I love it when our children break things whilst under my husband’s watchful eye. It means I’m not met with outrageously ridiculous questions like “Rochelle how could you let this happen? Weren’t you supervising them? What were you doing at the time?”
I detest those sorts of questions – I feel it implies that I intentionally allowed our children to destroy whatever their newest carnage is. When it should be obvious that I had my back turned for what I thought was just a quick moment.
Yes, that’s right Hubby Dear, I was not minding the kids for an instant. Perhaps something unexpected came up, maybe I needed to pee, or have a sip of water, eat- haha probably not eat, because if I were given the rare opportunity to serve myself food, guaranteed, all of your children would be piled on top of me to devour whatever was on my plate – even though they would have just eaten!
Breakages Are Guaranteed
If you’ve got a child, you’ve got potential for breakages around the house. No matter how precisely you baby proof your home, there is always room for damages! This doesn’t even account for all the spilled drinks, food and even basic kitchen staples such as flour, sugar and spices- although somehow they often creatively utilise these things in the ruination of something else.
Maybe they will decide to redecorate your walls with sharpies whilst you hang your clothes to dry, alternatively, they could decide to shorten your curtains with their safety scissors as you take the clothes in off the line.
You honestly haven’t lived until you’re concentrating on loading the dishwasher as your toddler empties a bottle of dishwashing liquid on the floor just behind you, so as you take a step back to close the dishwasher door you have an almighty slip and end up flat on your back- oh the irony! Perhaps if I were actually using that dishwashing liquid to wash the dishes it wouldn’t have happened in the first place!
Lord help you if you have more than one child! It’s like a group of little villains working effortlessly as a team against you – if only there wasn’t so much destruction one could stand back and admire their alliance.
Do children hold anything sacred? Do they understand the value of things? Televisions, iPads, laptops- you name it, they’ll break it, even if it’s things they benefit from using.
Are You Laughing?
If it wasn’t so financially draining it might even be amusing- well as long as no one gets hurt, some scenarios are still quite hilarious, albeit expensive.
Often it feels like they take what seems most valuable to us, like our makeup, our electronic devices, even home decor and then they completely and wholeheartedly destroy it, often whilst pretending to be us and use these things the way that we do!
It’s Only A THING
It helps to keep in mind that whilst these sometimes sentimental items may be valuable, they are not vital to our existence. They may cost an arm and a leg to repair or replace… but admittedly new technology is continuously being released and what an awesome excuse to be able to upgrade, even if it takes time.
… with the exception of things like my hubby’s watch… oh heavens, that broken watch cannot be replaced and to fix it after our son destroyed it is going to take quite some time to save up for! I wish it hadn’t been obliterated under my supervision though… guaranteed my hubby will be boring our grandchildren to death with stories of the time his watch was broken! That man remembers everything!
I would hang a poster of the phrase ‘kids will be kids’ on my wall, but I fear it would give them a brilliant excuse to ruin even more things around the home, so for now I will just continue to remind myself of the fact quietly in my head.
As a mother of mixed ability little ones, I feel it’s safe to say that the rate of breakages is equal across all children, they are all capable of accidentally destroying something which is meaningful to us.
Our kids Are NOT replaceable
Whilst all the things they do brazenly wreck are materialistic and often replaceable, it’s helpful to remember that our little ones aren’t! The experience of being their parent cannot be replicated and as unforgettable as the damage they cause truly is, the immense love that they provide is far greater than anything else!
Children are like mini explorers in so many ways, ones who arrive on your land and search for treasures often causing you to have faith in higher powers and sometimes not having enough fruits and vegetables just like the real explorers once did… clumsy little pirates who accidentally smash the loot instead of treasuring it!
Oh but they love you, truly they do, unconditionally! And they spark a feeling of joy bigger than anything you own ever could! They will show you what actually matters in life, as well as what really doesn’t.
Do your kids break things? Have they broken anything that you’ll always remember? Tell us in the comments below.