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Lessons Learned in 2012

I’ve been a parent for 12 years now and yet I seem to learn even more lessons every single year. Some are probably repeats from previous years but I’m too exhausted to remember. Sleep deprivation….what was I saying? Oh yeah, lessons learned.

10 Lessons Learned in 2012

1. The only thing worse than having 1 kid puking all over your carpet is having 2 kids puking all over your carpet.

2. Those little bouncy balls that cost 25 cents in the vending machines were created by the devil to destroy anything breakable in your house.

3. Using grounding as a punishment for a 12 year old will torture you more than said 12 year old.

4. Four kids create more laundry than some small countries.

5. My house will not be truly clean and organized until every one of my kids move out.

6. When 3 kids are quiet for more than 5 minutes you can be sure that they are plotting world domination.

7. Naptime is something that is only appreciated once you are no longer allowed to have it.

8. Teaching your daughter how to defend herself is necessary but one should remember her lessons when jumping out from behind a door to scare her. On a related note- she is a quick learner.

9. The only time kids wake up on time is on the weekends. The rest of the week you have to drag them kicking and screaming out of bed.

10. 6th grade math these days is a hell of a lot harder than 6th grade math when I was a kid.

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17836396076018306616 Stasha

    Those balls are evil!! I once punished my kid with no TV for two weeks. He still had all his toys and made me play with them too. I now know better. Take the toys, keep TV :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13287997852984034425 Jill

    I have never agreed more with a listicle in my life! Ahhh! I just grounded my 12 year old from tv and the DS. I feel like I grounded myself!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10978033016895948863 Sisterhood of the Sensible Moms

    A to the men on number 3. Ellen

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03663143060069193124 mare ball

    All true. I learned the same things. :-)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03450549978306903661 Nysha

    I’m amazed at how much laundry one toddler can produce. I use to be able to go 2 weeks between laundromat visits and now it’s every week just to keep the hampers from overflowing.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14060983954463697344 Empty Nester

    Not to freak you out or anything but 7th grade math is much worse. MUCH. Sorry. Oh, and the house won’t be clean after the kids leave either. I thought the same thing once my 4 daughters grew up. Nope. There’s still a man living here. :)

  • http://inthetesseract.blogspot.ca/ Azara

    This list kind of scared me. I’ve been holding onto my sanity by telling myself that this will get easier when they’re school age.

  • http://kerstinauer.tumblr.com/ Kerstin @ Auer Life

    OMG, that is an awesome list, I love it!
    We have laminate floors, but the vomiting is still the same… Thank god my son makes it to the toilet most of the time now.

    I can say yes and amen to everything on that list!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12355421896613106268 Robbie K

    Yep yep and yep. Grounding is worse for parents than kids.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18010888083503743747 Your Doctor’s Wife

    Just wait until you have to ground a 17 year old. It is pure torture and inconvenient! After taking away her car and she realized we were serious that weren’t going to drive her around like Miss Daisy any more, she finally resorted to calling a taxi to take her to school. After that, she made alternate arrangements and joined a carpool. Since she can’t reciprocate by driving, she helps pay for gas.

  • TexasJoy

    Ha! Try freshman math! I was a good student in school and my son’s high school math makes me feel like an idiot!LOL

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09045857399816360885 RoryBore

    repeat after me: “illusion of clean”
    life has been much less stressful and busy since I subscribed to that little moniker.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17892924619560880572 Ellen aka Ellie

    Oy, I tutor, but I have turned dine helping any child with math past sixth grade. Last time I had a sixth grader I always worried I was teaching wrong. Turns out I wasn’t, but talk about stress!