There are a number of gross things parents have to deal with because of their kids, and for one dad, the latest item on that list of disgusting scenarios happened to be "toddler throwing dog poop."
When his 3-year-old daughter grabbed a handful of dog poop in the backyard, smeared it on her 7-year-old sister, then fell and cut her knee open, Clint Edwards of No Idea What I'm Doing: A Daddy Blog, had a choice to make: "Leave her on the ground and forget that I have a daughter. Or pick her up and comfort her, all while most likely getting dog poop on me."
In a hilarious yet sentimental post to Facebook, Edwards tells the tale of the poop war that went horribly wrong and how the whole scenario was a perfect metaphor for parenting in general.
Sometimes your kids are sick and dripping snot, and they come at you like Jabba The Hut asking Princess Leia for a kiss, and you pause for a moment, wondering if this whole parenting gig is really for you. Ultimately you kiss them, though. You always do. And sometimes they handle dog poop and cut their knee, and it's your job to make them right again.
So I did it.
I cleaned her hands and her cut, her screaming the whole time, me crying on the inside. I sat her on my lap, all the while trying desperately not to get poop on me, but failing. No one gave me an award. Chances are, she won't even remember this moment. But I know I did the right thing.
Edwards ends his post with an encouraging message to his fellow parents dealing with equally as hectic situations in their own homes: "So if you are knee deep in poop, my fellow parents, I see you. I respect you. Hold strong. I can't say that whatever nasty thing you had to endure was worth it. But what I can say is that you are parenting like a rock star."