Can we all agree the best stuff happens in November? You've got Thanksgiving, Christmas tree shopping, hot chocolate, pumpkin pie. But, the best part of November is the nuclear weapon of parenting--the Toys R Us wish book. I'm not even sure I know how to effectively parent the other 10 months out of the year. But, when I lay my eyes on that glorious book, I know that I can pretty much just autopilot the next two months.
"Oh, you want the Hot Wheels Ultimate Garage? Then I guess you should clean up your room."
"The karaoke machine is on your list for Santa? Well, he's watching so you need to go to bed."
"Is that whining? I didn't think so."
In June, Santa is a far away threat and they know that I'm never going to remember the pen marks on the wall. I have to resort to actually paying attention and real discipline. I wish there was an equivalent for adults. There are so many entitled jerks out there that need a Toys R Us book for them to peruse in the hopes of a reward for good behavior. I know I'd certainly be nicer to my brother if I knew there was an Apple Watch in it for me. I think we all would. Am I right?
In the meantime, I am going to enjoy these two short months of a clean house and a wishful toddler. In January, all bets are off.