5 Parenting Lessons I’ve Learned So Far As A Mom
Lessons in Parenthood
Before I became a Mom, I was the woman at Walmart judging you. All showered and put together. I would shake my head at your screaming kid, and whisper to my husband, “we’ll never put up with stuff like that as parents.”
If only I could go back to my past self, and slap me. I had no idea what those poor Moms and Dads were going through. And I definitely had no room to judge. These days, I am no longer judging, but sympathizing with you.
Now, I am that poor parent at the grocery store. I am the one in pajama pants and yesterdays Mom bun, with a toddler screaming in the cart.
My son is 2 years old now, and I feel like a pro at this point. (Not!) At the end of every day, I’m amazed we made it out alive. Did I mention I also have an almost 5 month old? It’s a zoo in my home constantly. Each day is a stressful learning experience, but it’s also the happiest I’ve ever been. So, from one parent to another, here are some helpful things I’ve stumbled upon so far.
Hahahahahaha….there is no such thing with a toddler and baby. You will be late. A lot! I used to arrive everywhere 15 minutes early. Now I’m lucky to show up only 5 minutes late. Here’s the rule in our house. We say we’ll leave in 30 minutes, so in reality, we end up leaving in an hour.
Once awake, it’s a mad dash no matter how much time you think you’ve given yourself. Breakfast for the toddler, feed the baby, pack the diaper bag, etc, etc, etc. When you think you’re ready, you’ve realized you’re not dressed and your coffee is cold.
Finally you’re in the car, you look at the clock and you have 3 minutes to get to your appointment. So, for your sanity, just accept that no matter how hard you try, you will never be on time ever again. People will forgive you. It’s ok.
You Dirty Thing You
Embrace the mess. Your once clean floors, will now be covered in last nights dinner, and your shiny countertops will forever be sticky. Your living-room will be littered with toys and piles of clothes. Not to mention, the millions of animal cracker crumbs, repeatedly squished further into the carpet.
It may look like a disaster, but enjoy it. I know it sounds crazy, but without the beautiful family you created, that mess wouldn’t be there. And if you ask me, I think that’s pretty special.
Om Nom Nom
Have snacks handy. Like all the time. Easily accessible and easy to eat, (preferably healthy). I bet you think I mean for the kids right? Pfft. No. These snacks are for you my dear.
You will be too busy and too tired from taking care of everyone else all day, and making sure they eat actual meals. And believe me, you need to nourish yourself to prevent the hangry tantrums. A hangry parent, is not someone to be messed with.
Next up in my lessons learned, is a diaper bag. But not just any diaper bag. It needs to be a backpack. No joke, I walk around with a Batman backpack as my diaper bag and it’s the smartest thing I’ve ever done.
I bought a cute tote bag, one strap on the shoulder kind of deal. K…that shit didn’t fly once baby number 2 arrived. With a wiggly toddler and a new born in arm, the damn thing was constantly falling off my shoulder and getting in the way.
Na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na BATMAN BACKPACK! And I’ve never looked back.
I feel like this may be the most important lesson of them all.
Don’t. I repeat, DO NOT cut your own kids hair. (Unless you’re a hairdresser, duh). I turned my beautiful, shaggy, blond haired son into Llyod from Dumb and Dumber. I honestly couldn’t look at him without laughing. And then crying. My husband still won’t let me forget how I probably traumatized our son.
Us parents need to stick together.
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