10 things I learned after my wife left on a business trip

My wife is currently on a week long business trip in London and left me in charge of our two children. This is what I’ve learned.

1. You have to feed your children – Wait, so let me get this straight. What you’re saying is that I have to be in charge of every single meal? Whose bright idea was it to start feeding them in the first place?

2. The iPhone is a great invention – I mitigated several tantrums and brawls by pulling up YouTube videos of dump trucks. Thank you, Stevey J and Timmy C.

3. Sand is terrible – Why do they build playgrounds with sand? There are literal sand dunes from when these kids enter the house after a trip to the park. We even have a strict “no shoes inside” policy but they still manage to bring a Sahara wind storm through the living room.

4. Holidays are hard as a solo parent – I had to do Halloween by myself, and after trick-or-treating, I had to pry the baby’s firefighter costume off of him because he believed he was an actual firefighter. I am so exhausted. Never again.

5. Grandma’s are clutch – YO shout out to all Grandmas on Earth for swooping in and pinch hitting. Definitely a life saver with point #1 too.

6. Painting is stupid – I handed each kid a paintbrush. They started painting so I was like cool, I have a quick minute to browse through Instagram while they dip and swerve on some colors. After a quick thumb scroll, I look up and the baby had painted his damn eyelids. I mean fierce, but like, how did we get here, Baby?

7. Bathing is stupid – have you ever chased a wet, naked baby down a hallway and he jukes you hard like Deion Sanders in his prime and you fall and hurt your back (and your ego)? Cool, just me?

8. Socks are stupid – The more I yelled at my daughter about putting her socks on, the less she put her socks on. The whole situation lasted 17 and a half minutes. It ended with us staring at each other—both over socks and one another. Then, after that entire ordeal, we couldn’t find her shoes.

9. Library books – they are overdue. Don’t tell the librarian or my wife.

10. Plumber – I was supposed to call him. I didn’t. Again, don’t tell my wife.

Anyway, she comes back today. At least the house is still in tact. Oh, and I found the shoes. They were buried in the sand dunes.


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ps. Shout out to all single and solo parents. You amaze and inspire me. I don’t know how you do it! 

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