“You’re going to miss this”, “One day you will wish they were little again” or “Don’t wish it away”. How many times as a mom of young kids has this been said to you? And how many of those times did you cringe thinking they didn’t know what they were talking about? Or leave feeling guilty thinking somehow you were doing this parenting gig wrong since you weren’t enjoying every single moment of the day?
Now don’t get me wrong, I ADORE my kids. And honestly, I enjoy MOST days. But let’s be honest. I don’t LOVE every moment of every day and I don’t enjoy parenting every single day. As a matter of fact, when I look back over my life there is not one single stage that I 100% enjoyed. While high school can be some of the best times of our lives, did we enjoy every part of it? Ha! Yeah right! College…nope. Marriage….um yeah, sure. So, why parenting? Why do we put pressure on ourselves to savor every moment? Why do we allow others to dictate what we should or should not be enjoying?
Not anymore! I’m a mom of three kids who will turn 4, 6, and 8 this summer and I’m going to live in the moment. I’m going to love the parts I love and I will accept the not so great parts as just part of the ride. As parts of the journey that I will celebrate when they end. We question ourselves enough as moms so I’m not going to add to the list of reasons for mom guilt. So here are 5 things that I will not miss as a mom! And I won’t apologize for hating this part of parenting.
I absolutely loathe potty training. Like I seriously hate it. I would rather take a bottle, pacifier, sleep train…anything but potty training. It is a constant mess! You are frustrated because you feel they aren’t trying, they are frustrated because they just can’t get it and you both want to give up the entire time. I know each child is different but while one kid of mine was easier than the others, it was still pretty awful. Goodbye diapers!!
Hearing my name yelled from another room
Okay, so here’s the thing. Unless you are seriously injured or a snake/large spider is at your feet, there is really no need for you to call at me like an animal. If you are yelling for someone to come, it better be the dog! Right? I’m working on teaching my kids to ALWAYS get up and walk to me. My house is not that big so I can’t be that hard to find. We aren’t quite there yet but I will sure be glad when we are. Experienced moms….please tell me this does in fact end?
This speaks for itself….no explanation needed.
I know I may sound like a terrible mom but I hate bubbles. For us everyone ends up sticky and it seems that bugs just love that stuff. Yuck! Don’t worry I am not robbing them of their childhood by not blowing bubbles. I do it anyway but I won’t really be sad when they can enjoy bubbles on their own. Party pooper, I know.
Mom: Get your shoes on please. Get your shoes on. Guys, get your shoes on. GET YOUR SHOES ON!!!
Kids: Gosh, mom. Are you in a bad mood?
Does this ever happen to anyone else? If you say no then please feel free to share your secrets in the comments below. J I’m sure this one is not going to end anytime soon but maybe it gets a little better with age? Oh God! What if it gets worse?
There are SO MANY things to love about parenting and the good far outweighs the bad but I think it is important to know that it is okay if you are having a bad day, your kids are getting on your nerves or that there are some things about being a parent that you just don’t like. Don’t add unnecessary pressure to what is already a really tough job. Let’s just keep it real and just be us. The good and the bad.
So in that effort to keep it real, I thought I would just share some of my not so favorite things about parenting.
If you are having a rough day, take a deep breath mommas! You are not alone and you are doing GREAT!
Hope everyone has a fun day free of their parenting pet peeves!
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