On this blog I talk a lot about my bad parenting strategies and experiences, those things I’ve tried with the toddlers that seemed like a good idea at the time but didn’t work out like expected.
The results of my bad parenting techniques become embarrassingly obvious when we’re around parents that are the age parents should be when they have young children like I do and you compare my kids behavior to theirs. And it becomes even more embarrassing when it’s your own family!
My grown kids have always maintained that grandparents are not good parents. Whether or not that’s true (read this blog and find out), I maintain that I’m one of the best grandparents around. As a grandparent my job is to tell my grandchildren “Yes” and it’s their parents’ job to tell them “No.” And, I’m extremely good at my job!
When I started this blog I promised that I would not resort to bathroom or potty humor. But bathroom training is certainly an important part of parenting young children and some stories just need to be told!
Bathroom training is particularly challenging for a single parent with multiple children and/or children of the opposite sex for several reasons:
You don’t have a personal understanding of how the plumbing works in the opposite sex children.
You don’t exactly know the proper procedure for completing the job in opposite sex children.
You have to take them into public restrooms for the opposite sex. While it’s not so bad to take a young boy into the women’s restroom, I find it objectionable to take a young girl into the men’s restroom. (No disrespect intended to my fellow males, but I just don’t want my little girl watching to see what you’ve got while you’re standing at the urinal and I’m sure you don’t want her watching you!)
When you have more than one child and only one needs to go, then you have to take them both into the restroom.
I love to read non-fiction books, particularly history and biography. And, I like to go to the movies. And I like to watch news, sports, and movies on television. But much of my current literary interests can be found in children’s books, videos, and television programs.
Trying to keep up with the toddlers, I can’t even tell you what’s going on in world events. I don’t know what the latest blockbuster movies or bestselling books are. And I don’t even know if my favorite sports teams are winning or losing.
I’m not saying this to complain. I’m saying this to explain that if there’s any personal development taking place in my life, it’s going to come from children’s books, animated videos, or kid’s television programs.
We recently took a long road trip. It was the trip we tried to take at Christmas but we got stuck in the airport terminal due to bad weather (see this post and this post).
Nevertheless, whether by airplane or by car, making a long trip with the toddlers is brutal. Not just the traveling itself, but the preparations to travel.
To navigate long distances with the toddlers requires considerable advance planning and packing. The packing actually begins several days before we depart.
And, it’s not as simple as packing a suitcase for each of the toddlers and myself.
There are certain other essentials that have to be included for the trip: snacks, Goggy, Nite/Nite, Barney stuffed toy, doggie stuffed toy, video games, DVDs, electronic games, chargers for electronic games, shoes (a different pair for each outfit), kid’s medicines, lotions, ointments, toothbrushes, tissues, kids shampoo and soap.
I like to watch young moms because I like to study the way they handle their children; I like to observe the way they are with their children.
I am often in the company of young moms: at daycare, at school, at school events, at the park, at McDonald’s, at the grocery store, at the children’s store, at karate gymnastics, and dance lessons, and at church.
Just about anything I am doing with the toddlers or for the toddlers is likely something that young moms are doing with or for their children!
I am afforded many opportunities each day to observe how young moms nurture their children.