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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Pearls of Wisdom and Pure Gold

There is a strange kind of magic that happens when a group of moms get together. Over coffee, or more commonly, over a screaming child and another one yelling "I didn't do it," our life stories are shared.

As we share our stories, there is always the moment when another mom suddenly remembers her own experience in the same situation, and then begins to share. In these stories lies pure gold. Bits of wisdom acquired through years of experience, trial and, more often than we care to admit, error.
  • Give baby tylenol before getting vaccinations.
  • Sharpen colored pencils with your eyeliner (not pencil) sharpener.
  • Don't expect anything of your kids if you aren't willing to take the time to check up on them. They are only as industrious as you are.
  • Always hand-wash bibs while doing dishes to prevent velcro disasters in the laundry.
  • If you say it, enforce it - every time.
  • Take pictures of ordinary moments, not just major events.
  • Reassign chores every new year.
Yeah, most of these insights aren't earth-shattering, but it makes life a lot easier when you don't have to make each discovery on your own.

Not every bit of wisdom is for everyone. I will never make my own laundry detergent no matter how frugal my friends claim it to be. I can afford the $8 every two months thank you. Nor will I switch my family to an all organic diet. I simply don't see how anyone can market pure maple syrup as "organic" and demand extra cash because of the label. It is always organic folks. Personal preference aside, another mom would love these kinds of tips.

This is the beauty of these friendships. I don't have to use their laundry recipe or shop at their organic store, and they don't have to do everything my way either. The bits of these conversations that I pick and choose to apply to my family make my parenting task easier and assure me that I'm not the only one with a child who chews on his toys or refuses to pull a sweater over her head on her own.

Plus, it's kinda' funny to hear the story of how someone's kid got peas stuck in his ear - and how mom red-faced and stammering confessed to the doctor that it was done by his sister ... then to hear another woman pipe up "Oh that happened to my kids too!"

Laughter - now that's pure gold in itself.


Doris said...

You have gathered quite a lot of wisdom for such a young mom. mmm! I could have used your wisdom when you were young :)

Bright Sky Mom said...

"Yeah, most of these insights aren't earth-shattering, but it makes life a lot easier when you don't have to make each discovery on your own." Yes!