Parenting Resolutions – Broken!

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.

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5 Responses to “Parenting Resolutions – Broken!”

  1. Kim @ What's That Smell? February 26, 2009 at 8:15 pm #

    The no food in certain rooms thing is a big broken resolution for me. In fact, I’m staring at Cheez-Its on my family room floor mocking the dog by calling him a cat because he refuses to clean them up.

    The TV one too for me….

    I resolved never to drive a minivan….I’ve since had 2.

  2. Erin February 27, 2009 at 2:54 pm #

    I realize my dog Rocky is not a human, and I compare him to parenting a child way too much, but I have broken just about every resolution I made! For instance- He gets on the couch & he sleeps in our bed – 2 things I SWORE would never fly in my house!

  3. Amy Trice February 27, 2009 at 4:02 pm #

    I’ve been able to stick to the “no minivan” resolution. Guess it’s easier to do when you only have 1 kid and a very anti-minivan husband.

  4. LonLon558 March 1, 2009 at 7:27 pm #

    I never wanted to do the co-sleeping thing and also thought I would never introduce the pacifier, but the pacifier vow went out the window while he was still in the hospital crib and the co-sleeping resolution was out the first time I was desperate for a night of sleep in his third week of COLIC. I never thought I would allow it but I was so desperate to go to sleep that I just had to keep him there to stop him from screaming at the top of his lungs! You’ll do anything at that point, I figured.

    I’m new at this anyway – he’s only four months old and he’s my only one, so I’ve still got lots to learn (and lots more resolutions to break!)

  5. LonLon558 March 1, 2009 at 7:29 pm #

    P.s. I pray there is no minivan in my future…