Bookmark It: Message With A Bottle


Baby brain.  You can’t explain it to people who don’t have children – it’s a phenomenon only parents can understand.  You’re sleep deprived, you’re busier than ever, you’ve got a whole new set of skills to teach and potential disasters to avert.  No wonder you can’t remember anything!  One new Dad has found a way of overcoming that dastardly mental deficiency: he leaves himself notes all over the house, reminding himself “what to do, and sometimes more importantly, what not to do when raising a child.”

Stay-at-home-Dad Chris Illuminati, author of the book A**holeology: The Science Behind Getting Your Way, created a Tumblr site featuring photos of the post-its he uses to keep himself sane.  His notes-to-self are less how-to’s and more often commentary about parenting itself, full of humor and heart.  Here are a few of my faves:

Mad props for complimenting the old lady, son!

As the mother of a 4-year-old girl, I’ll admit that my definition of “need” has softened over the years.  Two weeks ago I was completely convinced that my daughter absolutely had to have a new set of Little Miss Matched knee socks.  I mean, stars, hearts and polka dots in rainbow colors are essential for brain function, no?  (What can I say?  It’s the little things that make parenting fun.  And I’m a sucker for a sale.)

Finally, one every parent can wholeheartedly relate to:

Something our kids will probably all start saying to us when they turn 16.

Follow Message With A Bottle on Tumblr, and while you’re at it, you can follow my Tumblr, Wisdom of a 4-Year-Old, too.