Wisdom gathered from little ones

What I didn't know until I had kids ...

What I didn't know until I had kids ...

l How many seconds it takes to microwave four fish fingers perfectly.

l Who John Jacob Jingle Heimershmitt is.

l How to change a nappy in the dark, in a parked car, on a standing child and all of the above simultaneously.

l Which lines of The Cat in the Hat and If I Ran the Circus can be skipped without a child noticing.

l How bright a 3am full moon is.

l The design marvels of hooded towels, Velcro-strap shoes and mitten clips.

l Locations of public rest rooms all across town.

l Why anyone would bother retracing their steps for miles just to retrieve a lost blanket.

l That tigers live in the trees in our backyard.

l The amazing technicolour variety of infant stool.

l How to open a van door while bobbling two lunch boxes, two extra coats, purse, nappy bag and a baby.

l The fine art of vacuuming a floor without hosing up a Barbie shoe or a Play mobile cannonball.

l That solid white socks get lost in the dryer at a much slower rate than do the mates of patterned socks that coordinate to special outfits.

l How little sleep a human body truly needs to function.

l Almost every Disney lyric ever penned.

l How to spell amoxicillin, let alone say it.

l That one can never own too many sippy cup lids or refrigerator magnets.

l Scientific names of dinosaurs from A to Z.

l That reverse psychology really works.

l The recipe for a home-made version of Play-doh.

l That Duplo and Lego blocks procreate in the night.

l The distinctive sounds of Cheerios crunching underfoot.

l Why they call them Happy meals.

l How far you can dilute juice and still retain it's taste.

l That man (or child anyway) really can live on peanut butter alone.

l That gender inequality starts early in clothing. Boy's underpants have a wide band on top, while the waistband and leg holes on girls' look the same, increasing the odds that she'll pull 'em on tangles or upside down.

l That the more my kids learn, the less I seem to know.

l And the one I wanted to add. How much you could love one human being! - Inspired Living