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Never Run in Flip Flops

This is a blog post that I wrote last week, and never got to send off, but it seemed a shame to leave it sitting in a folder – so here you are…

“Never run in flip flops!” I have been known to say to my kids. It is common parenting wisdom that running in flip flops often leads to trips and scrapes, crying and general heartbreak.

And yet,  yesterday I found myself sprinting from the Metro station to my house in a pair of cheap rubber flip flops.

“If only my kids could see me now” I thought to myself as I overtook a group of astonished runners (I am fast – even in flip flops, and of course I looked ridiculous).  I had a good reason to be running, as I had forgotten an important appointment, but even as I justified my actions to myself in my head I kept thinking… “Just how many pieces of my own parenting wisdom have I ignored lately (cue snorts from my family)?” Hmmm, let’s see…

Never color inside the lines (one of my personal favorites – works on so many levels)
Well actually I have recently fallen in love with coloring books, and , ahem, have started making one of my own. It’s therapeutic sometimes to color inside the lines – but only if you want to.

Do not accept food from strangers – Around 5pm (the witching hour for many parents), pretty much anyone can offer me anything to eat, and I will eat it (chocolate being my preferred poison). Stress and Cookie Monster toys do strange things to a person’s appetite.

Get a good night’s sleep – Hmmpphh, I’m not even going to bother discussing that one.

Prioritize your work! – I am supposed to be getting ready for Mclean Day this Sunday, and instead I’m spending an inappropriate amount of time obsessing over a coloring book project  that is nowhere near being finished (see above).
Speaking of which…

Finish what you start – Oops. I get so excited about new projects that I have way too many pots on the boil at the same time…..which actually reminds me of a beautiful piece of advice that I have not broken…

Do what you love – See, I’m doing something right!

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