Ready? Here you go:
2. Having dishes in the sink.
3. Bottle feeding.
5. When the kids have a melt down in the store.
6. Whatever diapering choice you make.
7. Serving breakfast for dinner.
8. Serving leftover dinner for breakfast.
9. Birthday parties (if you do one – that’s a gold star there.)
11. Getting coffee.
12. Going through the Starbucks line.
13. Going through the Starbucks line twice.
14. Having difficulty turning the jumbo cart.
15. Asking for wipes to sanitize the cart.
16. Vaccine choices.
17. Educational choices.
18. Decor choices.
19. The time you yelled at your kids (wait, say sorry, but don’t hold onto guilt.)
20. Ordering fast food.
21. Your kid’s food allergies. (never, never, never)
23. Staying at home.
24. Working part time.
25. Not volunteering enough.
26. For trying to do the impossible.
27. For not getting everything done.
28. For asking a question.
29. For sleeping in a bit late.
30. For missing the phone call/text/message.
31. For not having time to do a new project.
32. For having Legos everywhere or stepping on Legos (okay maybe an empathy sorry here).
33. For crying over spilled milk.
34. For not having organic milk.
35. For not having all the laundry folded.
36. For rushing through the day.
37. For losing the paperwork.
38. For things totally out of our control. Like weather. Out of our control.
39. For your child not cooperating at the doctor’s office.
40. For your child not cooperating at the doctor’s office when they want to stick a stick down their throat.
41. For the wait at the Pharmacy.
42. For runny noses.
43. For needing help.
44. That our kids use electronics.
45. For not returning the dishes from a delivered meal promptly. (love disposable)
46. For being sad.
47. For not having treats in the house. Or for having treats.
48. For just being frank.
49. For spending too much time on the computer.
50. For taking time for ourselves.
51. For spending money.
52. For being sick. (oh my word, this one. . . like we can help being sick)
53. For hiding chocolate.
54. For correcting the sales total.
55. That you don’t like dinner.
56. That the noodles are mushy.
57. For calling right now and bothering you.
58. For not being able to say what you want to say.
59. For not posting the pics from whatever event in time.
60. For any type of bodily fluid that leaves a child’s body and gets on anyone else.
61. For stains on the walls.
62. For handprints on the windows.
63. That the toys in the yard aren’t put away.
64. That you didn’t send Christmas cards.
65. For saying “I’m sorry”
66. For saying “I’m sorry for saying ‘I’m sorry.’ ”
67. For my marriage. Or relationship. Or whatever state you’re in.
68. For not being a good friend.
69. That you cannot eat that sugary cereal.
70. For taking a nap.
71. For not resting when the baby was rested.
72. For watching television.
73. Eating out.
74. Using pain meds during childbirth.
75. Asking questions at the doctor’s office.
76. That the kids are tired.
77. For being tired.
78. For being in pj’s at three pm.
79. For any appearance thing. Any. All of them.
80. For asking for the volume to be turned down on anything.
81. That you don’t parent the way others think you should.
82. For your packed lunch that is rather boring.
83. For bumping into you at the store. Or any accidental bump. ***edited to add — this one has created many questions — it’s not that you don’t apologize for bumping into someone it’s when you’re out and someone totally bumps into you without realizing you’re there and you apologize for simply being in the way versus simply saying all good? or it’s okay. I would never endorse rudeness. There’s no joy there.
84. Asking questions.
85. Not decorating enough or trendy enough or for the rip in the couch or faded curtains.
86. For being overprotective.
87. For saying “no” to letting the kids see that movie.
88. For not doing treat bags.
89. For not letting you hold the baby.
90. For making you wash your hands before you hold the baby.
91. For canceling the playdate because your kids are sick.
92. For taking too long at checkout.
93. That dinner isn’t ready yet. Or lunch. Or breakfast.
94. For asking for help with the kids.
95. That you have to do chores. Or homework.
96. That we cannot afford that right now.
97. For not finishing the to-do list.
98. For being lonely.
99. For our emotions.
100. For just being real.
Like really listen and believe this ->
Real is awesome.
Real makes mistakes. Real falls down. Real tries again.
The real you?
That is beautiful.
And never something to be apologized for. ~Rachel
And if you’re interested -> here’s the list on Facebook on the Finding Joy page. Thank YOU for sharing and for helping me build this list. I appreciate the dialogue.