Confession #305: Sometimes I want to prove to those that “know it all”, that they actually know NOTHING by giving them my kids for a week.
I’ve figured it out!
I have figured out the secret to parenting!
Do you want to hear it?
Ok, I’ll tell you.
Listen VERY carefully because if this secret gets around then grammas will lose all power to give “advice” and mothers in law will never again be able to torment their daughters in law with the “correct” way of doing things.
Now, seriously, pay attention because I have 3 kids and I grow weary of repeating myself:
The secret is to stop.
Stop thinking there’s a secret that every other mom out there got and you were left out. I’ve got news for you- there’s no secret club, no secret handshake, and the closest thing to a secret password is “Good night”. Your mom and mother in law DO NOT know more than you. Sure, they’ve had their kids- and one of them must have been amazing enough to either have grown up to be you or to marry you, but seriously, that’s where their insight stops. Every child is different, and although they might have gotten their newborn to sleep through the night right after coming home from the hospital, breastfed effortlessly, had all of their children potty trained before they could put two words together, and were able to train all of their children to say “please” and “thank you” by the time they were 2- months, that is- it doesn’t mean squat. #1, memories fade, and just like fishermen describing the fish that got away, mom stories tend to take on a life of their own the older their children get. (Need more evidence about that? Read HERE.)
Ya know, when my boys were born, they latched on the moment they popped out. Practically jumped on the boob!
Ya know, when you were a child, I had you potty trained by the time you could walk- in fact, you took your first steps on the way to the potty!
You’re going to run into trouble if you don’t get that child to start sleeping through the night. All my boys slept through the night from the first night they were born- 8 p.m. to 8 a.m.!
Seriously? Lets stop the madness, shall we? The secret to parenting- like I said, I’ve cracked the code, people- is to stop denying that its hard and to just deal. I’m not going to continue to listen to all the advice- if you can call it such- of those that have gone on before me, for a multitude of reasons (not the least of which being that I think most of my forebearers are currently on crack). Its usually not advice at all, but degrading comments wrapped up in a pretty packaging that shines brightly on their own parenting history.
#2-I’m my kiddos’ mom, and I know my kids and what they are and are not capable of- although someday I’ll probably come up with my own wacked out stories… oh, I’m sorry, “Mommytales”. I know that no matter how much fun I make his bed seem, the Mini Master will still see it as a punishment and will fight with every fiber of his being to keep out of it. I know that Bug is, well, Bug, and he’s bright and funny, but he also fails to understand that his brothers are his BROTHERS, not his maids. I know that Camo is a boy- not a patient with ADHD- and no amount of drugs is going to change that.
Well, maybe an amount, but nothing that would be good or legal.
In fact, if I was to pinpoint the ONE thing they ALL have in common? Its that NONE of them are cookie cutter versions of either of their brothers, and I’ve had to change up my parenting style to fit each one. Well, that, and I think the exhaustion level has increased.
These are the things that I know.
I think the main issue with parenting is when you have “those that have been there” coming to tell you everything you’re doing wrong. It begins to make you question your own parenting skills and you start to wonder if there’s something wrong with your kids-or yourself- which actually CAN cause major problems.
I’m just all fired up because, apparently, I know nothing as a mom. I’m doing it all wrong because my 2 1/2 year old still insists on sleeping with us and the other two are boys- active, forgetful, and rough.
And, to my amazement, not allowing any of them to die thus far doesn’t win me a mommy award. Heck, it doesn’t even put me into the running for one!
Oh, btw, sorry if you only started to read this because you thought I knew it all. I don’t.
However, if you’re still searching for the secret, I’m sure there are a multitude of moms, mother in laws, and Grammas out there just DYING to tell you their “secret”…