Friday, June 21, 2013

Things I Would Like To Do as a Parent

Before I became a Mother, I had a long list of things that I swore I would NOT do when I became a Parent. You know, no soothers, no night time bottles, no noisy toys, no television.

I thought about writing a post about it but you’ve heard it all before.

Besides, I’ve done everything I swore I wouldn’t.

So, I thought that I would put a new spin on an old classic and write “A List of Things I Will Do as a Parent”.

And so ends this post.

Baby Bottle and Soother

Seriously though, I never really thought about it. I was so focused on all the things I wanted to avoid that I didn’t focus on the positives.

If I had made a list, I would have put the following on it…

Say Yes More. Ice cream for breakfast never hurt anyone. Just look at my kids.

Embrace Failure. Your kids will not be the best at everything and that’s okay. Failure is not a bad word. It makes people question what is important. Disappointment is a reality. Prepare them for the real world.

Ignore the Mompetitors. Everyone loses. Especially the kids.

Admit you make Mistakes. Apologize and move on. You’ll have an opportunity to make a different choice next time.

Learn from your Parents. Did I just write that? Well, they didn’t do that bad a job. If I do say so myself.

Enjoy the Moment. You can’t have yesterday back but you can get the most out of today. Life is short and kids grow up really quickly.

What Would be on Your List of Things to Do?

17 thoughts on “Things I Would Like To Do as a Parent

  1. Bunkin Mama

    Play with them. Not just catch or let’s do this project together, get down on the floor and play barbie, pretend to be a dog with them. Lets loose and act like a kid again, even if its just for 30 minutes.

  2. Emma Berry

    Lovely post! I would definitely put ‘listen to your instinct’ and ‘don’t compare yourself to others’ at the top of mine. I don’t think anyone can prepare you for how much you will change when you’re a mum though!

  3. Sarah

    I love this post! Say yes more is a great one, and learning from your parents, so important. I would include learning to be okay with not getting everything done. Truth be told if I were to try and finish everything that I’m “supposed” to do in a day, I would never sleep. I’ve had to learn to be okay with being messy, and having toys all over the place.

    I would also agree with Emma, and say listen to your instinct. I always kick myself saying, I should have listened to my gut. It’s something I have to remind myself constantly.

  4. Jennifer - The Deliberate Mom

    Ahhh yes, I agree. Ice cream for breakfast?! My husband used to put ice cream in his morning coffee. I could gag.

    I love your list. I think I would put: have a sense of humor, take care of yourself, and forgive yourself for your own mistakes on my list.

    Wishing you and your loved ones a wonderful weekend.

  5. Virginia

    Great points! I love going camping with my kids in the summer. I do say no at home a lot, but when we’re camping that is the time they can have an ice cream cone, a bag of chips and smores for breakfast! I did learn so much from my mom.

  6. menopausal mama

    Your list here is absolutely PERFECT!!! I like the idea of not trying to compete with other moms—everyone parents differently according to the needs of their individual child. You will be a far happier parent if you don’t compare yourself or your children to other families.

  7. Elizabeth Matthiesen

    I thought your list was great. I think that an important point is to learn to have patience, to be laid back, as calm as possible when things don’t go as planned. I found it was the only way to survive. Good Mothers have dirty floors and happy children, as a magnet said that I presented to my daughter on the birth of her first child. There’s a lot of truth in that quote I think.

  8. Jo-Anne Pfoh

    you are brilliant and this is my fav post from you. thanks for sharing could not agree with you more. I live this way and my kids are the better for it less stress more happy

  9. Karen E. Hill

    Great tips. They usually come after the fact though which is when you have to learn to forgive yourself.
    As long as you loved them, treated them with respect and feed and provided for them you did your best.


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