Welcome to this week’s #MyFiveThings! Now many of you who follow me on Twitter know that my number one call to action when the s*** hits the parenthood fan is to send or eat cake, so you can imagine how much I utterly loved this submission from El at Agent Spitback when I saw the subject header – 5 Parenting Cake Secrets??? Genius! In case you don’t know it already El’s mission is “To Make Parents Spit out their Cake Crumbs laughing, one blog post at a time”. And so without further ado, let’s hand over to El who is about to blow the lid off her 5 Parenting Cake Secrets – the best bit of parenting advice I’ve heard in a long while!
Under the promise of UK’s best confectionary treats and a baking tryst with Jamie Oliver, I have agreed to release #MyFiveThings – 5 Parenting Cake secrets from my expert observation on the Spitback Tribe. I have never said “No” to a challenge about writing about children or cake, my two favourite topics of all time. So you can imagine my excitement exploded off the Richter Scale when I was told that I could write about BOTH.
1. A Child is like a slice of cake
Chocolate, Carrot, Banana, Black Forest Marble, Vanilla, Butter – there are so many flavours but each one is so delicious on its own terms. They’re so different but easy to love. They are all different but still the same – cake, just like children.
2. Raising a child is like baking a cake
You have your basic ingredients but what you put into your cake will determine the end result. Chocolate chips? Strawberries? Too much salt? Too much yeast? Forgot the eggs? What you do or don’t do as a parent will impact your child growing into the adult he/she will become.
3. Parenting styles are like cake recipes
There is more than one way to bake a cake. You may be allergic to nuts, fruit, egg, and milk or intolerant to gluten and so you look for good substitutes or you think of another recipe. Similarly, there is more than one way to raise a child and not one way is any better than the other.
Is baking better than leaving it in the fridge? Do you stir or whip? Do you use an electric mixer or by hand? Some may choose not to breastfeed, some may choose controlled crying, some may choose to home school, some may choose to use baby sign language, some may use cloth diapers, some may use disposable and some may use elimination communication but one is not any better than the other.
4. Parenting is like having a slice of cake…
…best shared and served with a cup of coffee. There’s nothing better than sharing a slice of cake with a friend as you talk and laugh. Similarly, parenting is best enjoyed as an adventure with company. You can’t parent alone. You need a community. Just like you feel guilty and ashamed when you eat cake by yourself in your toilet (not me!), you’ll feel anxious, worried and guilty if you parent alone. Parenting, like cake, is best served with a side of friendship and family. And of course, with lots of coffee too!
5. Cake is medicine
Remember the most important secret, cake is a magical cure for all parenting challenges. It can cure temper tantrums, over-tiredness, boo-boos, crankiness, and all of the don’t wannas. It is the absolute medicine for ALL PARENTS. Perfect for your temper tantrum when you realize that the diaper that is on special is all sold out before you could even get one packet! Where is the Diaper Sale Police when you need them? Probably, out having cake, of course.
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Don’t forget to stay tuned to next week’s edition which will be featured over on Mama Mim’s blog here!