Before any “aiming to be sane” mom leaves the house with her child(ren), her brain begins to buzz; “what do I need?” “What do they need?” “What if…?” This conversation I have with myself is a far, far cry from the conversation my mother must have had with herself when my sister and I were young. It amazes me that she was able to survive the “mom of toddlers” period without the things I now refuse live without.
1. iPad – for the love of God and the late Steve Jobs I had to put this first. This sucker has bought endless hours of “extra” time from weddings, dinners, shopping, flying, driving, and waiting anywhere, and so on. It has a special place in my purse where I once used to keep a makeup bag – ‘cause who really needs that anymore.
2. Car Potty – I can only imagine hearing the words “I have to pee” in the middle of nowhere, or even worse at the most disgusting place you could ever be. I choose the car potty over public washrooms because I clean it, only my kid uses it, and I don’t have to go on a man hunt for it.
4. Double Stroller – Would you go out with two wild animals, not on leashes, loud as hell, in a public place, to run one errand? Neither would I.
5. Priority Parking for parents with kids – I could only imagine after driving to the market making three stops at dive coffee shop washrooms for drips of pee to come out (no car potty), the endless whining and complaining going on (no car TV), to de-cage these wild animals (no double/triple stroller), to wait in a line to pay (no iPad), and the cherry on top to be you have to park miles away from the entrance and control these animals from parking lot speeders.
Three cheers for our mom’s who had to “rough it”. What can’t you “mom” without?