I hope you don’t mind a little parenting advice. This is for all of you parents out there who need reassurance that they aren’t the only ones dealing with the everyday battles of being a parent, and that it is OK to be “Almost Crazy Parents”
I actually wrote the article below back in 2015 when my kids Kurt and Caitlin were younger. Now that I have a blog, I am able to share it with you.
My niece Shannon was living with me and my husband also at the time. They were all teenagers! Kurt was 19, Caitlin was 11, and Shannon was 15.
Now, it’s bad enough cleaning up after kids when they are young, but when they get to be older – and they are old enough to clean up after themselves – well, you can imagine…they don’t!
At least when the kids are small, their messes are somewhat contained. But as they get bigger, they leave their messes all over the place!
Feeling frustrated, I just decided to write about it and put it in a humorous state. It helped me cope with the frustration and put a little different perspective on it. They got a kick out it also. I know I would have appreciated a little parental advice.
HELP US PLEASE!!!
Almost ‘Crazy Parents’ Newsletter
I know sometimes we seem like raging lunatics. But there is hope for the endless fits of nagging and “on your ass” escapades. Just a few minor adjustments in your uncomplicated daily life and simple routines.
Your almost crazy parents don’t ask for much, Do we?
We’re Not Totally Crazy Parents Yet, Just Almost Crazy Parents!
Please just think a little about the tired, older adults that seem like almost crazy parents in your immediate surroundings. You can actually make them happier. Just imagine the joy on their (somewhat) wrinkled faces, after a long hard day and they come home to (OH NO! What’s this?) Can it be a clean house? They say it’s the little things in life that matters. Help your almost crazy parents please!
1. Toilet Paper on holder
I know that sometimes this can seem a little complicated, but rest assured I can teach anybody how to master this art. If you need instructions please don’t hesitate to come to us for help. That’s what parents are for. Remember, we taught you how to talk, walk, use silverware, and use the toilet.
2. Towel on bathroom floor
If you can remember to put the towel on the floor to stand on when you get out of the shower, I bet you could even remember how to hang it back up. See how much confidence I have in you!
3. Shoes all over living room and under coffee table
It amazes me every day at how many feet there are in this house! Can’t you give your shoes a home? I bet they feel like orphans – Just left alone anywhere without a special place to go.
Are We Almost Crazy Parents Yet?
4. Dishes in sink
The sink grows dishes! Just add water and watch them multiply! No miracle grow needed. PLEASE! (See, I’m even begging), if you dirty the dish can you wash it? I know sometimes you might not have the time, at least just rinse it and put it under the sink in the dishpan. Come on, I know you know where it is.
5. Milk carton on floor
This is a really good one – I mean to tell you. If you put it on the floor, right next to the trash can, (help me to understand this, I know sometimes I’m a little slow) why can’t you just put it right in the trash can? You don’t even have to bend over. See, I’m saving your back!
6. Changing trash bag in bathroom and kitchen.
Hmmmm… I wonder what would happen if no one changed the trash bag. Imagine all the cool mountains of trash we would have. We could have streams of running foul liquid, and forests of mold and decay. We wouldn’t even have to travel anywhere. We’d have the great outdoors right in our own home!
7. Hampers and clothes in basement.
I know I’ve had that meaningless sign hanging in the basement for years. I know we don’t always pay attention to signs, such as “Don’t feed the fish” or “Don’t throw coins in the fountain”. We do it anyway. I do understand though not always getting your clothes right away, but when your clothes have been laying on the dryer for endless days and by the time you get them that fresh clean scent is gone, or your hamper is in the rerun season, I get a little agitated.
If you aren’t crazy yet this will make you an almost crazy parent!
Please Help Your Almost Crazy Parents!
Well that wraps up the first edition. See, even Moms can be funny. Just a note to say that I know you aren’t all (meaning the children) guilty of everything included in this newsletter. You may be guilty of some and there may be some things that aren’t written that you are guilty of. Just be a little more conscientious.
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‘Almost Crazy Parents’ written by Donna Astarita
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