Several times a day, I have to make decisions. Yup, decisions. Shocking, isn't it? Do you make decisions, too? Right, then. Continue reading.
Often, I make the wrong decision, or spend too much time thinking about what decision I should make, and then, it is often too late.
Too late to avoid a meltdown from one of my children, too late to avoid hitting yet another concrete column with my car, too late to not buy yet another black sweater.
If I were to write an exam about some decisions I've made in real-life situations, I wonder how you would answer?
If the answer that you would go with is not on the list, please feel free to add your own in the comments section, as I'm sure it will be the correct answer.
1. Your 2 year old just woke up from a deep slumber at 3 a.m. He motions for you to pick him up, and you do, bringing him to your bed like usual, where he'll quickly fall back asleep again. Upon picking him up, you notice his pajama pants are wet, and that his diaper is filled with pee. What would you do?
a) Ask your baby if you can change him quickly, only to be told 'no, after, after.'
b) Stare at your child for 15 minutes deciding what to do. (I should just change him. No, he'll cry. I should, though. No, he'll wake up his brother with his screams. But really... his diaper looks so heavy! But what if I change him and it really wakes him up?)
c) Realize that it's almost morning and that the diaper can wait.
d) All of the above.
Loulou's answer: d
2. You struggle to finally change your baby's diaper at 7 a.m., after another failed attempt at 5:30 a.m. He squirms around so much, it is a nearly impossible thing to do. You:
a) Beg and plead and beg and plead with your child, and to God, to stop making this process so painful.
b) Distract him with toys and the television and chocolate.
c) Talk to him about his favourite things and his favourite stories.
d) Decide to change his diaper on your dresser, as he's standing, while he plays with your jewellery, almost losing your necklace behind the dresser, because you have no idea how else to get the job done.
e) All of the above.
Loulou's answer: e
3. You take your children to The Mud Oven, a place where breakable paint-it-yourself ceramics are sold, where people, usually over the age of three, go to paint. You select a 25 dollar bowl for your 2 year old to paint, while your 4 year old is painting a cup. Your 2 year old paints for 5 seconds, and then wants to spill the container of water into the bowl, and then run around the store touching ceramics. What do you do?
a) Say no, chase him around the store, cursing loudly, about why you thought it was a good idea to bring your 2 year old along.
b) Give in, hand him the bowl of water, and watch him spill it over the table. (He's the boss, after all!)
c) Do both.
Loulou's answer: c
This is just a smile sample of the decisions I make on a daily basis. And I wonder why I'm so stressed out all the time!
And yes, I do realize I need a Supernanny intervention.