There’s a quote printed on the wall of JustKidding’s store that always makes me smile. ‘Before I got married I had six theories about bringing up children; now I have six children and no theories.’ I think pretty much every parent can relate to this. Pre-motherhood I certainly told myself I was never going to be one of those parents. Then Baby Boo came along and I broke all my own rules… or at least I think I did… I was delirious with tiredness most of the time. I know I’m not alone, which is why I put together this list of oh-so-common parenting turnarounds. How many did you swear you wouldn’t do as a parent (but do)?
Things You Swore You’d Never Do As A Parent #1: Babyspam Facebook
You vowed you’d only post rare pictures of your baby, and only when she was looking genuinely cute. The problem is, to you every shot looks as though it came straight from an Anne Geddes album, making it very difficult to differentiate. What the heck! Press that ‘share’ button. That way people won’t miss out…
Things You Swore You’d Never Do As A Parent #2: Be late
Pre-parenthood it’s so easy to tut at your tardy friends who always burst through the door late, complaining about bath times, bedtimes and babysitters. However, you’ve probably since realised that when you have little ones, it’s virtually impossible to be anywhere on time. Ever. Again.
Things You Swore You’d Never Do As A Parent #3: Say ‘no’ to invitations
You can’t fight it. In so many wonderful ways, and a few irritating ones, becoming a parent changes your life. In the past you may have scoffed at friends who turned down invites because they didn’t have a babysitter. After all, how hard is it to head on over to the party with the baby in tow and park the stroller in the corner? Er… if you’ve since tried it, you know the answer to this question.
Things You Swore You’d Never Do As A Parent #4: Use TV as a babysitter
Remember those conversations you used to have about parents who allowed their tots to watch too much TV? But now you’re the one playing peekaboo for the fiftieth time (in an hour) and suddenly an episode of Dora The Explora doesn’t seem so detrimental to development. Don’t beat yourself up about it though. While it’s fun to play with your kids, no one can do it 24-7.
Things You Swore You’d Never Do As A Parent #5: Use spit to clean a face
Ok, so we know that the invention of wet wipes makes this act pretty much unnecessary, but we also know that sometimes your diaper bag plays tricks on you… The point is, you might not always have a wipe to hand, which means there’s only one thing for it.
Things You Swore You’d Never Do As A Parent #6: Call your other half ‘daddy’ in public
Of course, it started as a way to encourage baby’s first words, but now you do it all the time… even when baby’s in bed. And the worst thing? ‘Daddy’ hasn’t even batted an eyelid at the loss of his actual name!
Things You Swore You’d Never Do As A Parent #7: Take your baby on the plane
Before parenthood you may have wondered why on earth parents put themselves (and their fellow passengers) through the nightmare of flying with babies. Then you had one of your own and realised that despite the trauma, you still quite like going on holiday. Click here for tips on flying with a baby.
Things You Swore You’d Never Do As A Parent #8: Eat spat out food
Simply put, your child hands you a half chewed-up sandwich and sometimes there is just nowhere else to put it, but in your mouth. End of story.
Things You Swore You’d Never Do As A Parent #9: Sniff your baby’s nappy in public
It’s surprising how easily this comes to you. Initially you might nip off to a corner for a discreet whiff, but quite soon you’ll get over that, and having a good old snort in front of friends, family… or complete strangers for that matter, will seem totally normal to you.
Things You Swore You’d Never Do As A Parent #10: Quote your mother
Like it or not, at some point you will hear yourself repeating the phrases your mother said when you were a child. Favourites include: ‘Which part of ‘no’ is it that you don’t understand?’ and ‘Because I said so…’