Hey new and expecting parents, listen up.
My grandma used to say “If you never put salt on your corn on the cob, then you’ll never miss the delicious salty taste.” That was her way of letting me know that it’s easier to never start practicing the vices of boozing, smoking and gambling, than it is to quit once you begin.
Wise words indeed, especially when applied to parenting and our desire to appease our children’s cries with easy and immediate solutions but no thought of the long term ramifications.
But you too my dear friends have the gift of a drunken elders experience.
While snuggling with your babies until they fall asleep is a joyous thing, be wary. These cute little things grow up, learn to snore and end up kicking like mules in their slumber. Not to mention it’s good for marriage to have an all adult bed. If the young ones get a taste of sleeping in mom and pops bed, it will be very difficult to get them to fall sleep alone in their own bed. Like bed begs, they are hard to get rid of. Be prepared to spend significant time in the weaning process and expect much wailing and gnashing of teeth. It’s easier never to start!
And then there is the awful music filled with car horns, farting noises and mooing cows. Don’t do it. Make them listen to what you like! And never, I mean never let them lock on to one song. A song so ingrained I their psyche that they scream and cry unless they hear it over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over again. Keep the ipod on constant shuffle. Trust me on this one.
The buzz tonight is never worth the hangover tomorrow.