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I Don't Know How They Do It

Joined: 2/9/2012
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I watched as he sat at her feet and yanked her pant leg continuously as his mother tried to have a conversation with the woman standing beside her. “Mom, I’m hungry! Mom…Mom!”


After spending my Sunday at a five year olds birthday party, I have seriously questioned having kids in my life. Not that I don’t like kids, but my god, these parents must be saints for the patience they have. I couldn’t help but laugh when I witnessed a father sprinting over towards his crying son – who continued to shovel sand while crying. That’s impressive.

I watched mothers and fathers sip on their drinks, anxiously awaiting dirty diapers, dirty hands, runny noses, and grass-stained jeans. I don’t know how they do it. But the best part is, there is always that one couple that is on to their second or third child, who have everything down to the T. As he grilled the burgers and hotdogs, she sat out in the sun – as if laughing at the other mothers who couldn’t stop staring at their kids. So, of course, I asked:

“How do you do it?”
“Do what?”
“Stay so calm when your son is running down hill with a metal wagon and a plastic construction hat, screaming fire truck noises?”
“Ha. Ha. Well you can only tell your kid to stop running so many times before they figure it out for themselves.”
“Um, still. I’d be freaking out. What if he falls or trips into the fire pit or runs himself over with that nasty wagon?”
“Believe it or not, we’ve seen him fall so many times, he knows by now. You can’t hover your child. But you can stock the first-aid kit and make sure there’s always ice.”

That’s when I thought of my own parents and sat down thinking, Jeez, I don’t know how they did it. God knows I didn’t sit still long enough to make a dent in the couch cushion. Maybe that’s why my house was stocked to the brim with gauze pads, band-aids, hydrogen peroxide, and a secret stash of lollypops I only got when mom needed me to stop crying.

I’m starting to catch on to this whole parenting thing. “Stop worrying and let them make their own mistakes.” But what about alone time, when your son will not leave you alone and tugs on your pant leg like an elastic bracelet? Is that when the baby sitter becomes a God and date night turns into sneaking away for peace and serenity?

I don’t know how my parents raised me. I was a handful, to say the least. I’ll never forget when my mom told me she considered putting a lid over my playpen because I found a way to flip out of it. She also mentioned my obsession with jumping up and down on her back and having to hold my feet from jumping out completely when I was in that little knapsack. So, I was that child – always smiling, always laughing, always on the go.

There has to be an underlying rule to parenting. Maybe it’s patience. Maybe they’re superheroes. Who knows.
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Comment by NicoleLVMullis

Joined: 5/9/2012
Posts: 34
Your post made me laugh. I used to think I was a patient person until I had kids. I'll let you in on a little secret, it has nothing to do with being a superhero and everything to do with love. When you would take a bullet for the kid pulling on your pant leg, you figure out how to survive the small stuff.
Posted: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 3:17:05 PM
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