As my quick post explained yesterday, we are now in full transition mode. We are in the process of relocating and that means that most of the furniture is out of the current home and since I still have some days at work, Mini-me and I are staying at my parents’ home. Here are some things I have learned so far:
1) When you stay at your parents’ house, you are not on the top of the food chain anymore. You are not even close to the top. They go first, then the kids, then you.
2) When at your parents’ house, you seem to lose any ability to raise your children properly, even if you are doing EXACTLY what was done to you. If you correct, you are too harsh. If you don’t, then you get THE LOOK. It takes your children .3 seconds how to play the system. Can you say ice cream for dessert… before dinner?
3) If it takes your children .3 seconds to learn how to play the system, it takes them .1 second to realize that your parents are the boss of you. Take that time and cut it in half if the child is as smart as Mini-me. If your child smiles at the moment of realization, you can now expect a direct correlation to the times that they system will be played against you.
4) When at your parents’ house, you don’t get to watch your favorite shows on TV – you don’t even get to hold the remote.
5) If you decide to do something else other than watch TV with them, you might be the recipient of a guilt trip, including “Puppy dog” eyes…
6) When at your parents’ house, you get to sleep in a tiny guest bedroom. The sewing room/plant/junk room is bigger than yours. You might be lucky if you get some space in the closet, but don’t count on it.
7) You don’t have privacy from your children. EVER. Since they are sharing the tiny guest bedroom with you.
8) You might be told to buy food for you and your children, since you might not like what the eat (even though you and your children eat there all the time). When unpacking the groceries, you might be informed of the menu during your stay (which includes what you will be eating) and none of it includes ANY of the stuff you just bought.
9) They cook for you.
10) Your kids are taken care of like nowhere else in the world.
11) You are greeted in the morning with a smile.
12) You get hugs and kisses at any given time (the kids might get more, but you will land several yourself).
13) You get to see your parents’ pride for you in their eyes when they catch you playing with your children.
14) You feel safe.
15) You feel taken care of.
16) You feel loved in a way that doesn’t happen anywhere else, even in your own home.