Recently my sister and I had the privilege? um, opportunity to babysit four children, ages six and under, for four days. Now, I babysit my nieces and nephews quite frequently, but I had never had charge over this many for this long. During those four days, I learned some very important things about mothering.
#1. Children produce COPIOUS amounts of pee and dirty dishes. Four soggy pull-ups in the morning, and many little accidents throughout the day, which I’m sure was partly due to the fact that two of my charges were two year-old boys.
#2. Children have no respect for morning people, or mornings, or people. One morning one of the kids woke me up at five-something requesting breakfast. Other mornings the four would be up bright and cheerful, yelling about their toys as we adults groggily tottered out of our rooms.
#3. I now have great respect for mothers who ever manage to dress up or wear makeup. Who knew it took so long to get four kids grime-free and presentable?! It’s basically like walking a minefield to get them all to the car without various accidents happening along the way.
#4. If anyone ever needs a personal comedian to have at their side throughout life, have a child.
#5. It’s impossible to stay mad at kids. They can be completely unreasonable and annoying, then the next minute they’ll melt your heart as they give you a few squeezes meant to be a “sherder massage”, or tell you that you are their favorite person in the whole world.