Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The Kind of Parent I Won't Be

I won't...

*say, "Because I said so, that's why!" (even though I say this fairly regularly while babysitting).

*allow most battery operated toys. I hate them all & am fully convinced no toy inventor is actually a parent himself.

*have so many bloody toys, that it's all people will notice when they walk into my home. Especially baby gear. My word, how is there so much stuff on the market for infants? They eat, they sleep, they poop. Bottles, bed, diapers. Boom, done.

*say things like, "My house, my rules," "As long as you live under this roof, the answer is no," "Don't get smart with me!" "Eat your food, there are starving children in Africa," "Because I'm the adult," "Don't make stop this car!" and, my all-time favorite, "Don't make me count to 3, mister!"

*allow video games or computer games unless they are educational.

*use the TV as a babysitter.

*argue with my husband in front of the kids.

*spank.

*be a helicopter parent.

*be a better friend than parent.

*allow my children to develop poor eating habits.

*speak as if I'm the first parent in the history of the world or complain about how hard it is.

*judge another parent for the way they choose to raise their kids.

*take the gift of being a mother for granted.

*be surprised if I actually end up doing or saying at least half of these things.




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8 comments:

Jenn said...

I was gonna say...bite your tongue! :) I think we all say we are never gonna say such & such...and what's harder is to not laugh when you hear that exact thing coming out of your mouth!

Student CNM said...

I agree... Oh, the things I said I'd never say/do as a parent! I try to stick to the ones that I think will really affect him though, eating habits, little TV, I'm still not a fan of "educational" video games.

You made me laugh though when you mentioned the battery-operated toys. I was the last of my siblings to have kids and before I did, I always bought their kids those toys, just to be mean to my brothers and sisters!

jag said...

Oh my sweet little sis! I love you so, but I promise one or two of those are going bite ya in the fanny. Good news is, you can always go back and delete those ones after you do them;)Seriously though, you will be a fantastic mom and I know you will be able to stick to your guns better than I have:) Muah!

jag said...

Whoops! Just read the last one! Guess you already plan on relenting on a few. Hey, it's good to aim high!

It's just me :) said...

These are probably the only ones you will be able to stick to:

*spank.

*be a helicopter parent.

*be a better friend than parent.

*allow my children to develop poor eating habits.

*judge another parent for the way they choose to raise their kids.

*take the gift of being a mother for granted.


As for the rest well, you already know you are full of it. :p Some things can't be helped.

Helene said...

I've said the same things back in the day myself!! And I'm not surprised in the least when I hear "I'm gonna give you to the count of 3" come out of my mouth!!!

denise said...

I agree with most of those...but only time will tell.

Pam said...

You're very wise Marianne. Really. The proof is in the last sentence of this post. You're going to make some little kid a great mommy some day.

WVW: pinenor (it sounds like a Martha Stewart wine or some shit).

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