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What I have learned about parenting this week

September 22, 2009 - Betsy Bethel
1. Allowing your child to blow soap bubbles in the kitchen is a FABULOUS time saver. When the child is done dripping soap all over the floor, add hot water, wipe floor with towel, dry with another towel. Voila! A clean floor plus a happy kid equals a good morning. If I could patent this, I'd be rich!

2. You can have the patience of Job, the verbal skills of a hostage negotiator and the unconditional love of Mother Teresa, but sometimes you're just not going to get out of the thrift store without dragging your child out kicking and screaming.

3. You can't choose with whom -- or what -- your child falls in love. My daughter fell head over heels in love at first sight with a castoff red teddy bear from the Salvation Army thrift store on Saturday. Twenty years from now she'll probably be in therapy because I wouldn't buy it for her.

4. There is no boo-boo that a piece of chocolate cake with Grandma's homemade caramel frosting can't heal. (I know, I know ... the therapy for her emotional eating habit will probably start in about 15 years.)

5. There is no such thing as guilt-free parenthood!


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