On The Tenth Day of Parenting – How I Thought I Would Parent and How I Actually Do!

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Today I’m sharing with you what I thought about parenting before I actually became a parent. I think I’ve written about this before, but my pregnancy with Bean was unplanned. I wasn’t geared up to be a mother – I didn’t really know what to expect and I hadn’t made any plans. I was though, typically critical of other people’s parenting methods already!

My child would not have a dummy I said. After four weeks I was desperate for her to take a dummy! She had one until she was two and a half in the end. It beat the endless crying!

My child will not watch TV I said. Again, it only took a couple of months for me to realise that sitting her in front of MTV made her stop crying for 20 minutes so I could get stuff done!

My child will sit properly at the dinner table I said. Well, there is next to no hope of any of them doing this, although I do still try very hard to make them!

I’ll be back at work in 6 months I said. Little did I know how heartbreaking I would find that, and I couldn’t go back in the end.

I am sure that we are all like this – we make judgements of other people’s parenting and it’s only when we realise just how hard it is do we understand that we are all just trying to survive! Of course, I still inwardly criticise other people’s choices though – don’t we all?!

Do you parent different to how you thought you would?

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  1. December 22, 2015 / 10:56 am

    I always said they’d eat at the table but have found myself letting them eat the odd snack in the living room.Instant regret!! x

  2. December 24, 2015 / 4:36 am

    Love how you laid this out. And my my, can lots of us relate. We would do the dinner table eating thing if my dinning table wasn’t full of things that needs to be sorted, filed, or chucked out. I thought I’ll be back at work in no time, but in the end, I was thankful for the year’s maternity leave that the government allows. We keep trying hey. 🙂 #12daysofparenting

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