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Saturday, April 27, 2013

Preschool Pointers - 35: Bring Them With You


You have some adult things to do, like bring a paper to your college campus before 6 p.m., pick up some food for dinner, or run errands. You have no one to watch the kids.


Just do it. Just bring them. Tell them what you are doing beforehand, and how you need them to behave. At four, they should be able to do you a favor. Like behave. Haha.

Now, expect these errands to take you triple time, and know that you have to make the trip about them. It took us an hour to walk to and from my car on campus to drop off that paper. Every flower had to be smelled, every hill had to be run down, every new thing had to be explored. But I learned a lot about my campus that I didn't know before.

For the food? Just bring them. And do what you want, seriously. It was the last day of my semester, so I wanted a drink to celebrate. So I had one while we waited for the food. Now, I'm not advocating taking your kids to last call at a dive bar, but having a margarita at a family restaurant while you wait for your take-out is okay. No matter what that lady giving you the side-eye over there thinks.

There comes a point when you have to start treating your babies like big kids. And yeah, it will be hard at first as they get used to their new responsibility of having to act like an actual and reasonable human being. But practice makes perfect. So keep trying.



  1. Absolutely agreed! We take our four kids (all 5 and under) out to restaurants, stores, shopping, etc. My friends look at me like I'm crazy. I ask, "Who else/when else will it get done?" You definitely have to make it fun and not expect them to walk quietly and sit perfectly still, but it is manageable. And even though some times will be epic failures, you'll get better at it. And they will. And it'll be great!

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