The Dial brand provided me with a sample of Dial Baby Body + Hair Wash and Dial Kids Foaming Hand Soap in exchange for a product review. However, all opinions expressed here are my own.
If you've followed our blog for any length of time, you know parenting (or lack thereof) and children (or lack thereof) have been a bit of a roller coaster for us. We tried fostering to adopt, and that didn't work out. We tried for about 4 years to have biological children with lukewarm success, since my first and only pregnancy ended in miscarriage.
Even though John and I are not currently trying to have children, we really enjoy hanging with our friends and family members who have kids (of all ages). Hell, you know I'm a former high school teacher and still work in education as a mentor for new teachers. John has 7 older sisters, all of which have at least 2 children. We are surrounded by children and absolutely love it.
Sometimes I find myself in an awkward place, not knowing how I should react in certain situations with friends who have kids. In general, I am comfortable hanging with parents and their children, but thought I would reach out to one of my best friends, Jenn, for some advice for all of us childless folk.
5 things we want our childless friends to know
1. Our kids love you more than you know. Be prepared to play with them when you are around. Please ask to take them places, hold their hands, and love them like we do. You become part of our family when you're our friend. In fact, you will probably be called 'Auntie' or 'Uncle', because our kids sometimes don't differentiate between friends and family. As far as we are concerned, you are family.
2. If we don't answer your calls or texts, we may just be busy. It's not that we don't want to talk to you. I can almost guarantee there are kids crying, or fighting, or claiming they are hungry. If we don't call or text you back in 2 hours, try us again! We probably got busy again or forgot.
3. You may have to hang out with us, kids in tow. It's not easy to go places without having the kids along. It's not easy to make stops around meal times to see your or meet up for a 'quick lunch'. You may have to travel to us, as it's not easy to get everyone loaded up to come to you. And, when we do see you, I hope you are genuinely curious about how our child's day went. Ask them about a recent trip or event. Talk to us and them.
4. Plan ahead. We want to hang out with you, but spur of the moment doesn't usually work for us. Give us a few days to find someone to watch our kids so we can do something with you. We don't ever want you to feel bad. We really want to hang out and spend time with you, especially because life gets busy with kids and it's hard to make those personal connections with our friends.
5. We're not all overbearing, control-freak moms. I know, we are all concerned to some extent about the things our kids eat or put on their bodies. When it comes down to it, we just want our kid to be healthy and happy. Please help contribute to this healthy, happy lifestyle!
Let's talk about 'healthy and happy', shall we? Dial has a new line of baby and toddler products that Jenn and her son gladly tested for me. When it comes to Dial products, Jenn and her son loved the Dial Kids Foaming Hand Soap. It smells good but not overpowering, and her son actually uses it! Jenn liked how the pump is easy for small hands to use, and the bottle is stable on her bathroom countertop.
She also said the Dial Baby Body + Hair Wash works great, and doesn't dry out her kids' skin. Her kids loved the bubbles, and Jenn liked the convenience since it is an all-in-one wash.
Are you a parent? What do you want your friends who don't have kids to know?
If you leave a comment, I'll enter you in a giveaway to win a full size bottle of the 2 products that Jenn and her son tried: Dial Baby Body and Hair Wash and Dial Kids Foaming Hand Wash. I'll have random.com choose three winners in exactly one week, on May 6th at 6pm. Just leave a comment!