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Skills Required To Parent

In all the years I dreamed of being a mother, of raising peace loving, respectable, intelligent, kind hearted children. In all those years I never realized that there would be so many other skills required to parent. It’s not something that just anyone can do … you have to have skills!

Here are a few of the skills required to parent children

And if you don’t have them, you either learn them, or you have to give your kids back.

Skill Required: Counting!

Accidentally giving one child more chicken nuggets than the other, means that I would be presenting them with undeniable proof of which child I love more! 

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Skill Required: Physical agility

I never realised how much of my days I would spend bent over picking stuff up off the floor. The alternative would be NOT picking it up and falling over it, or worse … stepping on it barefoot in the dark! 

Step On Lego meme

Skill Required: Masterchef Cooking Ability

Do you realise how much time I spend disguising certain foods as other foods, mostly chicken. We’ve had ‘roast beef chicken‘, ‘barbecued chicken sausage’, ‘tuna salad chicken‘. You name it … it’s been turned into chicken for dinner! That’s a real skill.

Skill Required: Survival

I never realised how much coffee and wine I would need to drink. Okay, maybe I don’t need the wine, but it sure makes some shitty days less shitty. 

Mom Fact Wine Dinner Winner

Skill Required: Hoarding

I never realised I’d have to become a hoarder; not just of clothing that the eldest has outgrown that the youngest might one day make use of, but also preschool artwork, random photographs that reflect nothing, random ‘gifts’ of stones, feathers, seeds, and other unidentifiable objects.

I think it’s called ‘I love my kids and am proud of them’.

Skill Required: Walking encyclopedia

The unanswerable question of “why?” This is asked by them and you, for the rest of your lives! This is a topic I have discussed in depth more recently: Top 5 Questions all Parents want Answers to … or do we?

Why is the sky blue mummy? – Them

Why are you licking the car windows? – Me

Skill Required: A Love of Animation TV

You will eat, breathe and sleep animation. Some of it you will truly love. However, some animated shows you won’t love, but they will be burned into your brain for all eternity.

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There are many more, but those are the ones that spring to mind right now. Let me know if you have any others I should add?

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    1. My other favourite saying is the one that goes “I love all my kids equally, except the one that sleeps, I love that one more.”

    1. It’s really not just with chicken nuggets, it’s literally everything. I actually have to count the grapes so each one gets exactly the same. Same principle applies to whoever gets in the car first – clearly they are more special. It’s exhausting.

  1. Ha ha great list, I’ve never really looked at my skill set since being Mum. Survival is definitely a new skill! I should do tidying the floor a bit more but have a tendency to just make a path through it all!! I’m looking forward to all the questions, we’ll sort of!!

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  2. Could not stop laughing. I stepped onto those tiny toys in the Dark, I recite those animated poems when alone, I hoard the artwork and other memories. Here through #familyfun

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  4. My life is all about the Disney. I drive to work humming soundtracks. I love the comment about you loving one child more if they get an extra chicken nugget! I now have a craving for nuggets and it is only 9am. Thank you for linking to #stayclassymama we hope to see you next week x

  5. I’d have to say patience – some days it is incredibly difficult but if you take a deep breathe and keep calm, it makes the situation better for everyone.

  6. Love the counting one. Woe betide us if one gets more than the other – until it comes to vegetables! Although my favourite child changes on a daily (if not hourly) basis. #itsok

  7. The skill to be an olympian multi-tasker – but the more you parent the more you hone your skills here. With time you will be able to do approximately ten things at the one time without even taking a breath! #itsok

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