I used to have a very simple three-part checklist to go over when purchasing a new lawnmower:
- Does it meet my wife’s pre-approved budgetary ceiling?
- Does it start after one or two pulls?
- Can it roll over any and everything its path — including but not limited to sticks, rocks, toys, lawn furniture and laundry that has fallen off a clothesline — and still keep grinding away?
We were having dinner the other night, and we decided a good topic of conversation would be “The times we tricked you foolish, foolish children.”
OK, so that wasn’t expressly what was stated at the beginning, but the conversation did head that way. My kids are teens now, and we find it fun to look back on when they were little and my wife and I navigated the parenting waters and we maybe used a smidge of literary license to help us get through the day. I am sure other parents can relate. For those of you with young kids or planning on having kids in the future, tuck some of these away for future use.
I think we can all agree that the single most fun day a family can celebrate together is Cleaning Day.
Just listen to the shouts of joy from the kids! (Teenagers shouts of joy sound strangely similar to whines and moans.)