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Parenting 101: Things Nobody Tells You About Being a Parent

Updated on March 18, 2015
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Marcy writes about family, home life, parenting, money-saving tips, and many other topics, as well as essays and occasional humor pieces

Your Bundle of Joy Comes with Some Surprises

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Child Behavior Books Don't Tell Everything

Here's the deal - Dr. Spock didn't tell the whole story on this parenting thing.

Just about the time their sweet, precious bundle of joy starts moving around on his or her own, new parents quickly learn that much of normal childhood behavior isn't mentioned in the books.

In fact, there are few tips on parenting skills to address some of the things you encounter when you have a child.

After a while, you wonder if you signed up for the Murphy's Law of Parenthood course rather than the one that seems to be pictured on all those photos of smiling parents with peacefully sleeping babies and well-behaved toddlers.

Parenting advice should mention the dark side of things, as well as the part that looks cute and eventually sleeps all night.

Can You Change a Diaper? That's a Loaded Question

You may be in for more than you bargained for when it comes to a toddler's digestive system.
You may be in for more than you bargained for when it comes to a toddler's digestive system. | Source

Great Parenting Guide on Being the Father of Twins

Parenting Laws Related to the Digestive Tract and the Bladder


There are some hard and fast laws of nature related to children and body functions. You will learn them, very quickly.

#1: At some point, a body elimination event will happen that will prove, beyond a doubt, that diaper engineering still hasn't been perfected.

As tiny as your baby looks, he or she has some powerful intestines and a bladder capacity you've never envisioned. One day, usually when it's least convenient, you'll be caught unawares when the steel-belt-radial diaper you've used can't contain things. This is part of standard child behavior, too, but nobody tells you about it.

Parenting 101 Advice: Just go with the flow (sorry, couldn't help that one!); it's all part of being a parent. Try to be prepared with wipes, a change of clothes, hand sanitizer and a heavy dose of patience at all times, in case you're faced with an event that rocks the Richter Scale.

#2: Diaper Failure will generally happen in a public setting. No setting, no matter how important, is sacred or special enough to be immune to this event. This goes for your in-laws' home, church, the grocery store, an airplane or anywhere else you might be when nature calls.

Parenting 101 Advice: If you're among strangers, pretend you are the most composed and prepared parent in the universe (you did bring those wipes, didn't you?). If the child's other parent is there, pretend you're just asking what time it is, then walk away quickly - you can fight about it later. If you're stuck with the situation yourself, take the child to the most private setting you can find and hose him or her down. If possible, don't go back into the room where the event happened; slink out the back door and send regrets later. If you're on a plane, well, I'm so sorry.

#3: Boys, no matter how old they are, cannot aim. Never, ever forget this law of physics. If you stand too near the radius of attack, you get what you deserve.

Parenting 101 Advice: Learn to dodge and weave with a split-second of notice. It will save your wardrobe (sometimes even your make-up). Besides, it's good exercise. For parents of older boys, invest in washable and waterproof flooring. If the offender is your husband, make him pay for the new flooring.

Parenthood, Privacy & the Potty

#4: From now on, you will rarely have quality bathroom time all to yourself. It can be statistically proven that few parents (especially young mothers) are ever able to take a shower or use the facilities in peace.

An important reality of child behavior is that the minute you're under the shower head, or in an inconvenient sitting position, one or more of your children will suddenly have the urge to go. Or, as a variation, there will be an emergency that only you can address.

Parenting 101 Advice: While it might be possible to learn to live with fewer showers, it's no fun. Especially if you've experienced an event such as the #1 Murphy's Law of Parenthood describes. About the only thing you can do to shower or visit the facilities in peace is to take preventative child-behavior measures beforehand by demanding a productive trip to the bathroom for every kid in the house.

Then, put them in front of something that will compete for their attention (their favorite DVD, Dad taking a nap, whatever) and give it your best shot. Learn to shower quickly, and learn to discern between a true emergency and one that can wait. If you hear a loud cry at the door, discipline yourself to ask whether there are any flames or blood as a way to triage the alleged emergency.

#5: It's a rule of child behavior that anything that can be held in a child's hand is subject to being flushed. This goes for toys, your jewelry, a dirty diaper that got wiggled off a busy bottom, the car keys, Dad's best razor and even the pet hamster.

Parenting 101 Advice: Start now in developing your precognitive skills. You will soon be able to predict (and therefore prevent) a few bad experiences. Avoid buying anything of value for several years, especially if it's small enough to apply to the above Law of Parenthood. Put small things in very high places. Your hamster may not like being on the top shelf of the closet, but he will thank you later.

