I always knew I’d do a pretty good job of keeping our little one alive, but as it turns out, there’s more to parenting than that!
10 Reasons I Was A Better Mom Before I Had Kids
- I would never give my child fast food. I held onto this one until Maddie was about 2, but sometimes, you just have one of those days where that “happy meal” is a necessity of life!
- My child would only have educational toys. We spent 45 minutes yesterday shooting little “Nerf” type fists at each other…enough said!
- My child would watch very little tv/not use electronics for entertainment. I’m pretty sure she knows how to use my iPad better than I do!
- I would never let my child see me upset. I always thought this was important, but honestly, I’m actually glad I couldn’t uphold this one. Yes, I want to show Maddie she has a happy and positive Mom, but she also needs to see that I’m human, and feelings of sadness or frustration are a part of that!
- I would never yell at my child. I would like anyone who can say that they have never ever yelled at their child once to come and see me…so I can tell them in person that I know they are lying! We are only human, and it happens!
- I would have endless patience with my child as they develop. I did my best with this one, but when you’re late for a doctor’s appointment, have groceries to do, and errands to run, it gets difficult to understand how it can take 17 minutes to put one shoe on, and….ugh….where is your other shoe?!
- My house would never be one of “those houses” with toys everywhere. “My house”…ha, not anymore! Although it has forced me to pick up some handy tricks to tidying up with a toddler!
- No Sugary Snacks. Clearly I didn’t think this one through before giving birth, because what on earth would I bribe her with?!
- My child would be involved in lots of organized sports/activities. We just started gymnastics last September at 3 1/2 years old, and have a hard enough time getting to that twice a week!
- I would never have a spoiled child/tantrum thrower. I just enjoy seeing other people’s children throw tantrums now, because for that wonderful dreamy 6 minutes…it’s not my kid!
What expectations did you have for yourself as a parent before you were one?
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