( No. I’m not suggesting that you “drink-and-parent” although sometimes that ice-cold white does take the edge off the lego you’ve just stepped on.)
I have several things on my parenting mind.
Two kids under the age of 5 must be the worlds’ ultimate contraceptive. After a day spent saying “Leave-your-sister-alone-don’t-grab-her-toys-Don’t let her near-your-full-potty-call-Mommy-when-you’re-done-SHIT!!! Now-she’s-full-of-wee!!-I-TOLD-YOU-TO-CALL-ME-THE-MOMENT-YOU’RE-DONE-What? WHAT??-NOW-YOU-WANT-RICE-CRISPIES-YOU-JUST-TOLD-ME-YOU-WANTED-WEETBIX-WITH-RAISINS!! ” I’m just put off kootchie-cooing altogether. Kootchie-cooing was the thing that got me cleaning wee off a 1-year old in the first place.
I love Nanny Nopop. I especially love her on a Monday morning when her glorious smiling face says :”Molo!” . And what I love most is her taking over nappy and bum wipe duty for a few hours each day.
Irate children react positively to water and paint.
Water: Immerse them in it or cover a floor area of 5X5 meters with plastic and hand over a bowl to splash around with.
Paint : Cover an area of 5X5 meters with plastic. Also cover child with plastic. Hand over water based paint, paintbrush and paper.
Peace for at least 10 minutes guaranteed.
You can clean up later. ( while having a glass of ice-cold white )
Children are lovely. Sometimes children are heavenly. Just-out-of-the-bath-baby-shampoo-smell-heavenly.
There’s nothing quite like a warm little body on your lap. Or a pudgy little hand around your neck. Or a wet kiss on your cheek.
Or all of the above just before they fall asleep.
Ahhhhh….nap time. Don’t we just LOVE naptime…
I love my children. Which is WHY I’m prepared to clean wee and paint and other stuff off of them.
Ice- cold white, anyone?