#6: As with diapers, no form of plumbing has yet been developed that will survive a child's flushing stage. If you hear repeated flushings coming from a bathroom (or a faucet running for an usually long time in any room with a sink), investigate immediately. Unfortunately, most kids are very persistent in flushing again and again if something doesn't go down the first time. The lever, button or chain that works your toilet is fun to play with.

Parenting 101 Advice: As soon as you know you're expecting a child, make friends with the nearest plumber you can find. And don't forget the advice above about waterproof flooring.

Kids Love to Break Things

If you own anything fragile, kiss it goodbye. Children love to touch everything.
If you own anything fragile, kiss it goodbye. Children love to touch everything.

Laws related to physics, scientific exploration and the forensic analysis of facts

#7: An important rule of child behavior is if something can be pulled, thrown, twisted, torn, poked, smeared or otherwise manipulated, whatever can be done to it will be done. Standard parenting advice doesn't alert you that you may as well say a benediction over anything breakable, because whatever it is will be tried, tested and probably found wanting.

Parenting 101 Advice: Don't waste those valuable months of pregnancy! Start identifying vulnerable objects early. This goes for your pets, too. Sell them, or give them away; it's more humane.

#8: The destruction described in Law #7 isn't limited to your own possessions. Parenting advice sometimes mentions 'child-proofing' your home, but anything touchable in other environments (your friends' homes, your in-laws home, church, a store or anywhere else) is subject to curiosity and abuse. Don't say I didn't warn you.

Parenting 101 Advice: As soon as you know you're expecting a baby, plan your logistics for the years to come. While you're befriending the plumber mentioned above, locate a tolerant congregation in the faith of your choice (look for one with numerous other children, which will help spread the blame when things are destroyed). Develop solid friendships ahead of time, so these victims, er, people, will welcome your little one lovingly and will have a built-in resistance to suing you, since you're friends.

#9: Everything that happens was done by the other kid in the family. Children rapidly grow to appreciate the utility of having one or more siblings, and one of the first things a child learns to say is, "He did it!" or "She did it!" That phrase comes right after "Mama," "Da-Da," and "No!"

Parenting 101 Advice: This does not mean your child is a pathological liar. Instead, he or she will probably grow up to be a lawyer or a famous politician. Maybe even both. As you're sifting through the evidence to determine the truth, take pride in knowing your child will likely be able to support you in your old age; the creative interpretation of facts and events is a valued skill in many careers.

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#10: No matter what happens, you will love them anyway, and you will learn to laugh about these things later. Yes, even the expensive cell phone that got flushed down the toilet and flooded the new carpeting you bought just before they were born. Ha-ha! Wasn't that a fun day!

Your child behavior memories will include your extended family, too. Remember that really embarrassing event at your brother's wedding reception? We won't go into those details here, but I'm glad you kept up with your meds and got the right counseling, and I'm glad your brother still speaks to you.

Parenting 101 Advice: Parenting is like basic training in the military - it's a test of your strength and endurance, it's for a good cause, and in the long run, if you learn to play the game right, you will survive it. And the best parenting advice of all? Those years are fleeting - enjoy them while you can!

Kids and Fire Alarm Levers? That's Asking for Trouble

Fire alarm levers are tempting for children.
Fire alarm levers are tempting for children.

True-life Parenting Story

Here's my favorite "If they see it, they will touch it" story from when my kids were little:

One day I took my two sons to my college campus while I ran an errand there. They were quite young, but old enough to know better (so I thought). As I sat on a bench in an outdoor quad area, going over some paperwork, I let them run and play on the grass a bit. In a momentary lapse of my knowledge of child behavior, I figured they couldn't get into trouble there. After all, how could they do any harm running around amongst a few trees and some bushes?

I was so wrong: Suddenly the campus fire alarm began clanging and echoing throughout the entire campus. I immediately knew my kids were somehow involved - sure enough, they came running wide-eyed from a breezeway in one of the nearby buildings, both pointing to the other and saying, "He did it!"

Break Glass in Case of Fire: You know those little glass boxes that say "Pull This" in case of fire? Well, the glass was broken. I'm not sure what fool invented that enticing alarm device, or what other fool decided it was a good idea to put it right about kid level, but I'd sure like to take some names. Obviously, such devices aren't tested under normal child-behavior conditions.

