There are downsides to parenting for sure. But then you experience one of the upsides and the madness seems not so bad after all....
Downside of Parenting #1
Mini Me has started wetting her bed all of a sudden. Motor Mouth proclaimed: "Mini Me pisses her bed. I piss my bed. We are pissing twins!" I don't ever recall our son using that language so it was pretty shocking.
Downside of Parenting #2
In his class at church, the teachers were explaining what it means to tithe (give 10% of your income to God/God's work/Church). Motor Mouth said, "I'm not gonna do that. I don't want to waste my money." Time to talk about savings, tithing, money.
Upside of Parenting #1
When talking with classmates, Motor Mouth and his friends were selecting who they were going to be on the Titanic. "I'm Jack!" claimed Motor Mouth. "I'm Rose!" claimed a girl. "I'm Jack Sparrow!!" yelled one boy. "Wrong movie, Dude" said Motor Mouth.
Upside of Parenting #2
Motor Mouth put $0.25 in a gum ball type machine and got out a ring. I decided he should try for something more masculine, so I gave him another quarter. Mini soccer ball. Score. When we got home, Motor Mouth packaged up the ring and packaged up a few toys Mini Me has not played with in awhile. When Mini Me came home, Motor Mouth surprised her with 4 wrapped presents! All his idea.
Upside of Parenting #3
Motor Mouth thinks I'm smarter than J. I fairly certain he is correct...
Upside of Parenting #4
J and I had a test of wills to see who would get out of the car to pick Mini Me up from after school care. Neither one of us wanted to do it. I dug my heals in and refused. J manipulated me with his words. When I left the car, Motor Mouth said, "I wasn't expecting that." (He was convinced I would win!)