What’s Not In The Manuals (part 1)

There are a lot of things they don’t tell you in the parenting manuals.  For example, without being able to help it, you will hear these phrases come out of your mouth:

  • Because I said so.
  • Because.
  • Because.
  • Because.
  • Go ask your father.
  • Oh and get the goldfish out of your sister’s toothpaste mug…


You will also nag, repeatedly, often with the following comments:

  • Brush your hair.
  • with a brush.
  • Clean your teeth.
  • with a brush.
  • Floss.
  • Did you floss?
  • Did you really floss?
  • Even the back ones?
  • Wipe your nose so your fingers meet in the middle, not so it smears across your cheek.

If you have daughters, there will come a time when you’ll need to remind them that they cannot sit spread eagle in a dress.

I blame Monkey Bar Buddies for the false sense of modesty.

Ok, and I also resent them not coming in adult sizes, but I digress…

As we plunge along on this crazy roller coaster known as parenting, the best advice I was ever given was to hold tight to humour.

And maybe to keep some chardonnay on tap…


  • http://www.facebook.com/helen.racanelli Helen Racanelli

    Chardonnay. Agreed! The “sitting daughters” comment was pretty funny, too :)