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What Was I Thinking? The Only Thing I Regret Teaching My Son (…So Far)

I have only been a parent for six years — not that long in the large scheme of things. I know I am bound to make some mistakes. No parent is perfect no matter how hard we try. There will be things that I will look back on when I am older and my kids are grown and my house is quiet and think, “well, that was probably not the best thing.” I am trying to prepare myself for the day my kids ask me why we did this with them or that or didn’t do enough of this.

It’s bound to happen someday. I am as okay with that as I can be.

Today, as I was sitting with my son in the living room I realized, there is already something I regret. A mistake I made earlier that I can not undo. It hasn’t even been that long that this mistake was made and yet, I already feel the fallout from it.

I don’t even know how the conversation got started, I am sure it was something innocent like talking about what new crazy thing he wants to be when he grows up is. i really have no idea. What I do know is that a few months ago I taught Mister Speed the worst thing I could have taught him.

My biggest phobia.

He knows it. He laughs about it. He taunts and teases me about it. My 6 year old and I were sitting on the couch today and out of no where he slides over his leg and touches his toes to my foot.

I lost it. I am getting creeped out even typing this. I hate feet — specifically toes and my funny boy loves to watch me squirm and squirm I do. He laughs and giggles watching me try to rub the touch off my feet.

It drives me crazy. I don’t know what I was thinking. However, if this is my biggest regret as a parent, I think I will be okay.

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