It got me to thinking about some of the things I wish I knew before I had kids. So, here goes ...
10. Parenting is a spectator sport. Everyone has an opinion. It's important to be teachable, but realize that not all humans are given equal shares of wisdom -- or tact.
9. Going to the bathroom alone is a luxury, not a right.
8. Every kid needs a good tantrum now and then. They are most likely to occur when you cross the threshold of a cavernous superstore warehouse.
7. In times of desperation, Fruit Loops DO count as a food group. Really.
6. When people say, "They grow up so fast," they are actually referring to height. The maturity process ... not quite so speedy.
5. No matter how hip and cool you are, when your kid turns 12, the gig is up. You suddenly have the relevance of an 8-track tape player.
4. Your first name is pointless. You are hereupon known only as "Johnny's mom."
3. When you pick up the telephone, it triggers some kind of child homing device. Your little rugrats can be two floors away, but they will find you. Oh yes, they will find you.
2. You have to be the grown-up now. No fair!
And the Number One thing I wish I knew before I became a parent is ...
1. It's okay not to be perfect. Love covers a multitude of sins.
I Corinthians 13:13: "And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love."
Any advice out there for Emily Jean?
What do YOU wish you knew before you became a parent?