Things I've Learned About Myself As A Parent
1. I don't like to be told what to do.
2. I don't like to plan every moment of my day.
3. I don't like to be told what time it is.
4. I dont like to be told how many minutes until the next baby or toddler needs to be fed.
5. I like spontaneity.
6. Just a little chaos makes things fun.
7. I function best after one cup of coffee.
8. I am not creative.
9. I like to copy games other people invent to entertain children.
10. I can't reason with a toddler. I rely on the powerplay of "Because I said so."
11. Patience is a virtue. That I don't have.
12. Parenting is harder than investigating. And there are no sexy promos for it. #weparent Not so much.
13. I pout more than my kids do.
14. I think of myself as a "woman with child," not a mother. I learned that term from The Apprentice, when the executives from Tide or some company were telling the teams to design a marketing campaign to target "women with children," not mothers. Just think about it for a sec. It will make sense. Maybe I will deserve the title of mother at some point. Clearly not yet.
15. I should have read more books about how to do this.
16. I am not qualified to do this alone.
17. It can be rewarding, fulfilling, and enjoyable if I live in the moment and remember how lucky I am to be a parent. #workingonthat