“While you try to teach your kids all about life, they teach us what life is all about.”

I recently read this quote and it really hit home. In my opinion there is really nothing more true. Every single day we strive to teach our children valuable lessons that they can take with them into adulthood. At least that is the plan. We put them in the best schools in hopes they will be smart and successful. We put them into tons of sports and clubs to ensure that they are well-rounded and have lots for friends.  But I think they end up teaching us so much more than we can ever teach them. So much more than we ever expected to learn. They teach us about love, patience, and respect. They teach us what life is all about…and other stuff. They teach us other stuff, too. Boy do they teach us other stuff.

Things like:

  1. Every single word to annoying Disney Channel theme songs. Every word. All day long, stuck in my head. Over and Over.
  2. That you really can survive on Peanut Butter Sandwiches and granola bars alone.
  3. You don’t die if you inhale your meals at an incredibly fast rate.
  4. If a three-year-old tells you to do something, you do it. No questions asked.
  5. Matching socks are overrated. Mismatched is the way to go.
  6. Band-Aids really do fix just about anything. Keep them stashed everywhere.
  7. Never give up. If someone tells you no, act like your kids…ask again 10,000 more times because they probably didn’t mean it.
  8. A family of five, a dog, and a cat can all fit into a queen-sized bed. I am living proof of this.
  9. The terminology and rules of Pokémon. Every single stat, every single character.
  10. A three-year-old’s voice can be louder than 100 people in a jam-packed bar. And you can’t escape it.
  11. Super Glue is not ideal for art projects.
  12. Going out to dinner with three kids is NEVER a good idea. NEVER.
  13. You can wear the same socks for 8 days in a row and no one will notice. Why change them?
  14. No matter what. The second you sit down; One of them will need something. Every. Single. Time.
  15. The smell of vomit on cloth car seats doesn’t come out.
  16. The smell of pee on around the toilet on wood floors doesn’t come out either.

So, yes, our kids teach us a lot. Valuable lessons about life, love, patience, hope…and LOTS of other stuff.

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