Let’s just say that a certain wife, a very organized and seasoned professional wife/mother/domestic engineer, had plans on a Saturday, leaving a certain husband in charge.
What if this wife offered a few suggestions to make this husband’s job of caring for two children easier and more efficient? Having lots of experiences with trial and error, she’d figured out the best procedures to complete the daily tasks related to childcare.
Situation 1: Diaper Changes
Soon after Carson is awake, he needs a diaper change. (As in: as soon as he’s out of his crib.) He will fuss and vehemently deny a wet diaper, but it must be changed nonetheless. If the diaper isn’t changed, you’ll find a giant pee mark on the sofa (making more work later).
When Carson protests later on in the morning about needing another diaper change, it’s just easier to bring a diaper and the wipes to wherever he’s playing and change him there.
Situation 2: Breakfast
Carson eats out of the yellow bowl because it’s sides are high enough that he can actually scoop cereal onto his spoon rather than all over the table and floor (making more work for later.)
He prefers to eat off of the green spoon, but not the green spoon with yellow dots. The plain green spoon. If you give him a red or purple spoon, he’ll yell (LOUDLY) and throw the spoon of the floor (making more work for later).
Carson likes Honey Bunches of Oats (1/3 of a bowl…no more than that, it’ll just go to waste) and a tiny bit of Kashi Go Lean Crunch. He also gets half of a banana, sliced bananas on his cereal. Eventhough he used to eat bananas without slicing them, now he won’t. If you just give it to him without slicing it, he’ll smear it on the table and get banana between his fingers and eventually in his hair (making more work for later).
Ella gets 3 tablespoons of oatmeal mixed with the remaining half of Carson’s banana, mashed well with a fork. If it’s really dry, mix in 1 ounce of formula. You can make just one ounce by mixing just 1/2 scoop of the powder and 1 ounce of water. Use the water from the refrigerator since it’s filtered. It’s really easy to measure an ounce of water in the blue (or purple) Gerber cup.
Situation 3: Loading the dishwasher
The kids’ utensils go in the basket on the top rack. If they’re put in the basket on the bottom rack, they’ll fall out during the wash cycle (making more work for later).
The bowls go in the back of the top shelf. If they are put in the front part of the rack, they flip over during the wash cycle and don’t get washed properly. There ends up being dirty dishwater and nasty food chunks in the bowl (making more work for later).
Situation 4: Getting dressed
Don’t ask Carson what he wants to wear! He’ll change his mind about thirty trillion times and throw a mongo fit. Just pick out an outfit and put it on him.
The clothes on the right sides of both of their closets are the ones that fit, not the clothes on the left side. Those are too big.
Incredibly helpful suggestions? A certain husband would benefit from and appreciate these ideas.
Nagging and maniacal? A certain wife has deep seeded control issues.
(I’m not saying that a certain wife actually offered these suggestions, this scenario is purely hypothetical.)