As the alarm kept reverberating through the campus, I frantically tried to find someone to report what had happened and try to pay for the damage. It didn't take me long to find the right people; we were in the quad near the administration building, and the alarm had sent every official on the campus pouring out of their offices, all looking puzzled and wondering who scheduled a fire drill.

I approached the first administrator I saw and, thinking we were in big trouble, told them what had happened.

Too late - here comes the Fire Department: My confession and offer for restitution was cut short by the sound of sirens. Many, many sirens, all screaming loudly above the still-clanging fire alarm. Fire trucks were already pulling into the campus; not just one or two vehicles - an entire fleet. They'd had no warning of a drill, so they thought it was the real thing. To their credit, since the alarm came from a large campus, they sent plenty of help. Thanks, guys; that's still a warm memory for me.

Fortunately, the campus administration officials all had a good sense of humor. I tried to pay for any damages, but they laughed it off and said they were due for a fire drill anyway.

But wait! There's more! Just as I was breathing a sigh of relief, one administrator said, "We always wondered what would happen if we had a fire drill during registration week!" You guessed it. At the time this happened, the campus still used manual registration; they had not yet implemented online registration. Everyone (15,000 students, at this particular campus) had to stand in long lines in the gym, one line for each class, and painstakingly register for each class, one class at a time. Every single student going through registration at the gym lost their places in line because they had to evacuate due to the fire alarm.

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 2 years ago from Planet Earth

    LOL! Thanks, PeachPurple! You should write some of those kid memories for us!

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    peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

    looks like you have been a hell lot of parenting tops and downs as I did, it was hilarious, embarrassing but cute memories

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

    Thanks, Mxbhari! I'm glad you got a laugh from it!

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    Mxbhari 4 years ago

    A wonderful write up, I simply loved it. Have two boys of my own, so I can imagine how the fire drill was!

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

    I'm so glad you enjoyed it, Eric - and I absolutely know you understand, after reading your hilarious Dumbo Drop story! I will tread lightly when I visit Disney World (it will never be the same there!). Thank you for commenting here, and for the link!

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    Eric Newland 4 years ago from Dayton, Ohio

    Glad I finally got around to reading this. A good, funny, and all too true hub, and I love your fire alarm story. I will now never be at ease around a fire alarm if I have my daughter with me.

    And thank you again for the link! I've placed a link to here in the text of my hub, and I'm voting this up and sharing too!

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    Ah, yes - the Payback Club! Our kids, when they become parents, don't realize the high price grandparents have paid for membership in that group! Thanks for reading and commenting, BuyaBiz!

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    BizVT34 5 years ago from USA

    All of the Laws above are difficult but as a parent they are learning opportunities. Having been thru that stage with my kids I am particularly qualified to encourage ALL of those behaviors in my grand kids ..It's purely an act of "get even".

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    Thanks, Stephanie! I'm loving the humorous things people are sharing here. I will look for your hub and link, too!

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    Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

    Can I hit the "funny" button two or three times? This was hilarious, and everyone who was ever a parent can relate! I have to link this to my hub on Parenting Advice-Never say Never as it certainly proves my point!

    Voted up and shared!

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    Oh, gosh - I can so relate to the hair incidents! My kids found a bottle of indelible blue ointment we used to treat sores on our animals. They painted everything with it, and one of them ended up with blue hair for about a month. Thanks for sharing, and for bringing back that little memory, Millionaire Tips! I can only imagine how long it took to get the goo and the cornmeal out of the hair and off everything else it touched! I guess it was like playing with finger paints for her?

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    Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

    Let me share with you my anecdote. I was recently reminded of it, because it happened to a friend as well. My daughter found the jar of Vaseline. I had just used it the day before on her hair, since her hair was so dry. It is apparently really fun to play with. It is very very difficult to remove though. I had to put cornmeal in her hair to dry up the Vaseline. Of course, trying to remove the cornmeal was also difficult. It isn't just valuables, breakables, and poisoneous products that you have to keep away from your child! She actually managed all those things very well without issue.

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    I think the list of Murphy's Law examples could fill a few books, Millionaire Tips. It's been fun to read the anecdotes people are leaving on this thread!

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    Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

    This is hilarious Marcy! So very true! Murphy's Law especially applies to child rearing.

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    You sound like you gave your mom a run for it, too, cclitgirl - I can relate to what she went through! My kids had so many stitches and broken bones that we thought about putting a few EMTs (Emergency Medical Technicians) on retainer. I sometimes wonder if I'd agree to go through all that again if I knew what all was ahead!

