Being a mom is the best thing that ever happened to me.  I thank God everyday for my giving me healthy children and the strength to raise them to be happy, well adjusted adults. Yesterday another parent told me how polite and friendly my daughter is. Those are the days that I think I am doing it right. Then there are the days of total meltdowns (on both ends) where I just want to go back to bed and wait for the next day.

Moms are definitely different than Dads. Although my husband is a super involved dad, the majority of the day to day falls on me. I was looking through some mom things people have emailed me over the years. I wanted to share my favorite today. Happy Mother’s Day!

The Next Survivor Series

Six married men will be dropped on an island with one car and three kids each for six weeks. Each kid will play two sports and either take music or dance classes.

There is no fast food.

Each man must take care of his three kids; keep his assigned house clean, correct all homework, complete science projects, cook, do laundry, and pay a list of “pretend” bills with not enough money. In addition, each man will have to budget in money for groceries each week.

Each man must remember birthdays of all their friends and relatives, and send out cards on time.

Each man must also take each child to a doctor’s appointment, a dentist appointment and a haircut appointment. He must make one unscheduled and inconvenient visit per child to the Urgent Care (weekend, evening, on a holiday or right when they’re about to leave for vacation). He must also make cookies or cupcakes for a social function.

Each man will be responsible for decorating his own assigned house, planting flowers outside and keeping it presentable at all times.

The men will only have access to television when the kids are asleep and all chores are done. There is only on TV between them, and a remote with dead batteries.

Each father will be required to know all the words to every stupid song that comes on TV and the name of each and every character on cartoons.

The men must shave their legs, wear makeup daily, which they will apply to themselves either while driving or making three lunches.

Each man will have to make an Indian hut model with six toothpicks, a tortilla and one marker; and get a 4-year-old to eat a serving of peas.

Each man must adorn himself with jewelry, wear uncomfortable yet stylish shoes, keep their nails polished and eyebrows groomed. The men must try to get through each day without snot, spit-up or barf on their clothing.

During one of the six weeks, the men will have to endure severe abdominal cramps, back aches, and have extreme, unexplained mood swings but never once complain or slow down from other duties. They must try to explain what a tampon is for when a 6-year-old boy finds it in the purse.

They must attend weekly school meetings, church and find the time at least once to spend the afternoon at a park or similar setting.

He will need to read a book and then pray with the children each night without falling asleep, and then feed them, dress them, brush their teeth and comb their hair each morning by 7:00am! They must leave the home with no food on their face or clothes.

A test will be given a the end of the six weeks, and each father will be required to know all of the following information: each child’s birthday, height, weight, shoe size, clothes size and doctor’s name. Also the child’s weight at birth, length, time of birth, length of labor, each child’s favorite color, middle name, favorite snack, favorite song, favorite drink, favorite toy, biggest fear and what they want to be when they grow up.

They must clean up after their sick children at 2:00am and then spend the remainder of the day tending to that child and waiting on them hand and foot until they are better.

They must have a loving, age appropriate reply to “You’re not the boss of me”

The kids vote them off the island based on performance. The last man wins only if he still has enough energy to be intimate with his spouse at a moment’s notice.

If the last man does win, he can play the game over and over and over again for the next 18-25 years….eventually earning the right to be called Mother!

I also wanted to add Anita Renfroe’s “Momsense” and her follow up “Dadsense”.

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