As some of you may know, I’m the proud mother of not one, but two little girls. Life as I knew it as a mom of one has definitely changed. When I tell you that caring for two small children is a whole new ball game, please believe me when I tell you that caring for two small children is a WHOLE NEW BALL GAME! I used caps for the four last words to emphasize.
Of course, motherhood has its challenges like anything else in life, and would I change anything about being mum to my two angels? Nope, never that!
But what I will do is make mental notes of things not to do with my kids.
Let me clarify!
You see, this thing called motherhood comes with a lot of advice. The “experts” have authored many books on the subject. For instance they tell you what to expect when expecting and tell you what to feed your children, but you know what they never share?
The real stuff.
The things every mom should know not to do with their small children (ages 2-5). Let’s be clear, I’m not referring to the obvious, like listening to “gangsta rap” while the kids are in the car and giving them pop for breakfast those are evident “no no’s” I’m talking about the real things! The stuff they don’t tell you about. The things that may seem measly to them but are in fact of great importance to us!
Thanks to my extensive experience with a small child, and by extensive I mean 3 years (and counting) I’ve tabulated a few things moms should be mindful of doing around the kids.
This has happened to the best of us, and if it hasn’t, wait… it will!
1. If you’ve got something delicious to eat, wait! Wait until they go to sleep for the night or take a nap. If you don’t, that meal is no longer yours. It’s theirs. Some of my best meals have been eaten after 8pm because sometimes I just don’t want to share my fries. Don’t judge me, remember what Jesus said here!
2. Have you ever seen someone shovel snow during a snowstorm? No right?! You know why? Because it makes no sense. This is why you shouldn’t even attempt cleaning your house while your small child is around. And if that thought ever crosses your mind, rebuke it! That’s the devil! Keep your sanity and let those toys pile up. Much like number 1, wait until they go to sleep or hire a cleaning service!
3. Never try doing anything that will incapacitate the use of your hands… Oh like applying nail polish, because at that very moment she will ask you for a snack that requires the use of your hands. She will ask you for an orange, and she will want you to peel it. She will not be able to wait because she will need to eat that orange at that very moment.There will be an urgency for that orange like none before. My suggestion; run away to the spa when you’re spouse gets home. Let them do your nails!
4. I love my kid, we share many similarities! Riah has my eyes, we both love donuts and we enjoy dancing. However, the one thing I refuse to share with her are my beverages. Backwash is real and I want no parts of it. Have you ever looked at your bottle of water after sharing it with your small child? Those dancing particles in your water aren’t suppose to be there. Now you’ve got to chew your water. Water was never meant to be chewed. Chewing water was never part of God’s plan for our lives!
This doesn’t mean that I would never share water or any beverage with her again, it simply means that I rather she has her own. In the event that she doesn’t I will but it would have to be under dire circumstances.
5.Lastly, never give small children more than 3 options. We recently took Riah to the store to purchase a bike and something that should have took less than 30 minutes took a little over an hour. Why? Because there were too many choices. Three options is the max! I’m all about development and helping the kids make decisions but three is enough right? Of course it is!
So tell me, are you guilty of doing any of the above? Or have any tips for me? If so drop ’em below!
p.s. this was all in good fun ;)
until next time