    Thanks so much for your comments; I'm so glad you enjoyed the hub!

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    Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

    Hehe, steel-belt radial diaper? HAHAH. And the fire-alarm story is priceless. I have to wonder what antics I did as a child to critically embarrass my mother. I vaguely remember being in a department store and "hiding" from strangers. I hid in a rack of clothes. I pushed so hard on it, I ended up tipping the whole thing over. Hehe. My other incidents all seem to involve bodily injury. I was in the hospital getting stitches or for nasty bug bites or something like that a lot. Sorry, Mom. :D

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    Oh, gosh - the cannon shot incident sounds hysterical! He must have been one strong baby! Thanks for sharing that little memory here - and thank you for reading and commenting!

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    Hi, Justanie - thanks for your kind comments! You sound like a perfect aunty - especially with your ability to see the loving humor in i..I'm glad you enjoyed the hub!

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    Marissa 5 years ago from United States

    Marcy, this hub was hilarious, yet so true! It reminded me of one very special midnight diaper changing I had with my then newborn son. As soon as that diaper came off, his cute little tushy canon shot off and made direct hits clear across his bedroom to the opposite wall. I was laughing so hard I was crying! My husband had to come investigate because he thought I was going crazy. :D

    Voted up, useful, awesome and funny!

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    justanie 5 years ago from Canada

    This is so nice...helpful tips for would-be parents... Still enjoying being an aunty and can't wait to be living such moments.it always makes for a good laugh when it's all said and done..nice one.

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    LOL! I like that strategy your dad used, hoteltravel! Wish I'd have thought of asking who retaliated - great idea! Thank you for reading and commenting!

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    Thanks, JessiJo! I'm glad the hub gave you some laughs! We should collect these stories from all the writers here and make a book. It would work better than birth control!

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    Thanks, homesteadbound! Most of the things in this hub have happened to me (all of them, I think, plus a few more - such as when my kids poured sugar into my old electric typewriter so they could watch the crystals bounce around. Unfortunately, the heat caramelized the sugar and the whole thing was ruined. Maybe our laughter is actually hysteria?

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    hoteltravel 5 years ago from Thailand

    Reading this hub reminded me of my parents. Both were extremely patient and good at remaining calm irrespective of the situation. My mom used to say, "Beware of a silent kid, he must be up to something". My dad used to ask us back, "Who retaliated first?" to our "he did it" and 'she did it" and catch us on the wrong foot. Voted up.

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    JessiJoW 5 years ago from Hillsboro, Oregon

    Absolutely hilarious piece! I can so relate to each one of your "Murphy's Laws of Parenthood"! As a mother of 3, I've been there more times than I'd like to count (and you'd think by now I'd remember the wipes! ;-) )

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    Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

    I absolutely loved this hub. The layout was perfect, and everything was so right on. Like you, I have tales I could tell. Oh my! Kids will be kids!

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    Thanks, Teaches - I imagine you've seen those alarms in action many times! You should consider writing some hubs about your experiences, too!

    Thank you for reading and commenting!

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    Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

    You have to have a sense of humor if you are a parent because you would end up tightly wound and breakable. I love your hub topic and how you wrote it with a humorous light on the subject. Those fire alarms have caused more fun outings for chldren than recess! Thanks for sharing this advice. Voted up.

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    You have your hands full, Savanah! I'll bet they're darling kids - and quite active at those ages. You're right; we have to just laugh at it and keep going.

    Thank you for reading and commenting - I'm so glad you enjoyed it!

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    Thanks, Simone! Once you have kids, you learn why God gave us a sense of humor. I'm glad you enjoyed the hub, and thank you for commenting!

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    Hey, you know I'm always here for you, Ardie! I'm glad you got a laugh out of this - at least there's a way to turn it into lemonade, right? Thanks for reading, laughing and commenting!

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    savanahl 5 years ago

    Very cute and oh so true. I have a 2 1/2 year old and an 8 month old so these things happen to me daily, but you just have laugh about it. Thanks for sharing.

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    Simone Haruko Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

    Hahaa, love this! Yeah, Murphy's Law certainly does come into play a LOT with kids. And your personal story at the end really did bring back some very similar memories of my own... good, practical advice, Marcy! Voted up :D

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    Sondra 5 years ago from Neverland

    oooh Marcy too funny. I had to stop reading halfway through just to come down here and tell you how difficult it is to read with laughter tears streaming down my face!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ok back up I go hahah

    Now that I have read the entire Hub I can't even comment. You are the Parenting Goddess in my eyes - you have survived everything I know will come my way. From now on I will not only call my mother during a crisis - I will also come here and find you. Too too funny girl. "He did it!"

