Top Ten Skills You Acquire as a Mother

As Mother’s Day approaches, we give you our first Two Peds in a Pod “Top Ten List.” 

Top Ten Skills You Acquire as a Mother

     10)  Not being completely grossed out by another person’s poop.

 9)  Ability to sense the “moment before the vomit” and to hustle your child to the nearest garbage can or toilet before it’s too late.

 8)  Ability to lick your own finger and then use it to clean a smudge completely off your child’s face.

 7)  Ability to get through a day (after day after day) after one (or many) completely interrupted night’s sleep.

 6)  Willingness to show up at work or just go out in public with dried spit-up on your shoulder.

 5)  Ability to use your “momometer” by touching or kissing your child’s forehead to tell if he has a fever (with fair degree of accuracy!).

 4)  Ability to see through walls in order to tell that your child did not wash his hands after using the bathroom.

 3)  Ability to see directly behind you to know that your child is getting into trouble.

 2)  Ability to wield the Magic Kiss that can make any and all boo-boos better.

 1)  Ability to love more than you ever thought possible, and the ability (finally) to understand just how much your mother loves you.

Rejoice in your abilities!

Happy Mother’s Day from Two Peds in a Pod.

Julie Kardos, MD and Naline Lai, MD
©2010 Two Peds in a Pod

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  • Reply GeorgiaPed May 3, 2010 at 1:18 am

    Ability to catch your own child’s vomit in your hand, but ignore somebody elses child throwing up. Advance the skill of not asking questions you know the answer to (eg “what were you thinking?” when there clearly was no higher level thinking going on, or asking your 4 year old “is that my lipstick you’re wearing?!”) as well as not asking questions you don’t want the answer to (eg “who didn’t flush the toilet?”)

  • Reply Cathy Sorace May 3, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    Loved it! Happy Mothers Day to you too!

  • Reply Robin May 13, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    Nice Julie! Thanks for sharing it with me.

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