Friday, July 29, 2011

The Insanity of Parenting

I snapped this picture this morning, as the three boys were going along so well. I wanted a reminder of how great of friends they can be sometimes.

My friend Cara and her girls came over this evening. The kids enjoyed watching Rango followed by a pizza dinner. During the course of the evening, the boys engaged in many of their typical mishaps and shenanigans: spills, squabbles, and silly antics.

As I cleaned up the second milk spill of the evening and began pouring a third glass, Cara said, "Isn't that the definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results?"

I laughed, but thought how many times a day I do just that:

-Letting the child with a history of dumping the entire bin, access to the Lego box yet again;

-Allowing the child with a history of marking on walls possession of markers/crayons/chalk;

-Sitting two siblings, prone to disagreement, right next to each other in the car;

and on and on.

I suppose the optimist in me imagines this time will be different; they'll learn from their mistakes. But, by the second milk spill, the insanity builds.

I soaked in her words, and then poured the third glass of milk into a sippy.

I'll remain an optimist, but try to retain my sanity.

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