Eight years ago, before I became a parent, I had a preconceived idea of what I would be like as a mother. I’d stay at home to care for the kids, keep the house nice and tidy, and of course I’d cook tasty and nutritious meals each and every day for my family.
I would never lose my temper, always have fun activities planned for the day, and TV would never be used as a babysitter. I knew parenting wasn’t going to be easy, but I knew I was up for the job.
And then I had a baby. And after that baby, I had three more babies.
While I still think I’m doing a pretty slammin’ good job at this mom thing, it’s obvious that I was pretty delusional about what daily life would actually be like.
7 things I swore I’d Never Do As A Parent (but in reality, totally do all the time):
Feed my baby store bought jar food. 1 of 7But then I had four kids, and realized that somewhere along the way I didn't gain any more time in my day to sit in my kitchen prepping baby purees.
Use TV as a babysitter. 2 of 7Yes, I totally turn the TV on when I need them to be quietly occupied. You know, right before dinnertime, during rest time, while I'm nursing Paul, and even sometimes if I need to meet a work deadline.
Leave the house without makeup. 3 of 7Even up until a few years ago, I never have fathomed leaving the house with an unshowered and make-up free face. These days, it's commonplace, I do it all the time.
Feed my kids fast food 4 of 7And again, sometimes there just isn't enough hours in the day to make a meal. And yes, I'll admit to I bribing my kids with fast food if they behave in public. While we don't eat fast food often (maybe twice a month), I'm still amazed that I've ventured down the fast food slippery slope.
Let my kids dress themselves 5 of 7Just like I thought I would never leave the house without makeup on, I never in my wildest dreams thought I would ever allow my kids to freely dress themselves for the day.
Call “just a onesie” a complete outfit 6 of 7Before I had kids, I thought people who took their babies out in public in "just a onesie" were lazy. These days, I dress Paul in "just a onesie" all the time, and we're good to go!
Go neeked! 7 of 7We are a very modest family, and I never thought I would let my kids run around naked outside, even in our fenced in backyard. Now, I let the little kids bare their buns all the time when we're outside at home.
And looking back at the choices I’ve made, I’m cool with how I’m parenting. I’m not perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but I can truthfully say I’m doing the best with the skills I’ve been given.
What things did you say you would never do as a parent, but now totally do?
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