*WARNING – This post contains language which some readers may find inappropriate*
As parents I’m sure we all have one thing in common. The misconceptions we had of rearing children in our pre-baby days. Having spent very little time around young children I was certainly under no impression that I had the game sussed. Although admittedly, it’s a task which is easy to underestimate if you’ve never had to rise to the challenge.
I remember been about six months pregnant. I was in a Gina Ford induced coma of delirious ideas, spouting foolish notions that only a first time mom could come up with.
Here’s a run down of the top five things I said I would never do:
- “I’ll never be one of those mom’s who talks about their kids constantly”–
Easily said when you’re pregnant and still have a social life. Just wait until you’ve been off work three months. Soon your entire world will revolve around the Jeremy Kyle show and what colour your babies shit is!
- “I’ll never swear in front of my child”–
I really wish I was one of those people who could stub their toe and shout “BUBBLEGUM” but I’m not. There’s a strong possibility Rory’s first word will be shit but as long as it isn’t cunt then I think we’re winning!
- “My child will only eat home cooked, organic meals” –
It’s a successful day if I manage to get him to eat anything other than yogurt.
- “I won’t let my child watch TV until he’s four”–
I honestly can’t remember the specific age I mindlessly declared my unborn child old enough for screen time but it was somewhere around four. It’s safe to say what ever age it was, I was talking out of my arse! We’re not yet in the habit of using the TV as a full time babysitter. Although for some reason Peppa Pig has made her way to the top of my recommended videos on youtube.
- “I’m not going to use my phone in front of my child” –
Anyone who looks at my Twitter feed knows that this couldn’t be any further from the truth. Either that or Rory spends the majority of his life locked in the cupboard under the stairs like some toddleresque version of Harry Potter!
Thinking back I had some pretty idiotic ideas. Even though I knew I was signing myself up for failure, at the time I was positive it was the key to good parenting. A year in and I’m still not really sure that I’m any more clued up. I still make mistakes and I still go to sleep promising myself I’ll do better tomorrow. But I’m now sure of one thing, allowing your toddler to watch Peppa pig does not make you a bad parent. You might not win the parenting equivalent of a golden globe but if it means you get to nursery on time and nobody notices that your top is inside out, then you’re doing good!
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