There are a number of things I've taught my children over the years -- the standard do's and don'ts that any parent might imagine. Look both ways before you cross the street. Don't talk to strangers. Say please and thank you. Don't play with matches. You know, normal things.
But with 14 years of parenting under my belt, it appears that there are a number of things I forgot to teach them. And the list is growing daily. Here are just a few things I realized I forgot to mention:
- You can't take goldfish for walks.
- Even though the afterschool special may show children taking care of an egg to prepare them for parenthood, you can't do that. Especially not if you're going to put the egg in your jewelry box and forget about it for a month.
- The little sugar test kit that your diabetic friend has is not for you to "try out."
- If you give Barbie a haircut, it doesn't grow back.
- Frozen dinners are supposed to be put in the freezer.
There are dozens, really, and someday, I'll remind my daughters that they should tell their own children these things ahead of time.
What did you forget to tell your children before it was too late?