When I was pregnant with Slick, I had some guidelines in my mind about what I was going to do and not do as a parent. Parenting resolutions I call them. It’s so easy to parent when you run through scenarios in your mind- it’s a whole different ballgame when you are trying to parent an actual child.
So, here some of my broken parenting resolutions, in no particular order:
No food in the family room - The topic of this post occurred to me while I was vacuuming sunflower seeds off the floor and bread crumbs off the ottoman. It started innocently enough- a few goldfish crackers in a bowl. All I have to say is hooray for handheld vacuum cleaners!
No more than an hour of TV per day - This broken resolution snuck up on me. The TV shows have educational value. They provide a reference point for discussions about important things like sharing, helping and not biting your friends. Combine that with a need to get something done around the house that ends up taking more than an hour. There goes another parenting resolution down the drain.
No frequent trips to McDonalds – I wouldn’t call a few times a month “frequent,” but Slick will get a much loved Happy Meal on occasion. In my parenting dreams Slick would have a nice wholesome side of apple dippers and plain milk, but I am not Slick’s only parent- my husband introduced him to french fries and chocolate milk!
No sleeping in Mommy & Daddy’s bed We are definitely not a co-sleeping family. Much to my husband’s annoyance, I take all recommendations by the AAP very seriously. However, when you just don’t want to get up at 5:00am on a Saturday morning (who does?), it’s very easy to let Slick stake a claim in our bed. On the other hand, getting kicked in the stomach by a sleeping toddler is almost (but not quite) enough to make me get up at 5:00am on a Saturday morning anyway.
The good news is that I’m keeping the other resolutions. He gets hugs and kisses every day. We do lots of activities together. There’s praise for his accomplishments and discipline when needed.
What are some of the parenting resolutions you’ve broken? Surely I’m not the only parent out there.