We are loving this project a lot. It is like our third child. Both Jeff and I have been working on it full-time (with many, many breaks to look after our actual children and Jeff doing paid work) for five months and counting.
If this book is successful I dream of also doing You’re Doing Great, Kid and You’re Doing Great, Toddler. Jeff wisely tells me to take one thing at a time.
But just say that I was thinking a little bit about You’re Doing Great, Kid. I might think of a list of things I see differently after having a kid, for example…
- Hiding vegetables – gives a great sense of satisfaction
- Bribery – happens. Also called ‘negotiations’
- Hummus – makes vegies palatable
- Buying in bulk – it’s like I am permanently getting ready for the apocalypse
- Kids eating in the car – I used to think ‘why would you do that?!’
- Messy, gross cars – see above
- Mini vacs – self explanatory
- Toys I didn’t play with as a kid because they were ‘boys’ toys’: Lego, paper planes, trains, cars – are actually super fun
- Sushi train – food as soon as you walk in the door and it’s like an outing (bonus!)
- My parents – I used to love them and now I love them even more
- Having a bath before bed – is actually really nice. I used to be a shower in the morning gal
- Choc chips, sprinkles, smarties and hundreds and thousands – add to snacks so kid will eat them
- Bubble bath – makes reluctant kid want to bathe
- Going to bed early – ROCKS!
- Absolutely scoffing your food – Jeff and I call it the ‘parental inhale’
- Chest freezers and big-batch cooking
- Ordering EVERYTHING online
- Drive thrus – don’t need to get out of car
- Young men – I used to be a bit scared of young men and now I look at them fondly because I imagine Leo and Clem being that age
- Paying a cleaner.
What didn’t you understand until after having a kid? Leave a comment below.