Honestly, I don't know how they'd fit all of the requisite skills in the test manual anyway. And I would love to see the diagrams in the booklet for some of the following areas of mothering mastery. (And, wow, this list only takes us partially through the toddler years! My head just might explode thinking about the terrain ahead of me.)
1) Lodge your child into a stroller, high chair or carseat, while his or her legs are locked shut in protest.
2) Blindly retrieve an errant toy in the backseat of the car for your screaming child with one hand, while steering with the other.
3) Change a diaper while your child is standing up, in the car, at a restaurant or has no intention of cooperating.
4) Balance your child on one knee, while pushing the drinking fountain button or turning on the faucets in a public restroom.
5) Survive on the calories leftover on your child's plate, which are shoveled into your mouth in the corner of the kitchen with a baby spoon, because you don't want to waste a perfectly good piece of clean cutlery or all the regular-sized ones are already dirty.
6) Match your child’s enthusiasm for Curious George or the Wheels on the Bus after the thousandth rendition of the day.
7) Deal peacefully with the mother who thought it was funny when her child whacked your child in the mouth with a toy truck.
8) Chase and catch your kid and grab the breakable glass in hand, while masterfully dodging the plethora of tiny plastic pieces on the floor, which could do bodily harm if lodged in a foot.
9) Do crisis management with exploding poop. My discretion tells me to leave it at that without providing any further details.
10) Manage to cut up vegetables for a mirepoix without slicing your finger open, while your child successfully pulls down your yoga pants.
Illustrations courtesy of the brilliant and lovely...Kristi Campbell of Finding Ninee. Hilarious pictures are only half her talent. Her words are equally smart and funny. If you don't believe me, go check out this post. You'll LOL when you see the picture that goes with the gem:
"Note to future self: ALWAYS check out your own ass in the bathroom mirror. It might be virtually naked."
(Bet you're already LOL'ing. Kristi has a way like that. Now, if you have any of your own feats of mothering to share, please do so below. Then, head over to Finding Ninee. You'll be glad you did!)