A mother of two young children
expressed what many of us feel:

"I want a simple life; I want a busy life.
I don't want it cluttered with junk,
but I want it vibrant.
My relationship is with my family,
but I also want meaningful work.

My family is forever so I want that to
thrive,
but I want the day in and day out
at work to be good too."
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Appreciate every moment with your children.

Don't wish their childhood away.
Before I Had Children . . .

WHAT I DIDN'T KNOW BEFORE I HAD KIDS!

Before I had Children, I didn't know . . .

How many seconds it takes to microwave 4 fish sticks perfectly.

Who John Jacob Jingle Heimershmitt is.

How to change a diaper in the dark,
in a parked car,
on a standing child
and all of the above
simultaneously.

Which lines of
The Cat in the Hat
and
If I Ran the Circus
can be skipped over
without a child noticing.

How bright a 3 a.m. full moon is.

The design marvels of hooded towels,
Velcro-strap shoes and mitten clips.

Locations of public restrooms all across town.

Why anyone would bother retracing their steps for miles
just to retrieve a lost blankie or a binkie.

That tigers live in the trees in our backyard.

The amazing technicolor variety
of infant stool.

How to open a van door
while bobbling 2 lunch boxes,
two extra coats,
a purse,
a diaper bag
and a baby.

The fine art of vacuuming a floor
without hosing up a Barbie shoe
or a Playmobil cannonball.

That solid white socks get lost in the dryer
at a much slower rate
than do the mates of patterned socks
that coordinate to special outfits.

How little sleep a human body truly needs to function.

Almost every Disney lyric ever penned.

How to spell amoxicillin,
let alone say it.

That one can never own
too many sippy cup lids
or refrigerator magnets.

Scientific names of dinosaurs from A to Z.

That reverse psychology really works.

The recipe for a homemade version of Play-doh.

That Duplo and Lego blocks
procreate in the night.

The distinctive sounds of Cheerios crunching underfoot.

Why they call them Happy meals.

How far you can dilute juice
and still retain its taste.

That man (or child, anyway) really can live
on peanut butter alone.

That gender inequality starts early in clothing:
Boy's underpants have a wide band on top,
while the waistband and leg holes on girls
look the same,
increasing the odds that she'll pull 'em on
tangles or upside down.

Sesame Street's air time.

That the more my kids learn,
the less I seem to know.

The blessedness of naps,
the inviolate importance of routines.

And the one I wanted to add . . .

How much you could love one human being!!
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One hundred years from now,
it will not matter
what kind of car you drove.

or

what kind of house you lived in,
or how many books you wrote,
or what your clothes looked like.


But the world may be a little better
because you were important
in the life of a child.
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Acknowledgements:
* From, "One!The Journey Home", the eBook by Klaas Tuinman MA, ©2007-17
-Parent-Children ~Contributed by Kristen
[1] ~Unknown
[2]
~Anon
[3] ~Anon
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