For Missy Robertson, who has three children who all participated in many extra-curricular activities, it was three times as hard.
She and her husband, Jase, shuttled their kids to baseball practices and games, football games, gymnastics practices, cheer competitions, and much more. Their children became experts at doing their homework in the stands or in the car and had to learn how to manage their time well.
In a Q&A on her blog, Robertson answered many questions about parenting her three children and gave advice when asked.
One question stuck with us though. One parent asked, "Is there anything you swore you'd never do as a parent that you now do?"
As children, or even young adults, we try so hard not to turn into our own parents, but it's inevitable.
"The one phrase that my mom and dad used to say to me when I would ask over and over why I couldn't do something, and that was, 'Because I said so,'" she explains. "I promised I would never do that to my kids, that I would always give them a respectful answer to every question they asked me."
Apparently, that didn't last to long for Missy, and now, she doesn't feel it's a bad answer!
"A child doesn’t need to know the explanation of every decision a parent makes for them. That’s why we’re the parent. They should just trust that we are doing what we think is best for them. To them, it’s definitely not the answer they want to hear, but to me, “Because I said so” seems to fit perfectly," she says.
Do you say "Because I said so," or did your parents? We know ours did!