Thursday, August 26, 2010

Thursday Thirteen: Mom 101

Since becoming a mom, I have learned what is truly important, that you can never have too much laughter and love and well, a couple other things, here are 13 things I've learned about life from my kids.

13.Mine means Mine. If it's yours and you don't want to share, then don't. Mine is mine. Yours is yours end of story.

12. If you don't like it, don't eat it. Don't feel pressured to eat something to make a good impression. If you don't like it, don't even try it. And if you try it and you don't like it, don't hide it, acceptable ways of expressing your discontent would not be limited to  facial expression and spitting.

11. Don't care what others think about you. I am me, this is how I come. So there.

10. The more mess, the more chaotic, the more fun. A quiet party isn't a fun party, and neither is a quiet play date, shopping trip, trip to the doctors office or visit to the library.

9. Own up. Take responsibility for your actions and make sure others take responsibility for theirs. I've never seen my kids more honest than when they have done something bad, "Did you hit your brother?" Yes. "Did you jump off the couch?" Yes. "Did you break that toy?" No. Georgie did it.

8.Rules are for fools. Rules are meant to be broken, not followed.

7. Laugh in the face of adversity. It's all a joke. If you can't do something, joke about it, until everyone is laughing with you. Case in point, my son's swim lessons and t-ball, challenging situation makes the true comedian come out.

6.  Don't be afraid to get down and dirty. No one every had fun and stayed clean. Mud, dirt and sand,not only make things more interesting, they all wash off.

5. The simple things are better than nothing. Give a kid a toy from the dollar store or an ice cream cone and they'll smile all day long, they get nothing, they cry, scream and hollar.

4.Don't let anyone tell you what to do. No one backs baby in the corner, and by baby I mean baby, not that movie with patrick swayze.

3.It's okay to say no. As adults we are so afraid of saying no to someone. As kids, if they don't want to share, "No", get dressed? "No". go to the park? "No." Zoo? "No". Watch a movie? "No. No. No."

2. Don't let anyone tell you No twice. Not only should you not be afraid to say no, you should not take no for an answer, persistence is the key in getting what you want. That's what temper tantrums are for.

1. Never be afraid to let them see you sweat... holler, scream, cry and totally lose it in public. Enough said.


  1. I love number 10. I always say if you don't come home dirty then you didn't have enough fun!

    Lots of yummy love,
    Alex aka Ma What's For Dinner

  2. That must have been peas for dinner in #12. My daughter had a similar reaction! Makes for great photos.

  3. I loved your rules. More people should follow many of them.

    Have a great Thursday!

  4. I'm from NJ too. (We're so lucky.)

    This was an excellent post and filled with one important fact after another.

    And I like that you counted backwards.

  5. Experience is supposed to be the "best teacher" but kids run a close second! Love the honesty of "owning up" in #9. I surely need to follow rule #3 myself! -EW

  6. This is such a wonderful list! Love #10! I used to teach and couldn't handle a quiet classroom! I really need to work on #3 - I know a lot of people who do. Happy Thursday!

  7. Great photos and a really great list!!

  8. Oh my! Love the list although I do take exception to libraries being no fun! I agree with #3 & #2 entirely - wish I could say no more often! Nicely done.

  9. So, so true!!! I guess that's why they had the "Kid's Say The Darnedest Things" show back in the day....... I'd love to see a remake of that! I remember back when my kids were little - cringing when they went to the front of the church for Children's Moment. You just never knew what they would say.

  10. Thanks for sharing! Love that


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