Mom Confessions: I Never Thought I Would …

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When I was single and childless, I had a long list of things I would never EVER do when I had kids. My kids would always have clean faces, never eat in the car, and would not have a cup holder on their car seat. After all, kids can survive without having a drink while we drive around town, right? It turns out that kids wear you down. Five years and three children later, all of my “nevers” have turned to “we do that, but so what?” My kids are happy, healthy, and the loves of my life. It turns out other moms also broke their “my kids will always, my kids will never” rules. I loved learning what other moms let slide in order to survive the early child-rearing years.

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1. Let them run like heathens.

“Yeah. My kids totally do. As long as we are either the only people there or out of the way, they can run. Most interestingly, there were three main themes: TV as entertainment, mealtime battles, and sleep.” – Kit Jenkins

2.  Watch tv.

“I still feel guilty every time I turn it on so I can actually accomplish something during the day, like, say make them food to eat.” – Sarah Venable

“Having them watch movies!!!!! I NEVER wanted my kids to watch TV at all until they were at least 2. (Bwhahahahahahaahaha.)” – Nadine Medina

3.  Use disposable diapers.

“I didn't want to use disposable diapers and even bought the g diapers, yet, after the first liquid blowout, we ran for the disposables and never looked back!” – Cheryl Boiverst Worswick


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Mom Confessions: I Never Thought I Would …

Mindi is a working mom with three boys ages 4, 2, and an infant (born June 2013). She spent her first 8 years of her career in Speech-Language Pathology at a Children's Hospital. She currently works with adults and children in home health. The real fun for her happens when she is at home with her boys, chasing them around and pretending to be a super hero. She blogs about life as a working mom at Simply Stavish. Her weekly feature, Words in the Sand, teaches parents how to grow their child's s ... More

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  1. Vanessa says:

    I didn’t allow my daughter to watch TV until I started online schooling. I felt so guilty that I shouldn’t have her watch TV but then she started learning. I would read to her, point out the colors all around us, count very thing and with the TV shows reinforcement; she slowly started speaking. She joins along with the shows acts out the dance routines and memorizes the songs. Now, she barely turned 3 and I’m shocked by how well she speaks for example: “Ruben, can I have some pop-tarts? Please!” Maybe, TV isn’t too bad.

  2. ovation says:

    Electronics! I swore I would not let my kids be plugged into all the tablets, leapfrog, cell phone ect. But grandma got my 4 yr old a kid friendly parental controls tablet for his bday. I do control how much he plays it a day but I can’t tell you how nice it is to go to the grocery store and get in and out without constantly having to keep him entertained so he behaves. I don’t have 2 tell him to stop running or keep him by me. He stays in the cart quietly playing his games. THANK YOU GRANDMA!

  3. Angie says:

    Thanks for sharing, #pumpkin! My mom was a very stern and severe with my brother and I, and is continually harping about things that I “should do” with my LO. Grrrr… Children are inherently good and don’t need to be treated harshly, just consistently. I also want to let my boy set the tempo, because I know that every child is unique and should be treated as such. But my confession? Breastfeeding and breastfeeding in public, proudly! I find it hilarious that they only people who audibly object to my providing organic nutrition to my son are young people. My family is rather reserved, and always ask me to use a cover… no way! I am slowly winning over DH, but I don’t think my dear mom will ever budge. She is extremely uptight!

  4. Marie says:

    Spank! There’s definitely a right way and a wrong way to deliver corporal punishment. I grew up with the wrong way and swore I would never spank. Now I’m a firm believer in appropriate spanking.

  5. Amber says:

    I have to admit I don’t let me 2 yr old b picky. She eats wat she wants on her plate and feeds the dog the rest.

  6. pumpkin says:

    i had to come to the website so i none of my family would know but we (used to) bedshare….

    we kind of dont do it anymore (he used to sleep in my arms but we have worked him to sleeping in his crib pushed right against our bed with the one side slide-able access for particularly difficult nights

    i was told since we didnt teach our son to self soothe by 3 months we were horrible parents…. on his own he decided to start doing it on his own at just under a year… i dont regret what we have done one bit and we are still there when he needs us but yeah that is one confession that is still a secret to all of the family 😉

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