Before I had my last 2 kids, I would secretly judge parents. I wouldn’t blurt out my thoughts to the world, but, in my mind, I would say things like, “Can’t they control that kid?!” or, “OMG! That kid did what?!”
I hate myself now for thinking like that, because I’m on the other side of the fence. I am the mom of a wild child.
I love my wild child with all of my heart. He is a challenge, sure. And I totally do NOT want to put a label on him, but for purposes of this post, I can’t think of a better title than “Wild Child!”
Having a child who is quite physical, and doesn’t particularly listen to his parents, is rough. What’s rougher is hearing other parents give you sympathy. When I hear sympathy, I hear someone who was the old version of me – secretly judging the mom. Sure, I may be sensitive or over-reacting but it’s my kid! I want him to be the best he can be, it’s my job! And until I had this child, I would think that it’s just a parenting issue and not the child’s issue. People, sometimes it’s not. We try everything and sometimes a tactic will work, but it’s never consistently worked.
There are days like today, when I wake up shaking my head. He is too smart for his own good. This morning, he decided to jump out of his crib (We rebuilt it after the toddler bed incident.) and wake me up via laughter; all while carrying an umbrella. Now he is cuddled up next to me watching Yo Gabba Gabba. He’s only 2-years-old, but he has mastered our smart TV. It’s not a simple interface, like an iPad, but his brain is constantly going and he figured it out. This is a constant thing with him. He figures out everything, from how to turn handles to playing iPad games.
He’s smart. He’s bigger than most kids his age. He has older siblings that he mimics. All of this combusts into — WILD CHILD.
Next time you see a mom who has a child that’s out of control, or appears to be so, give a pause before judging (privately or out loud). It’s not always bad parenting, sometimes it’s just a child who walks to the beat of their own drummer, even if they are only 2. And if you are the praying type, consider a quick silent prayer.
Chances are that mom could use it!
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