My 2-year old and I went to Les Schwab a few weeks ago to get my tires rotated. They were pretty busy and we ended up being there for about an hour and a half. We had all the time in the world to eat free popcorn, touch every single tire in the place, play hopscotch using all the tiles in the store, dig Amazing Airplanes out of my purse and read it 172 times, talk about our day, watch the cars go up and down on the lift, play Follow the Leader, go to the bathroom 18 times.
Apparently, Les Schwab brings out the best parenting skills I can muster? No. What happened is that I wasn’t worried about anything else. I was literally forced to play. There was no laundry, there were no emails to answer, no dishes to be washed, no dinner to be made. Alright, there technically was, but since we weren’t at home to do any of those things, my son had my undivided attention.
At home, I’m all like Do NOT flush that down the toilet and I only have time for 27 books today, the 28th will have to wait and What in the world did I just step in and Please tell me that is just water on the floor and Why is your brother covered in stickers and I SWEAR I just put the blankets back on your bed, why are they on the floor and So help me if you push your brother down! Oh now you’ve done it, but I’m too tired to discipline you and How many times do I have to tell you not to use that word and No, I can’t race cars down the driveway because the pile of unfolded laundry is threatening to come to life and WHY IS YOUR BROTHER IN THE MIDDLE OF THE STREET WITH NO CLOTHES ON.
I try every day to ignore the things that need to be done and just sit down and play, but I’m not very good at it. There is always something calling from the next room. Wash me, feed me, clean me, vacuum me, blog about me. Getting out of the house and away from the distractions might be the best thing that we’ve ever done. Maybe we should run our errands during the busiest time of day all the time.
I guess I could have been all annoyed and frustrated that the darn errand took so long, and I was for about two seconds, but then I let myself enjoy it. Toddlers can find awesomely fantastic fun just about anywhere, even at Les Schwab. It’s just not that often we let ourselves come down to their level.
Here’s to a few Les Schwab parenting moments in your life. Cheers.
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