Monday, June 04, 2007

My personal policies

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My sister, Rachel Anne at Home Sanctuary, tagged me for a little meme. She wants to know my personal policies - not moral rules, like "Do Not Kill," I'm talking about the silly policies we impose on ourselves, like "Never eat anything you can't identify," or "Don't step on sidewalk cracks."

Hmm, since we're related, I found that several of her policies, notably, "Eat all portions of food evenly, so that you never have too much of anything left at the end," were also my own. Rats! This is the only downside of being tagged by a sister!

But I did think of a few myself. Here's a sampling:

1. Always put the toilet lid down (yes, the men and boys in your life really CAN be trained to do this, too).

2. Brush teeth first thing in the morning when you roll out of bed. Definitely don't have coffee or tea before teeth have been brushed. This is especially important for those of us with orthodontia.

3. The whole room is neat as long as there is no debris on the floor. (And its corollary, The whole house is clean if the floors are clean).

4. If you have time to clean nothing else, make the entry and the guest bathroom look good.

5. Start even a serious conversation with a little chit-chat. Or even a serious blog post =).

And since Rachel Anne did this, as an added bonus, I will include some parenting policies I USED to think I would follow before I actually became a parent (feel free to add yours, too!):

Before I had kids, I swore I would NEVER:

  1. Breastfeed in public (grrrooosss - who would DO that?).
  2. Give a toy/pacifier/Cheerio that had fallen on the floor BACK to a baby before boiling it (I had never heard of the Sixty Five Second Rule, what can I say?)
  3. Let my son grow his hair out.
  4. Have an un-potty-trained 3-1/2 year old (guess which child it was?).
  5. Give my baby candy, sweets, or McDonald’s french fries (okay, the big kids gave it to her, I swear!)
  6. Let her get her ears pierced…again.
  7. Get Nintendo.
  8. Let my kids go out of the house looking like...THAT (this one has been resurrected in a new and terrifying form as the older ones hit adolescence)!
  9. Home school.
  10. Public school.
  11. Let my child act like THAT in a store.
  12. Let a first grader play an organized sport.
  13. Have a sappy blog where I talked about my kids (this one could not have been anticipated, now, could it?).
As you can see, I've spent most of my parenting years EATING CROW. Now I know, NEVER SAY NEVER!

Okay, I'm going to tag anyone who wants to play! Seriously! Don't be shy! Just let me know and I'll link you here.

I especially want to hear from:

Lori - Queen of Dirty Laundry
QTpies7 - Our Seven QTpies
Laura - My Quotidian Mysteries
Kili - Live Each Moment


Jenn @ Knee-Deep in Munchkin Land said...

Those are great! Thanks for sharing! =) I especially love the ones about breastfeeding in public and the 5-second rule. My sister, Courtney, is disgusted every time I breastfeed Hudson is public. I keep telling her, "Just wait..."

Andrea said...

Hilarious. I love my "nevers" that I ended up doing. God has a sense of humor, I guess.

Andrea said...

oh, and your blog is NOT sappy!!!!

June Fuentes @ A Wise Woman Builds Her Home said...

What a beautiful family---you surely are blessed! I have eight and I just relish motherhood and being able to enjoy them everyday.

Elise @A Path Made Straight said...

Mmmm, crow. My favorite after-children snack.

This is a great idea! Love reading about other peoples craziness... I mean idiosyncrasies. :)

I'm with Andrea. Your blog is sap-free.

Beck said...

We always have to put the toilet lid down or our cats fall in - and I feel rude having to remind all visitors of our household policy, but I don't want my poor dumb cat to drown...

Laura said...

Yes ma'am! This looks like a mighty fun meme! :)