Take The Plunge

In today’s world you can get child-rearing advice, solicited or otherwise, from a multitude of sources. Books, family, internet, friends, magazines, parenting groups, blogs. Googling the topics of babies and parenting returns an abundance of information, good and bad, controversial and conservative, new age and traditional.

Most questions have no definitive answers and opinions differ based upon who you talk to. To breast feed or not? When is the right age for potty training? Who should be in the delivery room? Cloth diapers or disposable? What’s the right pre-school? Should my baby take swimming lessons? How should grade-schoolers handle bullies? How much TV is too much?

There is one piece of advice that I have yet to see in print, despite the fact that it is cheap and easy, saves time and costs, and there are zero drawbacks to heeding this one simple tip. Especially if you are the parent of boys. Here it is.

Toilet plungers.

Buy one for every bathroom in your house. Store it in a place that is accessible in the midst of a plumbing emergency. Like a fire extinguisher, you don’t want to go searching for it when you need it.

If you’re not already equipped, do this today. Someday you’ll thank me.

© Jennifer Alys Windholz, 2010

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