22 Things I’ve Learned from My Children

I took a Stacy Julian challenge today to come up with 22 things that I’ve learned from my kids. It was actually easier than I thought to come up with these and I know there’s a lot more. Thank you, Jackson and Annie, for teaching me something new everyday!
  1. Jackets are a crazy concept invented by some person who doesn’t understand the need to roam free without being zippered or buttoned into conformity.
  2. Socks have to be just right or they won’t be worn. There is no way to understand what makes a sock “just right”…especially when purchasing them. It’s just something you’ll know immediately when you put it on.
  3. Band-aids make everything better. Even though (and sometimes especially when) there’s no mark, scrape, blood or visible boo-boo of any kind.
  4. Dinner tastes better when you eat it on a TV tray sitting on the couch….especially if you’re having breakfast food for dinner.
  5. You’re never too old for a hug.
  6. Even though you might not get a response for the question, “what did you do today,” the person you asked is probably glad you cared enough to do so.
  7. Sometimes you have to bend the rules.
  8. Saying no is hard even when it’s the right thing to do.
  9. Snuggling rocks.
  10. It never hurts to ask for one more thing or five more minutes.
  11. Why should the weather matter when it comes to having fun?
  12. Dancing and singing can be done anywhere even if you aren’t particularly very good at doing them.
  13. Why wait until later when you can drop everything and start having fun now?
  14. Cleaning-up is over-rated.
  15. One can sustain oneself on chicken nuggets, macaroni and cheese and pizza should one need to.
  16. If you give a mouse a cookie, he doesn’t ask for a glass of milk. But he will tell his friends about where to get the good cookies.
  17. Don’t ever start a sentence with, “Don’t be mad but…..”
  18. Cartoon character “children” like Charlie Brown and Max and Ruby and Kipper don’t have parents who appear in the show, ever. And while it doesn’t make sense it’s just the way it is and the show goes on.
  19. You can learn a lot of you stop talking and listen.
  20. It’s important to develop your own sense of “style” even if it includes wearing shirts and pants that don’t particularly “go together” in a traditional way.
  21. If you don’t understand something…ask someone to explain it. Keep at it until you get an answer that makes sense to you.
  22. If you see something cool, show someone. Don’t let them tell you “not now” or “maybe later” because it might not still be there later.

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