There is an antiloper in our kitchen. Three of them, actually.
And that is why I'm so glad for the Ikea Antilop!
Warning: Can be messy.
Because when you have triplets who have started eating in high chairs you have three things: Expenses; messes; and more messes. The Antilop knocks out all three. At $25 its affordable, even when buying 3. Made of simple plastic its easy to put together, easy to take apart, and super easy to clean. Did I mention that feeding triplets is messy?
The holidays are over. It only seems like life is over.
There is a solid three month period where holidays of various degrees are hitting you one-two-three style. You have Halloween, which takes some of the sting out of the cooling temperatures and the disappearance of summer. You have Thanksgiving, with rare foods and the promise of Christmas.
Then you have a month of prepping and joy for Christmas. You are so busy, you hardly notice how cold it has gotten. And this year it got pretty darn cold. And then Christmas itself. My wife and I take a week off between Christmas and New Years, so we have that.
Its a period so full of life. And then the aforementioned NYE - when the cold decided to take it up a notch.
With triplets, its a little like being shot out of a cannon and taking three months to land.
But when you land, you land firmly in what I call the Dark Months.
There are no more holidays. Yes, I realize MLK and Presidents Day are in January and February, and yes, I know…
A couple months ago I posted about a push up challenge, and at the risk of pushing this blog into a self-help section, I'm going to post something else that I really enjoy that I think might help a reader or two (all two of you!).
Lifehacker.com currently runs what it calls "Mid-Week Meditations," which is a short story on some piece of ancient wisdom. Oooohhhhhhh, its ancient. Just so you know, I'm not one to fall for the whole "ancient" is best meme.
But this is legit good stuff. They take a quote or concept from a philosopher in the past - think Marcus Aurelius - translate what the sometimes mumbo jumboish phrase means, and then kind of detail how you can apply it.
One thing I love about the series is that it doesn't dress up the knowledge too much. It doesn't make it out to be more than it is, or suggest that its great simply because some Greek guy said it 2,000 years …
You do a thing you think is great - look, I've set very strict guidelines that will make my kid a super adult and prepare them for the world - and all you do is instill them with the thought that you never let them have fun and kept them from being able to adjust to the world as it is.
OTOH, you give them no rules and be their friend, and they long for you to have given them direction and guidance and pushed them so that they didn't end up with no skills and a habit of laying around on a couch all day.
It is really the ultimate no win situation in a game that feels incredibly important to win. As a result, I'm hesitant to give hard and fast advice on how to parent a specific child.
But there is one piece thing I think we parents need to stop doing across the board: stop telling kids they are "perfect the way they are."
This is also a tricky, mine filled field to traipse through, because honestly, self esteem requires that we like who…