People say that your life changes forever when you become a parent. It is true. And the parenting skills that you develop are
beyond your wildest imaginings quite frankly astonishing. Below is my list of the top ten parenting skills that I never dreamed I would have but that show me, beyond any doubt, that I’m a parent.
- The ability to eat, and chop food, one-handed. The other will invariably be either holding or restraining the baby or toddler respectively.
- The ability to not even notice that the CD has been stuck and repeating the same line of a song several hundred times. Mere audio-normality now.
- The ability, when there is a sheer lack of a respectable alternative, to eat my child’s bogey, or half chewed sandwich, when handed it and not retch.
- The ability to spot a ‘poo-face’ from the other side of a crowded room and…
- The ability to whisk a small child to a bathroom faster than most people can blink.
- The common sense to never, ever, leave the house without wet-wipes…
- Or to go on holiday without Calpol.
- The ability to remove crayon from walls/cupboards/sofas/carpets in the least destructive manner and…
- The tolerance to cope when despite all of your best efforts it still won’t shift.
- The ability to hear, and discriminate, your own child’s cry, no matter how quiet, in a room full of screaming children within seconds.
How about you? What parenting skills have you developed that you never thought you would have? I would love to know.