perfect ‘just tossed’ look on a salad. Still not funny.
18. Your children will not die from eating the occasional hot dog or frozen pizza. And by occasional I mean more than you are really willing to admit.
Nor will your roommates. They will however, get really sick and probably need to go to hospital after eating that left over Chinese food that had been sitting in the fridge for the past week… particularly if they followed it with the milk that smelt less than fresh.
23. Last, but not least, some chocolate and some really bad TV makes everything seem a little better
Assuming of course that your roommates haven’t eaten all the chocolate that you bought, and there’s still wine in the house, life indeed will seem a little better.
Till next time,