Parenting is a tricky beast. It has this nifty little trick where it makes you think you’ve got it all figured out. And then surprise! Your sweet little children hit a new mastery level in manipulation. Last week you were skilled at getting them to follow directions, and suddenly this week your bribing them with lint covered chocolate from the bottom of the diaper bag to eat their dinner.
Mac+cheese with a side of fruit snacks four nights in a row is totally winning, right?
Parenting is hard, yo. It’s survival of the fittest out here.
Sadly, I’m not the one to come to for sage parenting advice (reference the lint covered chocolate above). However, my SIL, Urban Ohana is good at that stuff. She’s got some helpful hints here for surviving the newborn stage. Me, well I’ve already blacked that stage out. I mean, don’t all fresh from their mama babes only smell delicious and just want to cuddle? Eh, E is not quite four months, but he doesn’t eat green beans off the floor or talk back. That totally makes him my current favorite.
This girl. Ooof. We have entered a whole new world. This image is of a full blown threenager. The mastery of manipulation on display is one to behold. The Terrible Twos have nothing on this(note this is being written by the mother of an almost three year old that will probably be laughing at herself in a year).
Threenagers truly get the art of the deal. I’m spectacularly impressed by the numerous glasses of water and bathroom trips one tiny human needs at bedtime. There must also be an unspoken rule that poop cannot happen until 30 minutes after “goodnight”. These are some seriously crafty humans.
I once asked my mother if my three siblings and I were like this as children. Her response, “I don’t know.”
Guess blacking out runs in the family.
Well, until I am no longer out-manipulated, at least there is Rosè.