I have learned an amazing number of new skills in the past 11 years of being a parent. I am now an expert at cutting crusts off sandwiches, tying double knots on tennis shoes and even getting pesky grass stains out of jeans.
But the one skill I just can’t seem to master no matter how hard I try is the ability to be in two places at the same time.
When the kids were small, it always seemed that someone needed me to change a diaper while the other one was having a blast taking all of the spices out of the cabinet. And I never could figure out how to simultaneously get a nutritious meal on the table and successfully occupy two little ones without someone (usually me) ending up in tears.
Now that the years of tying shoes and spoon feeding are in the past, I have realized that I have a new version of the exact same problem. It seems that one child needs to be across town for a sports practice at the same time that the other has an event at school.
Each day seems to require a battle plan and favors from friends just to get everyone where they need to be. I am pretty sure that this problem is only going to get worse as we move into the busy teen years. But I am thankful that at least no one needs their diapers changed.