Murphy’s Laws of Parenting

 Murphy's law of parenting

You remember Murphy? And his laws?

The “original” corollary, at least according to one web site reads: “If there are two or more ways to do something, and one of those ways can result in a catastrophe, then someone will do it.”

More popularly Murphy’s law has been condensed simply to “whatever can go wrong, will go wrong.”    Murphy also said, “Left to themselves things always go from bad to worse.”

Through the years there have been numerous spin offs of “Murphy’s law,” Erma Bombeck observed, “Anything dropped in the bathroom will fall in the toilet.” There are “Murphy’s Laws” for women. For dating. For preaching. And Murphy’s law of parenting. Here are a few that you might relate to.

  • The later you stay up, the earlier your child will wake up the next morning.
  • The gooier the food, the more likely it is to end up on the carpet.
  • The longer it takes you to make a meal, the less your child will like it.
  • A sure way to get something done is to tell a child not to do it.
  • For a child to become clean, something else must become dirty.
  • Toys multiply to fill any space available.
  • Yours is always the only child who doesn’t behave.
  • If the shoe fits . . . it’s expensive
  • Backing the car out of the driveway causes your child to have to go to the bathroom.

Personally, I don’t really believe in Murphy’s law. I’m more positive than that. But parenting will sometimes push your limits. So, here’s God’s law for parenting to keep in mind when Murphy’s law seems to be ruling your kids.

“Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” –Eph 6:4

I hope this post has provided you a little humor on the final Saturday of July. Have a great day!

–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman


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