Of all the things I thought were the duties of a parent, I didn't know Band-Aid bargaining would be one of them.
It seems my wife and I are spending plenty of time lately determining if a scrape or bump on the kids is bandage-worthy. And my kids of the ages of 5 and 2 are always pleading their case to get one.
Once one of them gets a Band-Aid for a legitimate reason, the other tries their hardest to find a place on their body where they can try to get one.
Our 2-year-old tried to convince me last weekend that the small freckle on his knee was an "owie" and needed a Band-Aid.
Nice try, but even I'm not that dumb.
Maybe it's because we now have bandages depicting characters in the "Cars" movies.
Even my wife got into the act recently. While walking on some trails she got a cut on her foot - so she needed a Band-Aid.
She is old enough to decide if that cut deemed worthy of a bandage - but I won't tell you how old.
I told you earlier I'm not that dumb.
I'm sure this Band-Aid phase comes and goes - and usually sparks up when one sibling gets one and the other one wants one. Same goes for ice cream, candy and about everything else that kids like.
Since I'm talking about Band-Aids, I think they should sell a variety pack of both girls and boys bandages.
My household went from strictly princess Band-aids to now "Cars" bandages. So no matter what sex they are, or age, it's strictly "Cars" Band-Aids in my house until the box of 30 runs out.
Yes, my wife was wearing a "Cars" bandage over the weekend on that foot. In my world, it's far better for her to wear that than to have me being forced to wear a princess Band-Aid.
So between determining what wound is worthy of a bandage and what type of Band-Aids to buy I have thought more about bandages in the past few weeks than I could have ever imagined.
It's almost like my mind is stuck on Band-Aids,"...cause Band-Aids stuck on me."
Reporter Andrew Potter is a Tuesday columnist for the Times-Republican. The views expressed in this column are personal views of the writer and don't necessarily reflect the views of the T-R. Contact Andrew Potter at 641-753-6611 or firstname.lastname@example.org