My girls in 2009, back when they had no tomboy gag-reflex aversion to the color pink or to wearing adorable matching nightgowns. Sniff!
Lately I’ve been truly stressing about the “messiness” of our house. I may have resorted to some unfortunate coersion (i.e. screaming) over the weekend because my girls left their breakfast dishes out AGAIN.
There is good messy and bad messy when it comes to this parenting thing, though.
Cue the violins.
Grab a tissue.
Go ahead…I’ll wait.
My advice to all you moms just starting out on this fantastic voyage of swaddling and sippy cups (my “baby” just turned 7 years old so I’ve been at this a while) is to appreciate the big messes that only little kids can make. Treasure your trashed house. Embrace the chaos. That’s right. Relish the water on the bathroom floor after an epic bubble bath with Barbies and bath toys, appreciate the sticky PB&J handprints on the refrigerator door, cherish the cookie crumbs.
Because you know what? One minute you’re sweeping up cookie crumbs and the next minute you’re consider colleges.
Now remind me to read this the next time I go ballistic over unclaimed cereal bowls.
Speaking of cookie crumbs, today is National Oatmeal Cookie Day and I wanted to follow up to the sponsored post I wrote for Quaker last month AND announce the winner of the $75 VISA gift card and assortment of cookies from Quaker’s new cookie line. Deanna G. who commented April 1: “I’d like to get the garage clean & organized,” is the winner. Congrats to Deanna!
Some fun facts about National Oatmeal Cookie Day from my friends at Quaker:
- The oatmeal cookie was originally invented in the late 1800s during Rome’s attempts to conquer England.
- Two of the most famous fans of oatmeal cookies are Susan Sarandon and Bethenny Frankel.
- Oatmeal cookies are the second most popular cookie.
- 75 % of U.S. households have oatmeal in their cupboard (including mine!)
- Americans consume roughly 2 billion cookies a year; some reports will say about 300 cookies per person a year.
So there you go. If you’re ever playing trivia at a sports bar with your kids (not that we’d ever do that…ahem) and you find yourself challenged with some particularly perplexing cookie triva, you are so totally going to rock that category.
What kind of kid messes are you going to miss when you’re kids are grown?
Disclosure: This is the second in a series of sponsored posts from Quaker. As always, all opinions and words are all mine.