10 Parenting Truths from The Simpsons
I'm a diehard fan of old school Simpsons episodes and find myself referring back to classic quotes over and over again in my life as a parent. Here are the Top 10 Simpsons quotes that have turned out to not only be extremely accurate, but pretty helpful pieces of advice too!
1. Of course everything looks bad if you remember it!
We have all had bad parenting moments, but dwelling on them doesn’t help anybody. If I spend too much energy thinking about my past mistakes I know I'll risk missing out on moving forward and creating more positive memories with my kids. Nobody is perfect and you're probably doing a better job than you think. Don't waste time beating yourself up for the not so great stuff!
2. What’s the point of going out? We’re just going to end up back here anyway!
Parents need a break every now and then and a date night is the perfect way to reconnect and feel human again. But you know what’s even better? Sending the kids away for the night and being in your own house alone! Staying home is totally underrated but since having kids my husband and I have found that enjoying our own home in peace and quiet is ideal for recharging and reconnecting.
3. Purple is a fruit.
Some of us are blessed with fruit and veggie loving kids and some of us aren’t. Raising two kids in the same food environment with two very different results is all the proof I need that everyone has different likes and dislikes no matter what you do. Some days you’ll hit that 5-10 servings with ease and some days the filling in a jelly donut is as good as it gets.
4. I’m so hungry I could eat at Arby’s!
On the subject of food, let’s all just agree that fast food is totally acceptable on occasion. Of course you don’t want it to be a regular thing, but some days you’re going to be tired, or sick, or just sick and tired of cooking, and your hungry kids will still need to eat. There’s zero shame in hitting the drive thru once in a while when you need a break - we do it in our house with no regrets!
5. Stupid babies need the most attention.
Of course I'm not actually calling babies stupid, but there's no denying that until they're old enough to know better, babies do some pretty stupid stuff. If we aren't paying attention they'll be swimming in the dog's water dish, sticking their finger in an electrical socket, or tumbling head first down a flight of stairs. Even with the best baby proofing you can't take your eyes off of them!
6. The lesson is, never try.
The elaborate fondant cakes and themed parties for birthdays, the carefully planned seasonal art work and activities, the professional photo sessions celebrating every milestone and holiday possible – it’s all a bit much. This isn't Pinterest, this is real life, and your kids will be just as happy with cupcakes from a mix, a cardboard box filled with tissue paper, and a couple dozen slightly blurry selfies. You really don't have to try so hard to create a magical childhood experience, I promise.
7. Now I’m lucky if I can find half an hour a week in which to get funky.
For most of us becoming a parent means leaving behind the cool person you once were and turning into a responsible child rearing adult. This can be a hard thing to accept, especially in the early years when you'll spend a lot of time wondering where the old you went. Remember that the old you is still in there and try to take the time to do something you love every day, even if only for a few minutes
8. Just because I don’t care, doesn’t mean I don’t understand.
Sometimes I just flat out don't care that my kid wants juice in his blue cup instead of his green cup. I can empathize and explain that I understand how he's feeling, but that doesn’t mean I'm actually going to take the time to switch the cup. Sometimes he needs to be gently reminded by his loving parents that the world does not actually revolve around him.
9. Oh good, the curtains are on fire!
Taking care of little people can be chaotic and overwhelming! I've learned that a sense of humour and a healthy dose of sarcasm are key to making it through the day. If you can pretend that the burnt dinner, screaming children, and over flowing toilet are totally what you had in mind for your day, then you'll be happier for it.
10. That’s it! You people have stood in my way long enough. I’m going to clown college!
We all know family comes first, but you're still allowed to have dreams too - don't be afraid to go after them! While I've been loving my time at home with the kids, it's time to start focusing on myself again too. It will be a few more years before I'm really able to get out and join the real world, but with one child in school I finally have a wee bit more time to start working towards future goals for myself.
My list of Simpsons inspired parenting advice could truly go on for pages but I'll leave it at that for now. What are some of your favourite pieces of advice from the iconic cartoon family?