Not so many years ago, Ian and I knew exactly how we were going to parent children. We had all the answers, were full of opinions, and certainly had some rules set that we knew we would always abide by.
Then we became parents.
And we realized that it wasn't quite as straightforward as we had believed.
Take for instance makeup.
With the exception of lip gloss and nail polish (little girlie colors of course) our girls would not be wearing makeup out in public until the teenage years.
Until last week when I took my five year old shopping for makeup that would compliment her skin tone.
She had after all both sincerely thanked Jesus that she would be brave for her visit to the "polka dot doctor" and showed her vulnerable side by breaking down in tears at the thought of classmates laughing at her when they saw her dots for the first time.
Yes, I could have kept her out of school for days until the little, round bruises faded. She is after all reading and writing at a mid-first grade level by now. Missing a week of kindergarten wasn't going to set her back.
But have I mentioned that she likes, no, make that really likes...heck...call it loves school?
And this week there were activities like painting with food dye tinted ice cubes, making ice cream in class, and most importantly, a kindergarten parade to celebrate the school's Letterland Day.
So off to the world of concealer and foundation we went.
That makes something like 437 pre-set rules of the M parent code broken.
But seeing Fix it Max and Lucy Lamplight all suited up Friday morning, full of smiles and ready to go was TOTALLY worth it.
Of course just seeing "the twins" suited up wasn't quite enough. Ian, Daniel and I just had to go watch the fun.
Fix-it-Max was happy to see us.
But Lucy Lamplight?
That mega-watt smile made breaking the rules completely worthwhile!
But we're holding firm on the "no dating until they are 25"...