There are many benefits to working from home. Among those include not having to set an alarm, staying in your pajamas all morning (or afternoon...), getting outside when the weather is warm, and perhaps best of all, cuddling with your kiddos any time you want. Of course, there are some downsides, too. It can be incredibly difficult to balance getting your work done and and making sure your kids are staying out of trouble. I experienced one of those moments this morning.
As I sipped on my morning coffee and checked my email, my three-year-old, Cole, was happily playing upstairs. I could hear him in the bathroom, which I assumed meant he was filling up his squirt gun to spray into the bathtub (a favorite pastime of his). A few minutes later he came bounding downstairs with the most precious, excited smile on his face. "I brushed my teeth all by myself!" he exclaimed. I beamed with pride, gave him a high-five and said, "Way to go, bud! I'm so proud of you!" I really was, too. Cole smiled and added, "And I used a NEW toothpaste!" Hmm... new toothpaste? We didn't have "new" toothpaste in his bathroom. He darted back upstairs to grab this so-called new toothpaste to show me.
A minute later he came back into my office, toothbrush, cup, and, lo and behold, his "new" toothpaste in hand. What was it? Neosporin!
I promptly called my sister, because, being that she is older and wiser, she would know what to do. "Well, have you called Poison Control?" she asked calmly. No, no I had not. She assured me that he was probably fine, but texted me their number to call them anyway. After I got Cole to rinse out his mouth (which, of course, he passionately resisted), I gave them a call. The lady at Poison Control was incredibly sweet and once again, I was assured he would be fine. In fact, an hour or so later she called back just to check in on him!
Needless to say, the lesson for this mom has been learned. If I want to keep my job, I cannot watch my kids every second of the day, but I can make sure the Neosporin isn't within reach of little hands (the top shelf of the medicine cabinet is apparently not enough!). I also have the Poison Control number programmed into my phone now. It's 1-800-222-1222. Add it to your phone if you haven't already. You never know when you'll need to give them a call!