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Monday, 26 November 2012 08:59

Can You Pat Your Head and Rub Your Belly?

When I was a kid, it used to be some sort of braggable accomplishment to be able to pat your head and rub your belly at the same time. 

I'll admit I still feel a little bit like I'm somehow a better person because I have always been able to do this :)

I have decided that this is a useful parenting skill.  Really. As a parent, you may someday be required to pat the back of one child while rubbing the back of another.

For example:

One child is an infant who occasionally requires someone to swaddle them, hold them at exactly a 12 degree angle while patting their back at 96 beats per minute while standing on one foot and bouncing around in a circle in order to fall asleep or even stop crying. Ok, the last two are slight exaggerations...

The other child is a toddler who has always had 'poop issues', and now requires a parent to cuddle them while they are pooping and to have their back rubbed repeatedly in a downward motion.  Also, the toddler is potty trained, so keep in mind this takes place with the toddler on her floor potty while the parent is squatting next to it.

Now, imagine that one parent has to fulfill both of these roles. That was me the other day, and I couldn't help but be grateful for the ability to rub my belly and pat my head at the same time.

 

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