Friday, March 21, 2008

Day 21: What I Believed Before I Became a Parent

1. That no child of mine would even know what a television DOES before her third birthday.

2. That I would never, ever stoop to potty-training with M&Ms.

3. That kids meals in restaurants are revolting and kids should be happy to eat adult food.

4. That parents who carried baby wipes around were just control freaks.

5. That once kids are talking, it's fairly easy to reason with them.

6. That kids who stand up and turn around in restaurant booths, the better to pull my hair, have parents who don't believe in discipline.

7. That there was no reason for preschool as long as one parent stayed at home.

8. That watching my brother pull a giant booger out of my niece's nose with his fingers was the most disgusting thing I'd ever witnessed.

9. That it would be fairly easy to keep a tidy house with children, as long as the children were taught early how to pick up their own mess.

10. That parenthood is hard, but would bring a deep level of satisfaction to each day, and all activities that once seemed mundane would now be filled with meaning.


Mary and Paul said...

This is a great list!

I can so relate to #6. I used to get so annoyed at those "Booth Invaders."

Love the last one, too!



Jen said...

Oh, wow. I can so totally identify with each and every one of these!

I'd add one about how people with children occasionally have time for themselves. ;-)

Miss J

Type (little) a said...


@ Every Single One.

What smug assholes we once were

Caroline said...

Yep, yep, yep. :)

Except for the one about the kids' menu -- sorry to say I have always thought that mac n' cheese, corn dogs, and chicken fingers were yummy. ;)

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

As the mother of slightly *older* children, may I add this?

Teenagers that get in trouble just aren't being properly supervised.

Jenn said...

Funny funny funny AND SO TRUE!!!

Where is the next list on what you now know since you became a parent?

Cheri said...

Parenting is so humbling.

Sam said...

@JennatJugglingLife: Oh, you're scaring me now! :)

@Jenn: What a great idea--thanks! :)