***Inspired by MamKat’s writing prompt: What have you learned from your husband about being a parent?***
My husband could seriously have his own reality TV show called “The Child Whisperer”. He’s seriously that good. It’s kind of annoying because he’s always right. Always. The only “thing” I’ve done on my own is that I taught Matthew how to ride a two-wheeler. Pretty much anything else that’s done right is because of Matt. Especially with the boys.
The number one rule he’s taught me is to be calm. He’s calm 99.9% of the time, especially when it’s really crucial to be calm. There are times I want to scream, rant or try to talk it out and Matt reminds me just to be calm. When you’re calm, the kids pay attention better, they listen better and you don’t say things you’ll regret.
His other superpower is being consistent. He always teases me that if the boys ask me 3 times I change my mind. Sadly, it’s kind of true. He’s always consistent. He never gives in. I’m working on that. When he says you have 5 minutes, the boys know they have 5 minutes. When I say 5 minutes? It maybe means 7. Or 8. Or however long you need. That’s why he can get the kids to bed in 5 minutes and it takes me 30. *Sigh*
Matt is also really good at parenting now for the future. Does the make sense? He is constantly aware of how decisions we make now will affect the type of person the kids will be in the future. I’m not sure I would have thought of it that way and definitely not as often. It makes so much sense. Even little decisions like making them pick up their stuff will have an impact on the kind of grown-ups they will be.
On top of all that awesomeness, he can teach a kid to tie his shoes in less than 5 minutes. I’m not kidding. I worked with Matthew for 2 weeks and he swooped in and had it done in 5 minutes. Did I also mention that he’s a kick ass phys ed teacher? And has no problem handling a group of 40 punk-ass kids all day? Yeah, he’s that awesome.
There are times when I wish I was the expert and could be the advice-giver. But then I smack myself upside the head for being so silly and am just thankful that I snagged such a great father for my children.
Oh and he’s hot too. 😉