- Multi-tasking: For instance, I can be on a conference call, fix the Wii, empty the family room garbage can before the ants find the Klondike bar wrappers and break up fights simultaneously.
- Sign language: I know how to say “If you fight over the fort, it’s coming down” using hand signals and angry looks through my home office window.
- Weather predicting: I can predict the rain will start within 15 minutes after Child leaves umbrella behind…somewhere. We’re not sure where.
- Footwear-sizing: I can tell Child has outgrown his soccer cleats by a half-size by the way he’s hobbling after each kick.
- Carpooling: Actually, I honed this skill during the school year. It’s just that now, it happens all day, every day, and not just after 3 p.m. and weekends.
- Pantry inventory managing: With two boys in puberty (and their friends who are over to check out the fort), I can pretty much assume the pantry needs refilling every 36 hours.
- TV schedule memorization: Normally, I just let my Tivo do the work. During the summer, however, I know when “Expedition Impossible” airs. Also, “Deadliest Catch” and most Major League Soccer games.
- Sleepover Hosting: I know exactly when to put the “over” in “sleepover.”
August 8, 2011