As A Parent, I’ll NEVER… (Wanna Bet?)

2011 March 3

I’ll NEVER….
(The most taken back words in the English language)

  • … let my kid play with a BARBIE DOLL.

I mean breasts? On a doll? At age 2…? My inner feminist speeds up to mock 6, NO WAY. NOT MY KID. Yeah… That failed.

  • ... allow my child’s nose to run, it WILL be wiped clean 24/7!! What kind of parent doesn’t notice a 3yrold’s snotty face??

Um. The kind who has a younger AND an older kid also needing attention. The kind who has learned that handing a kid a tissue is so much kinder than wiping ad nauseum a poor kid’s chapped nose.

  • … force my kid to eat their veggies.

Sometimes. You just have to. FOR THEIR OWN GOOD. Carrots anyone?

And my favorite. When I was a kid I always swore: I will be a POOL mom.
You know, the kind of mom who’s IN the pool playing with the kids. My mom wasn’t much of a POOL mom. And dangit, I was going to be!

And at first I was a POOL mom. Right up until the second child was born. And then… I WASN’T. You can’t get in the pool with a 3yrold while you have a newborn. And then the third kiddo comes along and there you are again. And when I think about it… my mom had 10 kids. (I know.) And they were each about 2 years apart. (I know.) And… DUH. No wonder she wasn’t a POOL mom.

Lesson learned. You have to experience the thing to understand it. And Never make Never statements. (Whoops.)

I was talking with a friend about grandparenting. And there we were, making those statements.

‘When I’m a grandparent I’ll NEVER…” And I thought about my POOL mom lesson.

What type of a GrandParent do you intend to be?
And when you get there, why don’t you let me know how it worked out?

This is part of my SkinnyScoop series. I am not being compensated. In fact, you can get your own custom SkinnyScoop poll, or use their prompts to get you writing!

Photo by Marcel Walker.

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7 Responses
  1. March 3, 2011

    Oh, this is so me.

    “I will NEVER yell at my kids”. Good luck with that one, Mom. Talk about shooting yourself in the foot.

    Oh, and now? I am NOT a pool mom, though I swore I would be.
    I was when they both needed help in the pool, but now the Hubs can manage them if Pea is wearing her float.

    I sit on the side, smile, take a picture…and then go back to my Kindle, and blessed peace.

    The only kind of mom I know I WONT be is the kind that makes my kids eat food that I myself would never touch (liver and onions, brussels sprouts). I mean, if I make something for my husband that I don’t like, I still encourage them to try it, and I’ll still put a few on my plate to set a kind-of example, but I will never make them stay at the table until they eat all of it.

    Uh uh.
    Twitter: mommy_grrl

    • March 4, 2011

      I love the part about the food things…
      I find it funny that my kids basically dislike all the things I dislike.. like miracle whip? I am a MAYONNAISE girl all the way! 🙂

      Yeah good luck with the yelling huh?? 🙂

  2. May 25, 2011

    Love the never make never statements line. Never say never. Esp. in the parent department 🙂 Great post!
    Twitter: rajean

  3. May 25, 2011

    And the GRANDparent department too.
    I swear I never learn! 🙂 Thanks!

  4. May 26, 2011

    Great post Carissa! I catch myself saying things that I never thought I’d say like “Don’t eat that off your shoe.” or “you are going to poke your eye out!” or “stop licking the carpet!”
    Twitter: ColoScienceMom

    • May 26, 2011

      HA! I know… the carpet one is killing me. 🙂

  5. May 30, 2011

    I will NEVER lose it on Saturday mornings like my mom did while making my kids clean up.

    Yeah…I lose it almost every Saturday morning…ungrateful, spoiled, filthy creatures.
    Twitter: jet_set

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