It’s tiring, I know, but we’re going to talk parenting, okay?
And we are not going to look at parenthood through rose-colored glasses, nor will we look at it as this huge fudging mountain that we have to climb. We will not make light of parenting, but we also won’t anticipate it to be as fun as eating ice cream, while riding a unicorn, on top of a rainbow. It will definitely not be that fun.
If I had to tell you what parenthood is truly like I would describe it as being on a merry-go-round with drunk, immature, but insanely fun, yet super messy and surprisingly adorable gremlins. The catch — well, I didn’t say who the drunk gremlin is — sometimes it’s you and some days it’s your kiddo(s).
That doesn’t sound all too bad, right? Well, even if it sounds bad, I promise you there will be some good and some pleasure that you can derive from your new hood.
You see the thing is, in order to be able to rock this parenting sh#t, you have to have the four fundamentals of parenting ingrained in your mind at all times. Let’s get right to what those are:
Fundamental #1: LOVE. “All we need is love. Love is all we need.” So damn cliché, but sooo true. In life and most definitely in parenthood, love will take you far. It may take you so far into a land of insanity or all the way to the looney bin, but it will also bring you back, so be grateful for that. Love will give you energy. Love will be your motivation. Love will give you hope. Love will prompt self-improvement. Love — for yourself, your spouse, and your children — is the cornerstone of parenting. Love is the main ingredient for a fulfilled life that involves children and without it, life will taste as bad as a grilled cheese with no cheese.
Fundamental #2: PATIENCE. I suck in this department. Yep, I. HAVE. NO. PATIENCE. And, it is a legit problem in my home. All good mothers have patience, so I must not be a good mom, right? Well, not exactly, but it is a central piece of the parenting puzzle (that unfortunately often goes missing for me). I can tell you firsthand that a lack of patience when it comes to parenthood ain’t no good for anybody.
Fundamental #3: HUMOR. YES! You need this in your life regardless of whether or not you have kids, but absolutely if you do have them! If I choose anger or sadness each time my kid spills milk (for the 3rd time in a row), throws her food, accidentally deletes an app on my phone, vomits all over me, sleeps on my face, wipes snot on my shirt the one time I decide to “wear real clothes”, or falls ill before every single date night, I will be a constant witchy basket case. Now, I know that my husband would likely contend that I do act like that, but humor keeps me from crawling into a hole (at least internally) and burying myself in it on a daily basis.
Fundamental #4: ALCOHOL (OR FOOD). I’ve said it before and I will say it again — this one clearly doesn’t need elaboration. I will just say that nothing is more pleasurable than a cocktail or stuffing your face after a loooooong day in the hood.
If you can manage to keep these 4 fundamentals front and center, today and all days, you will dominate the typically imperious world of parenthood.