Now that I am on my third child, I feel I've learned a thing or two.
First off, too much t.v. really does rot their brains. Just try and get a kid to focus after a few days of vegging out.
Without water, sandboxes are just plain boring. Think about it. Would you want to play in the middle of a desert?
Babies cry for a reason. They're hungry or tired or they have gas or maybe they're just bored, but they don't just cry because they are babies.
"Sleep when the baby sleeps" is advice that only works for a mother of one.
Clean sheets are more important than matching sheets.
But over-used and dirty kitchens are superior to those that are underutilized and crystal clean.
It's a godly thing to give children gifts for no reason.
You don't have to yell to be heard.
Knickknacks are good for one reason and one reason only: providing your children opportunities to learn from breaking them.
The amount a child will enjoy a toy is directly proportional to what you spend (or don't spend) on it. Meaning that if it costs a fortune, they will use it once and then throw it down. If they found it on the ground, they will play with it all day.
Bible verses like "turn the other cheek" weren't just given for dealing with rude strangers and demanding bosses. They apply even more frequently to husbands and wives and parents and children.
And most importantly, cupcakes actually do taste better with sprinkles.