Um, Where’s the Instruction Manual?

In leau of Mother’s Day a few days ago,  I decided to think about some of the things that I have learned over the years. I have been a Mother now for just shy of 5 years. According to my son Chase, it is actually 69 years, or atleast that was his answer when I asked him.

Chase arrived into this world roughly 15 days after his due date and even then they had to go in and just get him out. I expected him to have an instructional DVD or handbook with him but to my surprise he was empty handed. He looked up at me as if I was just supposed to know what to do with him.

And that is pretty much what happens as a Mom, and Dad for that matter. You all of the sudden “just know” what to do in most situations. After the birth of my second child Reese and then again at the birth of my third Lane I started getting a little more nervous. The odds were pretty much in my favor of “screwing up” one of their lives with my parenting style.

There are many things that I hope for my children for the future but I will have done my job right if they take away these six things from me (and Pete), he plays a small part too I guess!

  1. Don’t take yourself too seriously, making fun of yourself can be quite entertaining for you and others.
  2. Treat people nicely, unless they are mean to you….then move on…there are WAY   too many people who will like you…because you are *pretty* awesome.
  3. Be honest and ethical in life and things will generally work out for the best.
  4. Money can’t buy happiness, but it CAN buy your mother lots of nice gifts for being so great so please go to college and get a good job!
  5. Always crack jokes when there is awkward silence.
  6. It’s ok if there are prettier or smarter people than you, as long as they aren’t funnier.



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