10 Things That Make Parenting So Much Easier!

For the eight millionth time, Parenting is SO HARD! But thankfully there are a few things out there making it easier... For Today's Top 10 Tuesday, I thought I would share 10 of my favorites...

1. Patience. I am so thankful for patience.  Without it I would be a sucky mother.  I didn't really have much before becoming a mother, but since… I can sit and read the same book over and over and over again, and even enjoy it.  I can diligently keep putting my toddler back in his bed 100 times a night without losing my mind. Oh, and thanks to patience, I am capable of not slapping big mouthed parents who love to offer unsolicited crap advice.

2. The Park. That place is gold! After an hour at the jungle gym of awesomeness my kid is happy, calm, and easy to put to sleep. 

3. A Partner in Crime. Every parent needs a break and a little help from time-to-time, so a great partner in crime or family/friend to step in is key. I am so thankful I have such a great partner in crime...Even if he causes trouble in the process...

4. My Blog Readers. I love you. Some of you have become dear friends. Some of you have helped me through tough times. Some of you make me feel like I am an awesome mom, and some make me feel like I am not alone when I stumble. All of you are so wonderful. Without you I would be lost some days, especially on the ones I need encouragement and support. Thank you.

5. My Apple. My computer is my window to the world. Sometimes I feel like it is a time machine that takes me away to far away place, which is epic, because sometimes I desperately need that. 

6. The DVR. Having all of Ollie's favorite shows ready to play is EPIC! When I need a break, on comes Mickey Mouse.

7. A Sense Of Humor. Thank God I can laugh at myself and my kid. I can't imagine always being stressed, serious and my own worst parenting enemy. 

8. Washing Machines. I'm here to tell you if I had to wash clothes by hand, we would be a naked family. The amount of laundry a toddler can make is redonkulous, then add in me and FTD... hells no I am not doing that much by hand!

9. Bribes. That's right, I said it, I bribe my kid. In fact, I bribe my kid all of the time to get him to behave, eat something, go somewhere... whatever I need, a mini M&M, hot wheel, iPhone App... will make it happen.

10.  Baby Wipes. They are, in my opinion, the greatest invention for parents, EVER! I can clean my house, my son's ass, the cats ass, the car, the shopping cart, the door knobs, my phone... there is nothing those things can't clean up!

What's your parenting lifesaver?

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