I remember when I didn’t have a kid. I knew everything about parenting. I knew what was bad. I knew what was good. I knew what everyone should do and how everyone should behave and how to solve every child-related issue.
I was never going to park my kid in front of the TV. I was never going to let my kid throw a fit in public. I was going to breastfeed for 2 years. My kid would behave in a restaurant and never pick his nose in public. And he will never eat junk food.
Now, here I am with a 2 year old and another on the way… and holy crap! I was wrong about everything. Seriously. Everything.
He wants to watch TV while I write this post? Fine. And after? Fine. And if he wants to throw a fit in public, guess what? That’s his problem to deal with. And breastfeeding only lasted until he realized that biting was the perfect way to signal “I’m done eating.” He’s learned that restaurants are places where everyone loves him and wishes to be entertained by him (so we can only go to the one where everyone does love him and wishes to be entertained by him… and fortunately, there is one). And right now, he’s eating a sandwich with Nutella… because I want him to eat something.
What was your naive pre-parenting misconception? If you don’t have kids, hypothetically speaking, what are the things you are sure are on your “perfect parenting list” that you can’t figure out why no parents do?
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