Welcome to the tenth day of my #12daysofparenting posts! A big hello if you have come over from Picking Up Toys. We have some great prizes to giveaway – simply enter via the Rafflecopter widget below. Full details and terms and conditions can be found here.
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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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