When your wife is out and you’re watching the kids, questions that would benefit from her input are bound to arise. It’s only natural: she’s like Wikipedia for the family. “It’s a Tuesday in May, temps are in the 70s though it’s overcast…what is Harriet likely to be hungry for at lunchtime?” She’s got the answer.
As a result, it’s tempting to text her questions for every topic that arises. And there are certainly situations that merit a quick text…but if you really want to give her a break, there’s wisdom in not asking her every question that enters your brain.
And there is dadcraft wisdom in never asking the following via text.
- Hey Hon. Quick question: what’s Jimmy’s blood type? O positive, right?
- Hope you’re enjoying time with your friends. A tooth stays viable longer if it’s in milk, correct?
- Re: Jill – she’s up-to-date on her tetanus booster?
- I know dogs shouldn’t eat chicken bones, but they’re the only species where swallowing chicken bones are a real concern, right?
- What’s likely to set in carpet faster: barf or blood?
- “Non-toxic” applies regardless of how much is consumed? y/n?
- You’ve got the baby, yeah?
On the other hand, “Bet you can’t beat my record on the obstacle course I made with the kids” is a pretty great message to send.
Text wisely, friends.