They don't call it a waiting room for nothing. When I walk into my pediatrician's office -- two sick kids in tow -- I shiver, knowing the endurance test that awaits. The room, lined on all sides by irritable-looking adults and hordes of (literally) snot-nosed children..
When I wake out of a sound sleep to a kid calling, I no longer jump out of bed. Instead -- taking the lead from catalog merchants -- I stay comfortably warm under the covers and shout back, "Thank you for calling Dad's Service Center. If you need a drink of water, press or say, 'one'...
Parents forget they have children. It's not that they want to forget, it's just that kids suck an enormous amount of thinking capacity out of your brain. The result is the inability to remember your kids' names and often if you even have kids.