Piece o’ Cake

Here’s a random thought I had. I mean, I guess it wasn’t that random. Arwen mentioned on Twitter that it frustrates her when a recipe marked “easy” calls for cake mix instead of ingredients, because it isn’t easy for her to get to the store for cake mix.

When Sam was a toddler, I dreaded trips to the grocery store. I had such a hard time running errands with him, and it drove me nuts because 1) I had to run errands, and 2) I believe that children should be included in normal life activities as much as possible–how else will they learn about the world?

Now that Grace is a toddler, I have no trouble at all running errands and frequently stop at multiple stores. This despite having not just a toddler but in fact twice as many children as before.

So: is it easier because there are two of them? Easier because it was Sam himself, not the fact that he was a toddler, that made things hard before? He is still with me but he is six and, although he’s still the same fun little buddy he was then, he’s a lot more helpful now.

Who knows.

P.S. See what I did with the title there? Oh, I crack me up.

4 thoughts on “Piece o’ Cake

  1. oslowe

    September 7, 2012 at 10:34am

    ………does this mean there will be cake?

  2. Annika

    September 7, 2012 at 1:29pm


    …please bring home cake.

  3. Jenn

    September 9, 2012 at 4:04pm

    Do you think it is easier because we’ve figured out how to do it? Like, I can M in and out of his carseat WAY faster now after 4 years – but early on it was all “holy hell, OUT OF THE CARSEAT?! There’d better be booze after all this!”

  4. ~zandra~

    September 14, 2012 at 7:06am

    I almost think age and maturity of the parent has something to do with it. My kids are 6 years apart, for a reason. When my oldest was 2 or 3 I was very much against a second child. There was no way I could give myself to two and that was that. But when my youngest was the same age, I was like “Sure, I could easily handle a baby right now.” I feel I’m a much better parent in my thirties than I was in my twenties. But on the other hand Jenn above mentioned experience and I think that also comes into play.
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