Mom Confessions: I Never Thought I Would …

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4.  Negotiate.

“Sounds silly, but my parents didn't. We just had to do what they said—we didn't' get options.” – Maria Jose Ovalle, Very Busy Mama 

“I swore I would never say ‘because I said so,' but when you're asked ‘why?' for the 15th time in a row, it becomes your answer.” – Noelle Smith

5.  Be a short-order cook.

“I said I would never make my kids separate meals. Why can't they like the same food we eat for dinner?! Before I had kids, it was easy to think ‘eat what I make or don't eat,' but then these cute (most of the time) little helpless things come out and then another. These kids can't even like the same thing, so now I make three different meals some nights.” -Elena Hinkle

“We totally struggle with separate meals, too! Some nights it's OK if we're having something super ‘kid friendly,' but most nights, I find myself making at least one thing specifically for kids. Ugh!” – Jessica Carbone, Caterpillar Family Blog 

“Definitely the ‘cereal nights.' As much as I always wanted a cooked meal on the table each night, there are some nights that it's just cereal, or mac & cheese instead.” – Hanan Webster, Eat, Craft, Parent 

“Caving in when he doesn't want to eat what we are eating and giving him something different. I swore I would never ever do this. I don't have the energy come dinner time to put up a fight.” – Erin Cranney Niemisto 

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5.  Publicize bathroom habits

“I said I would never let my kids pee outside. Now my 3-year-old pees in public pretty much anywhere. Honestly, I'm just happy he doesn't pee in his pants and he's out of a diaper.” – Crystal Rogers

“Before I had kids, I was always grossed out when friends would post about their child's potty training issues on Facebook. Now, I am totally that parent!” – Adrian Stavish (my husband)

6.  Allow snack time anytime, anywhere.

“Eating a snack while at the grocery store. Like a snack from a box/bag that I haven't yet purchased. I swore I would never be one of ‘those' parents, but if that's what I need to do to get through the store, that's what I'll do!” – Kylie Schweitzer Malack

“Have ‘picnics' on the couch. This is more of a pregnancy survival technique. It helps me get time to relax after a long day at work, and we still get to eat together.” – Stephanie Clark, Behind the Camera and Dreaming 


7.  Try bed sharing.

“I  never imagined I would be a co-sleeping parent, but I really don't mind. [I actually like] Jonah camping out in our bed a night or two a week. He rarely does it now that he's not in his crib, though. This might be a different story if he were a wiggly sleeper or a kicker.” – Stephanie Clark

“I said I would never co-sleep, and we did with all three.” – Gloria Hinkley

“I always said my kids would never sleep in the bed with me, but my oldest wakes up every night and ends up in our bed. She's 4, almost 5 now.” – Amy, Marvelous Mommy 

What before-kids parent rules did you break once you had children?  

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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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