Mom Confessions: I Never Thought I Would …
“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
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?