The irony of this attempt at humor will ring very true to most parents facing a holiday weekend.  If you are not yet a parent, you will not see the humor, but why are you reading a parenting blog?

When I taught human behavior courses at Columbia University, a rankled most of my students by claiming until you became a parent, you were delusional about the difficulties of parenting – teachers and camp counselors excluded.

Today, someone posted this question: Why would a mother take a two year old shopping on Black Friday?

Duh, usually because she is fairly poor and has no one else to care for her child.


Tip one: If at all possible take advantage of childless relatives, ask them to care for the kids so you can get a necessary keep your sanity break.

Tip two:  Split childcare with the your child’s other parent. 

Tip three:   Trade play date time with another parent. 

Tip four: Do not stay anywhere near your kids when taking advantage of tip one through three.

Tip five: Figure out a reward to get your oldest kid to play happily with  younger siblings.

Tip six: Get the kids outside and running until exhausted. Hopefully where you can sit and relax.

Tip seven:  Let the kids watch as much TV as they want

Tip eight: Cook as little as possible. Order pizza in every night if you can afford it, otherwise think peanut butter and jelly, or macaroni and cheese.

Tip nine:  Repeat “I love my children” and Now is not forever” frequently.

Tip ten:  Pray often to whatever higher power you believe in, but keep some hot line numbers available just in case.

Stay strong

Okay, maybe things aren’t that bad. Then be grateful and enjoy.  You are among the blessed.

Here is my thank you or welcome to the my blog gift – a quick introduction to The Daily Twelve Emotional Fitness Exercises. Learning them will help you stay calmer so your can keep up a caring attitude.

For more details about staying strong as a parent buy any one of my E-books.

If you buy any of my books, please review it either where you bought it or on this through the comments on this blog.

DISCLAIMER: FORGIVE MY GRAMMATICAL ERRORS FOR I HAVE DYSGRAPHIA. If you need perfect posts, you will not find them here. I have dysgraphia which means that sometimes my sentence structure is not that easy to follow or I make other errors. Still, most people understand me. All of my books are professionally edited, but not all of my blog posts are. Thanks for your understanding and reading my work.

As always thank you for following me. If you know someone else who will benefit from my thoughts, forward this to them. Liking, commenting, and sharing are other ways you can help me stay strong and spread some ideas others might find helpful.

As I tell myself a thousand times a day, stay strong, and give lots of love, be grateful, live now, have lots of luck.


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