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12 Things I Won't Do, Even For My Kids

By Devan McGuinness |

12 Things I Won't Do, Even For My Kids

The decision to become a parent was an easy one for me. I always knew — since I was 5-years old — that I would one day want to become a mom. It’s the ultimate in experiences to help shape and raise a person in the world and it’s rewarding and hard work.

There are a lot of sacrifices that come along with being a parent as well. You don’t get to sleep as much as you may like. You don’t only have yourself to think of when it comes to making big decisions and sometimes that means making choices you may not want to or having to do something that you never thought you would do.

Then, there are times where you realize that with this gig you still have some say. I don’t love all aspects of parenting, but most of it I pull through like many other parents for the sake of the greater good of our kids. I would like to say I would do anything for my kids, but I’m realizing that may not be true. There are times where I have to put my foot down and realize that even I have some things I won’t do — even for my kids.

Click through to read 12 things I don’t ever see myself doing, even for my kids:

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Things I Won't Even Do For My Kids


there is something about the wet paint and my fingers that just make me squirm. Add to that the mess that is bound to happen with the kids participating, I am not interested. Crafts in general are not my thing, but this one in particular is a big no-no.
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Devan McGuinness

Devan McGuinness is the writer of the lifestyle website byDevan. After surviving 12 miscarriages, Devan founded Unspoken Grief, a resource and support site for perinatal and neonatal loss. Read bio and latest posts → Read Devan's latest posts →

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8 thoughts on “12 Things I Won't Do, Even For My Kids

  1. I THOUGHT I was a cat person my whole life. Then I got much purebred Maltese 9 months ago. :)

  2. Jen McA says:

    This could have been written by me. Totally. We have fingerpaints someone gave us 2 houses ago. Unopened.

    And roller coasters? I can barely handle a swing.

    And I have bento boxes for the kids – but they put their food in them. I don’t make it all funky cute. Without peanut butter and cookies, what kid can enjoy lunch anyway.

    And we are GF. Well, three of us have to be. The other kids get cakes from DQ and I pick up TJ brownies for the GF ones for b-days.

    I love this!!!

  3. Angie says:

    I agree. This is so me except for the cat part. I’m a dog person. And my goals, well I have my 2 babies 5 yrs & 3 month. That’s off my list. Next is getting my BA in Business. I’m 1/2 way there & taking classes right now. I have a supported husband & my mom helps out a lot too.

  4. YEPthat'sME says:

    And…so what?

  5. Rhianna says:

    I liked this article, had a few laughs and noted some similarities between my parenting and yours. :D

  6. Joyce says:

    I’m really glad this person wasn’t my mother, and glad she wasn’t the mother of my kids. Does she ever think about anyone but herself? It doesn’t sound like it.

  7. hiil says:

    you sound awful

  8. emily says:

    My mother made my birthday cakes, and Halloween costumes. It was so wonderful she would do for me. Also she bought certain toys when it was my birthday or Christmas.

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