Our kids have the power to teach us a lot.
They can teach us patience, forgiveness, laughter, and smiles.
They can also teach us how quickly time goes by. They can teach us how to cherish each moment and how to live in the present.
But they also have the power to teach us those not-so-happy things too.
My boys, for example, have not only given me a complete run for my money, but they’ve also taught me some down and dirty stuff.
Some ugly truths and hidden fun my kids can teach me:
1. How to turn dirt into a gourmet meal. Too afraid to dive right in to pure dirt? They can also teach you how to sneak it into meals unnoticed. You’ll only realize it when you bite down and taste that grainy substance.
2. What makes you think to put dog food in your mouth. And then go back for more! Must be easy enough once you get past the smell.
3. Why picking cuts and scabs until they’re pussing and bleeding all over again is fun. I mean really, have you seen the green ooze that can come squirting out?!
4. The joy of sticking any random object into my nostril to see *just* how far it goes. And then the humor of the situation when Mommy turns completely pale and panics that she can’t get the object out.
5. The fun of smearing poop all over the walls. And floor. And furniture. Forget about the smell, you just created beautiful artwork!
6. The thrill of running away from me, as fast as you possibly can, when we are outside, in a parking lot, or in a store. This must have some sort of hidden magic in trying to make me look like I’m kidnapping you.
6. The appeal of bathing with no water in the tub, since the drain stopper screams at you to pull it out as soon as you get in the bathtub. There’s an attraction towards shiny things, I know.
7. The downside of napping. Seriously, who wants to take a nap in the middle of the day and miss out on all the peace and quiet downstairs? #FunSponge
8. The attraction of saying the word “no.” I know as an adult, I tend to hate hearing that word, so maybe saying it has a different appeal.
9. The humor in burping, tooting, and pooping. And the need to share those bodily functions with the world.
10. The excitement of squishing bugs between your bare hands. And then the complete sense of accomplishment as you show everyone what you just did.