And whilst you're waiting, I'll add a few more -
- Negotiating the shops with three under three is bloody hard. Negotiating the shops with three primary aged kids is worse. At least when they are babies you can strap them in.
- Kids do not grow on a convenient retail timeline. If you need school pants in April, forget it - the only sizes left are size 4 or size 16. According to Target and KMart and BigW, kids are only allowed to get new school uniforms in "back to school" season in January.
- Nits and lunchboxes never seem to go away. Both are relentless. We have, touch wood, avoided nits so far. Sadly, the lunchbox dilemmas are ever present.
- Kids do not care if they get Vegemite sandwiches every single day. They don't eat them anyway.
- You can love your kids a lot at the same time that they shit you off entirely.
- There comes a time when you have to parent your own parent. This is exhausting and sad and horrible. But it serves as a reminder for us to take care of our own mental and physical health.
- Parenting makes you ponder the irony of the fact that when your kids were babies, they wouldn't let you sleep. As they get older, your worries for them won't let you sleep. Hence I am blogging at 3.40am
- Kids lose loads of school hats and even more Tupperware. It's just a fact.
- My kids behave for others and not for me. That makes me want to shout at them. And I often do.
- I love them regardless of all the above. Loads.
This list is not at all the type of glorious content you can expect to see from the "Things they didn't tell you about parenting" anthology. From that you can expect a lot more rich and enticing words...and it's coming soon...