Look, I’ll admit that there were many things I imagined myself saying to my children before I actually had children. These ranged from but were not limited to: “Come and give me a cuddle honey,” or, “Go and get your shoes on, we’re going to the park for a family bike ride!”
However, I did not think I’d be saying the following sentence to my partner: “Hey honey, can you swing by the chemist and pick up some of those de-worming chocolate squares, yeah the ones that taste like real chocolate, yeah I’m almost certain that Jack has worms again. K, thanks, bye!”
Not only did I not picture this to be a conversation I’d have with my partner on a semi-regular basis, I could never have imagined how casual I’d become about it. But here I am, all these years later and it’s as natural to me as asking him to pick up a loaf of bread and two litres of milk on his way home from work.
As it should be. Because let’s face it, kids are revolting. No, they really are.
And believe me, it’s not from lack of trying to keep these little living, breathing germ machines clean and disease free. We try, my god how we try. But invariably, they are left to their own devices and kids, well, they are just far too busy sometimes to, you know, wash their hands or be generally hygienic.
Germs, bugs and messes are just a natural and normal fact of life. And as any parent of a child at day care, kindy or school will know, what goes around the playground will inevitably end up at home. Yet kids are going to be kids. And I don’t know about you, but I want my kids out there, digging in dirt, sharing with their friends, forgetting about the online gaming world and just exploring like we did growing up.