Each new day being Zachary Newman Perry’s mother, I learn a new lesson and I unveil a new mystery. Little ones have a way of changing things up on you. As soon as you think you know how to do this parenting thing, yesterday’s favorite things are tomorrow’s instruments of torture. As soon as you think you know, “Oh he always loves bath time” or “He always naps till 3:00.” BAM! Dirty and tired is the new black. The only thing consistent day to day is change.
Movie time is a prime example of the mystery of a toddler’s mind. I could put a movie on upstairs on a 46 inch flat-screen TV with surround sound. Zero interest. Put the same movie on a 14 inch laptop with shitty audio and place it in his lap? Glued. Go figure. This follows the same philosophy as Woop Woops (Fruit Loops) on the floor are a yummy snack, whereas Fruit Loops in a bowl or cup? No thanks, mom. And we’ve all felt the pain of realizing we spent way too much money on a toy when the box it came in turned out to be far more entertaining. I swear next Christmas, I am saving a bunch of money and giving the boys both a shoebox full of dry beans, an empty milk carton, and a candy cane. The possibilities would be endless! I’m serious.
So the key to staying a positive mommy when every day you’re faced with something else you thought you knew but you’re actually totally clueless about? You do what every woman does when they’re blindsided and confused. Pretend you saw it coming and play along! And just know that in every lesson, and every smashed Woop Woop you vacuum up, there is love. Oh, and never let em see ya sweat!