Don't get me wrong. I'm not going to encourage the idea to play with fire (like my mom did, which probably explains why I love matches so much) or let a kid play with a knife (of course my mom never, ever taught me to eat off of one.. psh, that's crazy!) or encourage playing with snakes (actually, that's the one thing both my parents taught me not to do).
However, I have come to the conclusion that either I am an awesome and fun babysitter or a really bad role model. Since I don't really know, I figured I would leave it up to you guys to decide. That means you have to tell me in the comments, just because I want to know what you think.
For example, the other night, The Middle Child was going to make dinner. After being unable to find anything, I went into the kitchen and found some hot dogs in the deep freezer. Unfortunately, I don't think their microwave works for anything except the timer, their sink was too full to run water over it, and they were so frozen my hand hurt from holding them for thirty seconds. And it was already 6:30, so The Youngest really had to eat dinner soon.
The oldest got his water gun, filled it up with hot water from the bathtub, and asked if he could spray the inside of the hot dog package to melt them enough so that I could break off enough for dinner. Naturally, not thinking that it would splash back at me, I said, "Sure. Why not?" And that's how I ended up getting sprayed with water, in the kitchen, while holding an open package of hot dogs so The Oldest could spray them with hot water.
Several times, The Middle Child fell so The Youngest would tackle and bite him. I know she's not supposed to bite and so do the boys. But you know what? It was way to fucking funny for me to scold her. She was only trying to protect us, after all.
Throughout all of this, I have been the only one to end up with an injury. I went into the kitchen to check on dinner and the babygate set up to keep The Youngest away from hot stoves, poisonous cleaning supplies, and knives decided to be a bitch and fall on my leg. On Thursday. It's still swollen.
P.S. Like all the other pictures on here, you can see a larger version by clicking on them.