We're all perfect parents before we have kids, aren't we? We tend to think, "When Ihave kids, I'll always/never [insert random thing here]..." Here's a list of 6 things I swore before having Bean that I broke by the time he was 6 months.
1. No screen time before 2 years old
Thank the stars for YouTube and Baby Einstein. And a large data plan for long car trips with a kid who hates his car seat. (Also look up Baby Got Colic. Lifesaver.)
2. I will Not be used as a pacifier
When Bean is inconsolable any other way and refuses a pacifier, you'd better believe I'm more than willing to, as some say, pop a boob in his mouth.
3. Exercise daily
For real, yoga a few times a week is a good week for me.
4. Keep up with all the housework and have dinner on the table every night
BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAJMOGCEWJJLWQBWAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!!! (Why, yes, that is me laughing and crying simultaneously)
5. I wouldn't count my child's age by months
I know, it's annoying to anyone who doesn't currently have a child/grandchild under 24 months (that's exactly 2 years, btw). It was annoying to me, too, until I actually had a kid and discovered the leaps and bounds children under 2 make in a single month. Don't worry, if you ask his age and I don't know you, I'll spare you the weeks, days, hours, and minutes.
6. Wear baby all the time
Not always possible when your kid HATES being wrapped on your back and you don't have an SSC and you don't have the strength or patience after 10 tries.
In breaking my list of ideals, though, I've learned something important. These aren't the things that make me a good parent (or a bad one for breaking them). The things that make us good parents are that we love him unconditionally, he stays clean(ish), and he's fed, sheltered, clean-diapered, and happy. And, in the end, these are the only things that really matter.
Mama Bear of one Baby Bear, Bean, who both love Papa Bear, and live in a crafty, gluten-free cozy den.