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Parenthood has it all: pride, joy, frustrations, and laughter. It is challenging and rewarding. Here are just a few of the things that I think most of us can relate to.

You know you’re a parent if….
-you could make a meal out of the crumbs in your car.
-you can easily find story time at the library by following the other mini-vans.
-you feel like you personally know Caillou, Dora, and Diego.
-you could recognize Julie Clark’s voice anywhere.
-you consider privacy in the bathroom a rare and precious occasion.

-you own any music by Laurie Berkner or Ralph’s World.
-you have ever been so thirsty that you have used your toddler’s sippy cup, in public.
-you find yourself spelling out swear words instead of saying them out loud.
-you continue to drive around even when you have reached your destination because wasting gas is better than losing a nap.
-you repeat things so often that you begin to hate the sound of your own voice.
-sleeping in is a distant memory.
-you can’t remember the last movie you saw in the theater that wasn’t rated G.
-“Happy Hour” is after the kids go to bed.
-you are thankful that “repeat play” is an option on the DVD.
-you eat lunch at 11:00 and dinner at 5:00.
-when your spouse hints about a night of “fun and games,” your first thought is Candy Land or Chutes and Ladders.
-you know what a binky, Bjorn and Bumbo are.
-you consider “good fashion” to be any article of clothing that is free from spit-up.
-the amount of vomit that comes out of a child doesn’t surprise you.
-when you get angry, you start counting loudly with no explanation. “ONE…. TWO!”
-you consider any day that you don’t get peed on, a good day.
-you know how to handle a temper tantrum with grace and poise.
-you know what the Happy Meal toy of the week is.
-you find yourself saying, “When I was YOUR age…”
-you know how important it is that every cupcake has THE SAME amount of sprinkles.
- Goldfish crackers, Teddy Grahams and fruit snacks are staples on your weekly grocery list.
-you think the person that replaced shoelaces with Velcro on kids’ shoes is BRILLIANT.

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I don't know why I am Anonymous - but the silloutte has my hairdo - imagine that! Any Anonymous is Tammie Ruby

November 22, 2009 - 4:59pm
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Does this bring back memories! I really miss the days when they were little. Some of these still applies to Randie and Nick. Now I am dealing with pre-teen stuff, like youtube, mtv, Wii, Nintendo DS, and of course PS3. They still are always around (along with the entire neighborhood), but I love every minute of them growing up and branching out. I enjoy your articles. Love, Tammie

November 22, 2009 - 4:58pm
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