Channeling Your Inner MacGyver to Survive Parenthood!

AUTHOR: | POSTED: June 28, 2012 | COMMENTS: 5 Comments
CATEGORIES: Health & Safety,

Carolyn Savage

We decided to celebrate our first day of summer with a dip in our back yard pool.  It was a good idea, in theory, but sometimes, my good ideas are easier conceived than implemented!  You see, one would think getting two 10 month olds to a pool, twenty steps from my backdoor, wouldn’t be that difficult. 

But once again, twin reality slapped me in the face.

First of all, who do I carry out first?  And when I go back in, is the babe I carried out first safe?  And can I leave one sitting on the sunning step (which is rather large) while I play motor boat with the other? 

There are just not enough of me sometimes.

Then I had a lightbulb moment. 

When Drew and Ryan were babies I had a bath seat for them. 

Ryan’s in the bath seat and this was our 1997 Christmas card. At this time I’d like to publicly apologize to my boys. At the time, I thought it was cute!

I could buy a new one, and then I’d have instant stability for at least one baby while I diverted my attention to the other. 

Problem solved?

Not exactly!

Turns out they don’t manufacture bath seats anymore.  I guess too many brilliant adults thought it was okay to leave the room while their baby…uh… bathed themselves…which rendered the seats safety hazards. 

Why do stupid parents have to ruin everything for the rest of us

So…I improvised. 

Isabella playing in the pool!

Yes, that is a Bumbo seat.  And yes, I’m pretty sure there’s a warning label on it somewhere that says I’m not supposed to use it to secure a child in a pool.  But sometimes a mom’s gotta do, what a mom’s gotta do!

And, it actually worked. 

Now before you start sending me messages about child safety, please know I’m not putting my kids in pools… while napping… in a hammock.  I’m just using it to stabilize one of my 10 month old weeble-wobbles while I’m tending to the other! I’m never more than a few feet away. 

That being said, I do have a history of improvising when it comes to baby gear.  Sometimes it’s simply an off-label use (like a bumbo in a pool).  At other times, we’ve had to make due in manners, that in retrospect, may have not been the wisest.

Case in point…

Ryan, 1998

Now, given the above depicted parenting fail, I may deserve your messages of concern!  If you feel the need to send me a note of disgust please address it, “Dear idiot mother who used a case of Miller Light as a booster seat while securing her one year old to a chair with her husband’s belt“!  (I know that’s a long salutation  but it fits…don’t you think?)

And don’t forget to mention the ironing board in the background with the hot iron teetering on the edge. 

Clearly the scene depicted above occurred prior to the emergance of Sean’s alter ego, Captain Safety! 

It’s a wonder Ryan has made it to 15!  But he has. Without major medical incident.

A miracle? 


…but I don’t think so.

As parents, we have to get creative with our kid related problem solving by channeling our inner MacGyver.  Improvise.  It’s an art and, I think,  a necessary part of surviving parenthood.  Bumbos in pools and cases of beer as booster seats require that common sense is enlisted.  (Let me repeat the words…common sense!)  

So next time you are faced with a parenting dilemma, use your God-given creative mama-instincts by thinking outside the box!  Then pat yourself on the back, and make the phrase, “I CAN do this is” your mantra. 

Oh…and take a picture of your solution and send it to me!  I can use all the mothering help I can get!

*Important*   Edited to Add

Bumbo seats have recently been recalled due to a high incidence of infant skull fractures.  Please see link here for information on how to get a safety harness for your Bumbo seat! 

5 Comments on “ Channeling Your Inner MacGyver to Survive Parenthood! ”

  • Kelly masters | June 28th, 2012 6:15 pm

    Practical, yet hilarious advice. I love it!

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  • Cindy Thomson | June 28th, 2012 10:37 pm

    OMG you are too funny! The bumbo in the pool while you are right there with the other is a great idea. How about a Moby or front pack for the pool. That would work too. I wonder how my kids ever got through their young years. 40 years ago we did not have the smarts or conviences that people have now days. I remember putting a harness on my three year old and tying a roap to the harness and the other end to a pole out in the back yard so she could play while I did the dishes. People did it all the time back them. What were we ever thinking? OMG so wonder they did not strangle themselves. I would turn someone into CPS if I saw that now days. Then again back then children did not even have to be in safety seats. Jeeze.

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  • Carolyn Savage | June 29th, 2012 8:52 am

    Cindy…Let me get this straight. You tied your daugther to a pole so she could play in the yard unattended?

    That’s old school H-I-L-A-R-I-O-U-S parenting…and fodder for a future post. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  • Angela Bonner | June 30th, 2012 12:19 pm

    You were creative!

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  • Carolyn Savage | June 30th, 2012 9:32 pm

    Angela, I try! Thanks for the comment!

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