Friday, June 03, 2005

Father Friday - Parental lessons learned from "The Dirty Dozen"

It's time once again for another Father Friday. But first, here's some news about the mother.

The swelling in the legs and feet has become horrible. It's painful to stand and walk. The doctor said he could prescribe medicine to reduce the amount of fluid, but he's hesitant to do so. He said he would be more inclined to do it if it was a single pregnancy, but he doesn't like the idea of using the meds with multiples. Also, a rash has started appearing on the mother's legs. It's really itchy. The doctor said it was common during pregnancy and has prescribed an ointment that should help it.

Now another "tongue-in-cheek" Father Friday post. I was watching one of my favorite movies recently - "The Dirty Dozen". I've read articles and books on parenting multiples and how it can be difficult at times - much more difficult than a singleton (what a surprise). As I watched this movie, I thought maybe I could apply some of the lessons from the movie to being a parent of multiples. If you've seen the movie, you'll certainly know what I'm talking about. So here are the parental lessons I gleaned from the movie.

The children aren't always as bad as they appear to be.
Sometimes it's best to let them sort out their differences without getting involved.
Don't ever lose faith in them or give up on them.
You'll always be amazed at what they can accomplish.
Even if it sometimes doesn't seem like it, they really do care for each other.
In the end, they'll be there for each other.
Children are very resourceful.
Set a good example and they'll follow your lead.

1 comment:

Alice said...

How did you become so wise? I'm impressed!
Let me know if I can do anything for the little mama.