Bending backwards for your kids

When you bend over backwards for your kids and don't get a thank you, you just gotta laugh. Ten Thousand Hour Mama

The entire family was driving down the highway recently when Peeper let out a wail.

“What’s wrong?”

“My heel’s in the wrong spot!” she screamed. Turns out her sock had turned around and she couldn’t straighten it.

I tried coaching her through righting the sock to no avail. As I was in the passenger seat, I twisted all the way around and stretched my arm back.

“Put your foot next to your head,” I told her. I was just able to reach her sock and fixed it.

I waited a beat.

“Do you have something you want to say to Mom?” I asked.

While I massaged the shoulder I’d nearly dislocated, I waited for the thank you.

Peeper was silent for a minute then spoke.

“I want milk.”

It was all I could do to hold my head in my hands and laugh.

That is parenting in a nutshell: You literally bend backwards to help them recover from some ridiculous problem and instead of saying thank you, they move on to the next demand.

At least we have humor, right?

What’s the most ridiculous big-little problem you e had to solve for your kids?

11 thoughts on “Bending backwards for your kids

  • January 9, 2017 at 8:39 am
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    A mom on twitter wrote: “my kids wanted to know what parenting was like. So I woke them up at 2am to let them know that one of my socks came off.”

    Stay strong 😀

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    • January 9, 2017 at 1:25 pm
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      TRUTH!

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  • January 9, 2017 at 2:01 pm
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    oh gosh, classic! i’ve been in similar situations many times with my various charges over the years. bathwater temperature was a major conundrum with the twins i used to nanny — one always wanted it warmer, the other always wanted it cooler. at some point, you just have to let them be a little uncomfortable because it’s the only way to keep everyone sane. plus it teaches good coping skills!

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    • January 9, 2017 at 4:32 pm
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      There’s no winning!

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  • January 9, 2017 at 5:24 pm
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    Wow, so much truth in this story! The good news is every kid finally gets it once they have kids of their own. Hmm, guess that’s us. Ha!

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    • January 9, 2017 at 8:45 pm
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      It’s the circle of life! 😉

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  • January 10, 2017 at 9:25 am
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    I could go on for days! This is the story of my life!!! Just today on the drive to school I promised them they could take 1 Troll toy for the drive, and leave it in the car. Turns out one of them brought the WRONG TOY, so I had to coach him how to be okay with playing with the wrong troll the entire 10 minute drive to school. Stress ran high. I’m glad I have my coffee now, and that they’re in school 😉

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    • January 10, 2017 at 10:15 am
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      So glad school is back in session, right?! Also, why do kids save their freak outs for when you’re driving?

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    • January 11, 2017 at 11:26 am
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      Soooo many of us.

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