Friday, March 11, 2011

All Grown Up

When I was a kid, I couldn't wait to grow up. I figured I could do whatever I wanted and come and go as I please. I couldn't wait to be in charge and to be the parent. I had big plans for how I would do things differently. Of course I was going to be:
  • the cool mom
  • the young mom
  • the mom all my kids' friends would wish was their mom
  • I would never say, "Because I said so."
I do believe you say and think a lot of really dumb (sorry, ignorant) things before you have children. I grew up in the middle of 6 kids and babysat my entire life so I thought I knew what I was in for. When I was pregnant I thought:
  • I would be back at work 1 week after having my first child, scanning in photos to make his birth announcements
  • my kids wouldn't ever take a pacifier
  • I didn't need bottles because I was only going to breast feed
  • my kids would only watch educational television
  • I would never have my kids in public with a messy face-you just wipe them
Now that I have been on the parenting journey for a while and I compare what I thought then to what is true today:
  • I was a young mom, but I am much better at it now than when I started
  • All kids at some time wish someone else was their mom
  • Answering all their questions with rational explanations is exhausting and "Because I said so" shuts them up much faster
  • There is no such thing as a cool mom

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