As A Parent, I’ll NEVER… (Wanna Bet?)
(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?
Photo by Marcel Walker.