Have you ever met the perfect parent? Well I have to say that before I had kids, I was the perfect parent. In my pre-kids era, I had a big old list of all the things my kids would NEVER ever do, say, or wear. Here are some examples:
- My kids will always listen.
- My kids will never have snot hanging from their nose.
- My kids will always be respectful and use “inside voices” in appropriate places and situations.
- My kids will never hang off the shopping cart crying at Target or run away from me and hide in a sea of clothes racks.
- My kids will never have meltdowns in public places.
- My kids will never jump on furniture or on each other for that matter.
- My kids will always say “please” and “thank you.”
- My kids will always be dressed neatly and will never “wear” their breakfast, lunch, or dinner or eat off of the floor.
- My kids will never push, hit, or pull the hair of another human being.
- My kids will never throw things while having a tantrum. Oh heck, my kids will never throw a tantrum.
As you can see, I had extremely high parenting expectations before I had kids. I think a lot of (first time) parents do. But now that they’re here in the flesh, I have succumbed to the reality that I can’t control everything. Really. My family is not perfect. The best I can do is teach my kids right from wrong, instill proper values into their lives, and above all else, love them unconditionally. Oh and hope for the best.
Reblogged from February 2012 archives by Mommy OM.