Sunday, May 16, 2010

The phenomenon that is the single parent.

Ok, so I am not a single parent. As a matter of fact I am the complete antithesis of the single parent. My husband is more like another mom than a dad. He has done all of it, from delivering them to potty training and everything in between. I once told his mother that if Shawn could nurse I would be completely useless and I stand by that statement still today.

So, why I am talking about single parenting and what would I possibly know about it? Honestly, not much. But every now and then, like this weekend, I get a taste of what it would be like without Doc here. I am not afraid to tell you that the only word I can think to describe that particular idea is HELL.

Now keep in mind my friends that there are all types of single parents; there are those that have been divorced, abandoned, widowed, those that got an unexpected surprise from someone they would never marry, those who have adopted a child in need, and those who have actual spouses that live in their home, but, are for lack of a better word absent from parenting. I am speaking to each and every one of you when I say GOD BLESS YOU!!!

I mean seriously folks, everyone needs someone else to wipe a butt now and then if not just for the sheer pleasure of seeing someone else try to get all of the poop off of a wiggling butt while trying to keep it from getting on everything else in the house! This is funny stuff, and no one should always have to be on the tail end of this joke! (no pun intended)

There are moments in parenthood when you just NEED another set of hands: poopy diapers at the park, one product stops at the grocery store, rainy days out of the house, a shower, or just for a peaceful dinner. You know it, I know it, we have all been there at some point whether we have one kid or five. Let me ask you, how many of you have wiped your butt while a kid was on your lap? Or caught one coming down a slide while trying to keep the other one from chocking herself to death on a rock? How many of you have waited to sit down in a restaurant with a fussy baby and felt everyone looking at you thinking "man I hope they don't sit me near her table". Think about having to do all of this, all of the time, with no help!! Parenting is not easy and parenting with any kind of life is all but impossible on your own.

So today I honor the single parents, all of them! Your job was not meant to be done alone and I respect the heck out of you for doing it. For those of you who have help, I say stop all of your complaining, hug your partner and appreciate even the little things. If you think it would be easier to do it alone I recommend you ask someone who really knows!

Doc will be home in three hours, thank God for Daddy Hall!!!!!

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