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30 Things Parents Celebrate Other Than Christmas

96588728During the holiday season, I have at times contemplated the term “to celebrate.” For some, celebrating means quietly rejoicing with happiness over good news or a fortuitous event. For others, celebrating means loudly rejoicing with happiness over good news or a fortuitous event. The dictionary says it is:

to publicly acknowledge (a significant or happy day or event) with a social gathering or enjoyable activity.

 

Here are things 30 things parents celebrate other than Christmas.

1: The day their baby is born 

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2: The first day of school

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3:  The day their baby’s umbilical stump falls off and they weren’t the one to find it

4: When the dog eats the cat’s vomit so they don’t have to clean it up

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 5: When a new episode of Scandal Is on 

6: When the baby sleeps past six in the morning 

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7: When someone at the grocery lets them go ahead in line

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8: When they are able to fix the garbage disposal with a broom handle 


9: When they find a beer hiding in the back of the refrigerator 

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10: When their kid doesn’t have a cavity at the dental checkup

11: When they find a forgotten 20 dollars in their coat pocket 

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12: When the pregnancy test comes back negative

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13: When garbage bags are on sale  

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14: When their kid has a good parent teacher/conference 

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15: When it’s Taco Tuesday

16: When they remember to pay the electric bill before it gets shut off 

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17:When no kids use the F word in front of grandma

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18: When the kids go to bed on time
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19: When someone remembers to replace the toilet paper roll 

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20: When the car starts in winter

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21: When there is just enough detergent left to finish the laundry

22: When no one is bleeding 

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23: When the Play-doh dries out

24: Tax refund time 

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25: When it was dry scalp, and not head lice

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27: When they remember to restock the diaper bag

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28: When someone offers to take the kids for the night

 

29: When they can finally throw out the potty seat 

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30: When the stain comes off the sofa upholstery

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  • LadyClodia

    How about getting through a long car trip with no one peeing/pooping/throwing up in the car? I hope I can celebrate that this weekend.

    • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

      That’s a Christmas miracle right there

    • LadyClodia

      It would be. So I always plan for the worst, hah.

    • Andrea

      Good luck, but I would pack wipes anyways.

  • Bethany Ramos

    #12 is so me after a vasectomy – best day of my liiiiiiiiiiife!

    • Andrea

      Right there with you. For my husband, not so much.

  • Alicia Kiner

    When the kids get themselves ready for school without needing help finding anything.

  • jane

    Taco Tuesday!

  • Elise S

    Eve, you’re my favorite.

    • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

      xoxoxo that is so nice

    • Elise S

      ‘Struth. Love your articles. I’m a writer and we know our own. xoxoxo

  • jane

    When they can buckle their own seatbelts. When hairbrushing doesn’t result in screaming and tears. When they can wipe their own ass. When last year’s winter boots still fit. Breakfast for dinner.

    • Kay_Sue

      Oh the joy of having children that are self-sufficient at ass-wiping. So true.

  • ted3553

    I came home the other day and the dishwasher was running. I had an instant smile and let out an OOOOOHHHH. I didn’t have to ask/tell anyone to start it when it was full. So exciting

    • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

      This is so true. I have had this exact same feeling.

    • ted3553

      and then yesterday my oldest stepdaughter was walking into the kitchen and stated that she’d be back after she put her dishes in the sink. I said “put them in the dishwasher”. She responded with a high pitched “in the dishwasher??????” Ummm, yeah. how do you think they get from the sink to the dishwasher? She is nearly 19. And that is why I celebrate the small moments

  • Guest

    The day I threw out our Diaper Genie was one of the greatest days of my life. No matter how much we rinsed it out, cleaned it, soaked it in bleach that thing stunk to high heaven.

    And tomorrow my MIL is taking our son for a sleepover, so I’m totally celebrating that.

  • LiteBrite

    The day I threw out our Diaper Genie was one of the greatest days of my life. No matter how much we rinsed it out, cleaned it, soaked it in bleach that thing stunk to high heaven. I was so very happy to see that go.

    And tomorrow my MIL is taking our son for a sleepover, so I’m totally celebrating that.

    • LiteBrite

      Sorry this comment is so huge. Apparently there are some “user error” issues with my commenting abilities today!

    • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

      Your comment is perfect. I second this giganticass HELL YES

    • LiteBrite

      Its largeness expresses the largeness of my excitement at having a kid-free night.

    • Kay_Sue

      That graphic is completely appropriate but entirely too small to really celebrate getting rid of that damnable contraption, I think. :-P

  • AugustW

    When we arrive at our destination and everyone still has their shoes AND socks on!

  • Kay_Sue

    I think I would stroke out if someone remembered to replace the toilet paper roll around here.

  • hannaugh

    Like half of these apply to everyone, not just parents.

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