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    Hi, Suzie - I hope your sister gets a laugh out of this, too! Tell her she's not alone (see the list of comments here!). And those years do pass, eventually.

    Thanks for reading and commenting!

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    Hi, Melis - I'm learning from the great comments here that I am by no means alone! There are some hilarious stories out there. Thank you for reading and commenting!

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    Your baby bouncer idea is brilliant, Melovy! Wish I'd thought of that back then. Thank you for mentioning it here - maybe you could write a hub about tips on dealing with simple but common problems such as shower time?

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    Thanks, Sandrabusby - I'm so glad you got a laugh out of this. At least we can recycle the pain of those days into some funny memories!

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    Oh, gosh - the oozing kid in the public setting! Oh, I know that feeling! Please, please, read the Dumbo Drop story linked here - it's hilarious.

    Thanks so much for reading and commenting, RealHousewife!

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    Thank you, Kelley! I always thought I wanted more kids, but I look back now and I think God was smarter than me. Sort of like the food line at the buffet; you are the last one to realize your plate is full. Thanks for commenting!

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    Omigosh - your son is very lucky he was cute back then, too! That sounds like a lot of flushing, to have a pile of things that big! I think we get our post-traumatic sense of humor as a form of therapeutic relief.

    Thanks for reading and commenting!

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    Thanks, Susan - and if the hub brought back memories, well, you have my understanding sympathy for that! Thank you for reading and commenting!

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    Suzie ONeill 5 years ago from Lost in La La Land

    What an amusing and informative hub! (chuckle) I'm going to have to share this with my sister, who has 3 kids under the age of 5. (Honestly, what was she thinking? Just kidding!) ;)

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    Melis Ann 5 years ago from Mom On A Health Hunt

    Parenting is definitely full of surprises and funny stories. Great humor! Always nice for parents to validate themselves and feel like they aren't the only ones when things go wrong too.

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    Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

    A very funny hub Marcy, including that fire alarm incident!

    WE had a few of the diaper failure incidents - that photo is so funny! As for going to that bathroom alone- when my first daughter was old enough for a baby bouncer I used to hang in from the doorway of our ensuite bathroom while I took a shower and that kept her safe and happy.

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    Sandra Busby 5 years ago from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA

    Very amusing hub. Laughter is truly the best medicine and this one delivers bundles of it. Thanks for SHARING. Sandra Busby

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    Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Please u derstand dear - I'm not laughing AT you but I am laughing WITH you! Hahahaha!

    I've had so many moments you ve mentioned with my veautiful little girls! Lol. I took my oldest shopping when she was 3 months old with my mom. They just came out with the Cher perfume...I sprayed a little on my wrist and walked around waiting to see if it still smelled good on me after a bit. I thought I might buy some! I smelled my wrist once more and EWWWW! I said "mom! Smell my wrist! This Cher perfume smells exactly like poo! Omg who would wear this??". She did smell

    my wrist and agreed it was HORRIBLE! Then my little sister who tagged along said "what's that

    huge green spot on the babies back?". Yep - it WAS poo! Hahaha! So hilarious - I still crack up

    every time I remember the looks on our faces when we discovered I was carrying a baby that was oozing! Lol. Lol.

    Of course, I couldn't have read a hub back then to prepare me! Lol. I learn everything the hard way. Kudos for this hub for sure!

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    kelleyward 5 years ago

    Very funny Mary! I can relate with three boys of my own! Voted up and funny!

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    Christin Sander 5 years ago from Midwest

    lol I laughed all the way through this hub because I have experienced all of these at least once. Your fire alarm story was too much - oh my, your kids were lucky they were cute that day! So glad the administrators had a good sense of humor about it.

    My oldest when he was little managed to destroy our plumbing by flushing things unbeknownst to me until it was too late. When the plumber came and pulled everything apart all the way to the septic tank (sigh) there were stuffed toys, underpants and various plastic things stuck in the pipes... I laugh now, but was not amused at the time because his dad had just gotten out of the hospital with a broken back. I was dealing with him and a toddler at the same time and - yeah, it's a wonder my second one was ever born ;) lol.

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    Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    Reading your hub brought back so many memories. Enjoyed your story of the fire alarm.

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