1. When your kid or kiddos are sick, you will think they need rest. They will think they need to avoid it. On goes the Sleep To Get Better battle, worse than the Take Your Medicine battle.
2. As soon as you clear your schedule for some valuable time with your kids, they will destroy the house 10 minutes before, leaving a disgruntled, irritated, mama who wants to sleep and/or drink instead of spend that time with them.
3. Once you decide to wake up early to exercise, read, and/or write before your children wake up, they will decide to wake up earlier to join you. And there you will be, awake at 4 am, staring each other down.
4. The mess of your house will force you to think of some sanity-saving idea to make certain areas forbidden. The kids will figure out your locks, avoid the booby-traps, and pull all the important papers you have stored, pour water on them, and throw them in the trash, laundry bin, and under your bed.
5. After a major temper tantrum, you will sit your toddler down to explain why things happen the way they do. They will turn to you, give you the most tender expression, and smack your face.
6. Once you nicely fold your clothes and put them away–a task you do once a year–you will wake the next morning to all those clothes in your kids’ room strewn across their floors and bunched up in places you didn’t think they could reach.
7. You will make the most delicious meal, complete with four courses, sit your family down and endure as your oldest child says things like “I don’t like that,” or “I WANT CEREAL!” And, after your 2-year-old finishes, he will pour everything he didn’t want on the floor, which your landlord has kept carpeted for insanity purposes.
8. While watching your children playing so nicely, you will remark to your husband/friend/associate “my kids are the best of friends,” only to have one running to you, blood streaming down their face, the next minute screaming “he/she hit me!”
9. Instead of watching the show they demanded to watch while you wash dishes, or complete some other household chore, your children will be busy making artwork on the walls, the carpet, and the couch with your lipstick, pens, eyeliner, or whatever media source they can find in your purse.
10. Your spouse/partner and you will sit down after a long day to read bedtime stories to your kids. After you finish, they will tackle you with hugs and kisses, shouting, “I love you!” Then you will remember that it really is worth it in the end. Especially once they shut their eyes and leave you with peaceful, slumbering noises–a sure sign you can finally relax.