Today was one of those typical parenting moments where I wanted the toilet and was accompanied by J who has taken on the role of ‘toilet manager’.
He’s more than just a monitor who keeps check on where I am and what I’m doing. J will select a cream from the cabinet and rub it on my legs and arms…I daren’t say no as it leads to emptying said cabinet which is a struggle I just can’t be bothered to deal with at 6am!
Once he’s finished taking control of my skincare routine J will push me off the toilet (his way of telling me to get up, not just randomly being mean to me). I am usually done by then thankfully, but there is the odd time that I have to ask the manager for a deadline extension, haha.
Once I am up, J will give me a clap and a smile, and then flush the toilet and close the lid…usually several times as he likes the noise it makes when it slams.
Once my ‘toilet manager’ is satisfied that this part of the day is complete then we can both leave the bathroom and go on with our day.
Lately, J has become my style guru (pulling all the clothes out of the drawers), his own stylist (pulling all his clothes out the wardrobe) and my bodyguard. He follows me everywhere and has to get involved in everything.
I admit I am secretly loving it. I love that he wants to be with me, I love that we have these little routines and I love that I am part of that motherhood memory where I can later say “oh yes I remember when I couldn’t even go to the loo without him being there’. It’s like a right of passage.
With J having his additional qualities that make him a challenge at times, it can be such a great feeling to have the ‘normal’ parenting issues. So, I have a Toilet Manager and am proud.
How many of you Mums and Dads are able to go to the toilet without your cheer leaders, or do you have your own Toilet Managers? What other ‘rights of passages’ did you enjoy or look forward to?x
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