Wednesday, August 23, 2006

I thought I'd never . . .

I had this parenting thing down. I knew what I would do and what I wouldn't. I rolled my eyes at parents whose kids were throwing tantrums in Wal Mart. I snubbed those whose kids talked back. I couldn't understand how their children could be so out of control. That was before I had kids!

Now I find myself often thinking, "I thought I would never,"

Let my kids sleep in our bed
I don't think that even lasted the first night home from the hospital

Have the need to say, 'Do not stand/sit/ lay on your baby sister.'

Get excited about poop
You know, the baby pooped she must be eating well and later, yeah you pooped in the potty.

Use my saliva to clean a face

Use a babysitter named TV

Bribe uh. . . I mean reward my child with candy

Lock my child in his room for his nap
I know it sounds awful. I almost didn't put that one down. Let me explain. It was the only way Nolan would stay in his room and take a nap. Don't worry I am no longer doing this. He learned to unlock the door! Now I have to stand there and hold it shut!

Allow the kids to eat in the vehicle
I have traded a clean vehicle for sanity and speed while driving

Be a stay at home, home schooling mom

Want to live beside my parents in the middle of nowhere

Oh how your life (and perspective) changes after you have kids. There are my top ten things that I thought I'd never do as a parent. Oh and yes, my children have been out of control at restaurants and stores and they frequently talk back, in case you were wondering. Fortunately none of those are regular events, but they do happen.

How about you? What do you do now as a parent (or wife or adult) that you never thought you would? Please share in the comments or on your blog! I didn't get Mr. Linky going so if you are posting in your blog leave a link in the comments and I will add it on here.

Check out Delilah's post here. And JSunshine's. And Jake.


  1. I thought I never get this blog thing, but I'm getting there... Thanks for stopping by! You're welcome anytime.

  2. Great post! Knew there would be a reason to look forward to it!
    I never thought I'd be up till 11:30 blogging on the notebook while my 17 yr old son is next to me on the desktop, listening to his hiphop and rock, playing online Socom..we trade the occasional remark back and forth, and he pokes fun at me trying to sing along to whatever that crap is he's listening too, while I poke fun at his attempts to dance in his chair.....go figure, but this whole parent to a teenager thing is kinda fun!

  3. I can relate to all of these. I swore every single one of them and then completely blew it when the first baby arrived. Mine are grown now but I vividly remember breaking every one of these things I promised myself.

    I'm just stopping by to thank you for dropping in on me yesterday.

  4. Okay, I made a list on my blog. I tried to get it done earlier but never got to it.

  5. Your perspective changes an awful lot as a parent, doesn't it? I had a friend you used to tell me, "one day you'll understand." That's all she'd say. She was right.

  6. Oh, yes to the sleep in our bed one, (for 18 months) watch TV so I can: get dinner on the table, clean, or whatever depending on the sanity level around here that day.

    I pretty much always thought I'd stay home for awhile and then go back to work but now I love staying home and wouldn't ever want anything else.

    My husband and I are seriously considering homeschooling when the time comes which is something that if you'd have told us that 5 years ago we'd have said you were crazy!

    I have a feeling this list will get longer when I add another kiddo to the mix here - we'll see!

  7. I never thought I'd finish someone's (my daughter's) half eaten food.

    Here via Carnival of Family Life.

  8. Great post! I am going to have to think about this. I think it will make a great topic for post on my blog as well. I thought I would never let my child eat at random times throughout the day rather than at regularly scheduled meals