Long ago, I gave up on the notion that I should be able to add and subtract hours from the days as needed and decided instead to just pray for guidance and direction to get through each day. I've come to realise that when you have kids, you have to add an extra minute or two to everything you plan to do, just to try to get out of the house on time. You get them out of bed, make breakfast and tell them to eat quickly and get ready so we can leave early. Translation to the kids: we aren't in any real hurry today so take your time and we'll see how it goes. I tell you no lie. There is a secret decoder in their brains that translates all your messages this way. And it always happens that the one day you need to be out of the house extra early, that's the day they'll move the slowest. On days like this, I put on my super hero mask and cape and reach for my weapon of mass destruction and my voice changes. I'm like Clark Kent and Super Man, but I like to call myself Amazing Alli.
I'm going to have to change that name in time to something way more awesome, but the point is, I'm a super hero. I think all parents should be. Kids are smart. They begin to recognise the different tones in your voice and they can tell when you're just a heartbeat away from giving them the spanking they deserve and then they switch it up on you. They go from a 100 to 0 in seconds. So you've got to get creative with them. They're laughing when I say I'm reaching for my weapon of mass destruction, but they straighten right up.
Allison is mother to two active boys who challenge her on a day to day basis with their escapades. In her other life, Allison juggles a regular day job as a marketing executive in a health food organization. At night, when everyone is asleep, she dreams of being a fulltime writer and super hero.