July 2, 2008

TT #68


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13 things every single parent should know.

1. This too shall pass.

2. What doesn't kill us, makes us stronger.

3. Children live what they learn so chose your partner wisely.

4. Yes, teenagers really can eat that much.

5. No, the Visine isn't for allergies and they aren't holding it for a friend.

6. Ask questions if you want to know whats going on with your child.

7. Believe your gut instinct.

8. If your teen tell's you they are going someplace, have them call from a land line so you can check the number on caller ID.

9. Not all men are jerks.

10. If you don't like the first date, move on. Don't bother with a second. It doesn't get better.

11. Its OK to cry.

12. Be honest with your kids. If you cant afford it, tell them.

13. Some day you will look back at your trials and smile because you survived.

28 comments:

Bubba said...

You have an INCREDIBLE list! I love it!

Happy TT!

Di said...

OK...now I'm sure that I'm quite naive. What's with the visine?

sobeit said...

Smart list and very honest! Happy TT!


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Lori said...

Well Di....when you have a teen that smokes pot, they usually carry Visine in their pocket so they dont get busted. Ive washed many loads of clothes and came across quite a few containers of Visine with my oldest. Nope, its not for allergies.

Carol said...

Looking forward to #14. Living a lot of the others.

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

I don't think that this is a list ONLY for you single moms.

Allison Says said...

What a great list. I think that's true for all people! Most of those are true for me, even though I'm not a single parent.

Happy TT!

SandyCarlson said...

Great advice, Lori. No. 7 is truer than true. Why do we fight it so often? God bless.

shaunesay said...

I had no idea about the visine! I don't have kids yet, and I'm afraid they'd be too smart for me! LOL!

Thanks for the visit last week, and sorry I am so late returning them!

Happy TT!

poppingbubbles said...

This is a great list for ALL parents. Well done!

Pamela Kramer said...

LOLOLOL - Love this post and you are so right about the visine! I love your WW post too. That cracked me up! Happy TT and thanks for stopping by.

Chelle Y. said...

You always give such great advice, and it makes me feel better after I read it. I feel like I am not alone in the "Single Mom Raising a Son" world.

bernieg1 said...

Great list, mine is up at 13 Not So Famous Last Words; Most Americans die peacefully in their beds, but for those who die violently one can only guess what their final words must have been. I think that after you read these you will have to agree that they do indeed sound like they might have been the last words of those who did not go peacefully into the night.

forgetfulone said...

Wish I'd read this before I remarried. Who knows. I could be single again in the not too distant future. Love the Visine comment.

Michelle said...

Such a true to life list. #3 is a good rule to follow. My parents were divorced when I was 7 and I really believe I followed the #3 rule. I did choose wisely and it took me a while to get married. Great TT!!

Bellezza said...

And, as my mother always said, "Courage grows strong in a wound."

B Boys Mom said...

Many of these are for any parent. Great list. Happy TT

storyteller said...

Great list! Many are ‘right on’ for EVERYONE … not just parens. I love #1, 2, 7 & 11 especially. Thanks for sharing.
Hugs and blessings,

The Gal Herself said...

#5 was my favorite. I used to think it was funny until I realized how many kids try it, and how many moms actually buy it! (Thanks for visiting my TT.)

And a special happy 4th to you and every other armed forces mom.

ireadbannedbooks.net said...

FANTASTIC!

As a middle school disciplinarian, I wish every parent knew these things. I cannot tell you the number of times I have told a parent that their kid is on drugs or pregnant.

If you want to see my hormonally enhanced PMS = Promoting More Smiles edition, come on by.

Open Grove Claudia said...

Every child would be so lucky to have a Mom like you. You really do a fabulous job!

Happy TT!

Robin said...

I have to admit #5 made me burst out laughing. Not that I'd know anything about that of course...

Lazy Daisy said...

I enjoyed your list...thanks for explaining the Visine (who would have guessed?) Sounds like some excellent wisdom.

Jenny McB said...

Something very sad just happened in Vermont and I don't think that single mother chose her partner wisely.

Beyond that, this is a list for all parents. The thing that my friends and I find amusing about children is that the kids think we are stupid and that we weren't teenagers also.

My boys don't like that I check up, but you have to...it's our job.
Happy Fourth!!

marcia said...

you are always making folks feel comfortable

Karen of Sillymonkeez said...

We are so already practicing #12 with our 4yr old. He should be use to it by the time he's a teenager. LOL!!

Tink said...

I'll send this to my friend, who is a single parent. Good list!
Thanks for visiting my TT about Belgium.

annbruce said...

LOL. I still eat that much!