The 12 Days of Christmas: Parenting Edition

When I was a kid I always thought that having 12 days of Christmas would be pretty magical. I never wanted turtle doves of partridges in pear trees, but the sheer idea of twelve days of gifts? Sign me up! I still think it would be a pretty cool idea, but how that I’m a parent my list of wishes for a 12 days of Christmas wish list would be a little different and most of them don’t even cost a dime! Are there any you would add to your list?

  • The 12 Days of Christmas: Parenting Edition

    The 12 Days of Christmas: Parenting Edition

    We all know the 12 days of Christmas song. Now here’s a song about what some parents wish these 12 days of gift-giving included!

  • A day completely to myself

    A day completely to myself

    On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me: a day completely to myself. What parent wouldn’t want this? Parenting is wonderful, but can be exhausting. A day to recharge and refresh would be lovely!

  • 2 cleaned bathrooms

    2 cleaned bathrooms

    On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me: two cleaned bathrooms. Because, who doesn’t love a sparkling clean bathroom?

  • 3 made beds

    3 made beds

    On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me: three made beds. Nothing is quite as cozy as a freshly made bed, but it’s often a task that falls by the wayside.

  • 4 framed photos

    4 framed photos

    On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me: four framed photos. As a parent we take tons of photos, but how many of them actually get printed and framed? Having someone print and frame some of my favorite photos would be wonderful!

  • 5 espressos!

    5 espressos!

    On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me: five es-press-ohhhhs! Thank goodness for caffeine to keep us parents rolling along.

  • 6 bags of groceries

    6 bags of groceries

    On the sixth day of Christmas my true love gave to me: six bags of groceries. This may seem like an odd gift, but if you’ve ever been grocery shopping with a little one in tow, you will understand why giving someone the gift of doing the grocery shopping for them would be like giving them a two hour vacation.

  • 7 days of meals

    7 days of meals

    On the seventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me: seven days of meals. Cooking is a daily task that becomes a bit mundane at times. It would be fantastic to have someone else take on the cooking duties for seven day stretch. Even if they aren’t always the one who cooks, having seven days where you know you don’t have to think about meal planning would be great.

  • 8 hours sleep

    8 hours sleep

    On the eighth day of Christmas my true love gave to me: eight hours sleep. Sleep is a hot commodity when you’re a parent. An IOU for eight uninterrupted hours of sleep sounds pretty amazing.

  • 9 items off my to-do list

    9 items off my to-do list

    On the ninth day of Christmas my true love gave to me: 9 items of my to-do list. My to-do list sometimes seems like it’s a million miles long. Having someone take a few of those tasks on would help me breathe a sigh of relief.

  • 10 compliments

    10 compliments

    On the tenth day of Christmas my true love gave to me: ten compliments. Compliments are one of the greatest gifts you can give a person. Let the one you love know they are a great parent and appreciated. It’s free and will be well-received.

  • 11 loads of laundry

    11 loads of laundry

    On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me: eleven loads of laundry. I’m the worst at laundry. Eleven loads washed, dried, folded and put away is definitely at the top of my wish list.

  • 12 of my favorite sweet treats

    12 of my favorite sweet treats

    On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me: twelve of my favorite sweet treats. A dozen of my favorite donuts? Yes please!

  • All 12 days

    All 12 days

    On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me…12 sweet treats, 11 loads of laundry, 10 compliments, 9 to-dos, 8 hours sleep, 7 days of meals, 6 bags of groceries, 5 es-press-ohhhhs! 4 framed photos, 3 made beds, 2 clean bathrooms and a day completely to myself!

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