The amount of diapers a tiny baby goes through is unfathomable. When you first become parents, you can’t even imagine its possible for this tiny thing to produce that much poo, but there it is. No one can prepare you for that, and it SMELLS.

This one is tricky because you feel bad even thinking about it, but you will bump their head on occasion. Those little nails are a nightmare to cut, so you might end up nipping a bit of skin every now and then. It’s all normal and has happened to the best of us.

You would want to have things under control when you go out at the least. You might. Your baby might have other plans. You cant plan for diaper blowouts. You cant plan for baby throwing up because he put something in his mouth when you got up to get a glass of water.

Older kids will just tell a stranger that you haven’t showered in 4 days or didn’t brush your teeth this morning—no way around that.

On the way back from anywhere, they fall asleep in the car, and you assume that they are gone for the night. You believe you can quietly pick them up and put them in bed. Usually, that’s a bust. They get home and its party time.

When you go shopping with younger kids, you can keep them in the shopping trolly. You hand them a toy or candy, and they enjoy the ride. Then they get older, and they realize they can get off and walk around. The whole ball game changes after that. All you do is run around after them. Nobody tells you to keep them in that shopping cart for as long as you possibly can.

No matter where they are, no matter what they are doing, they will know, and they will want everything at that moment.

Have you ever asked your child not to tell their father or their mother something? How did it go? They always tell you in those books to present a united front, which you always should. Sometimes, you just have to say,” don’t tell baba.” Rest assured, the second you say that, they will run to baba and tell him.

You will eat all of your kids’ leftovers. Anything they leave in their plates goes in

 your mouth.

Everything has to go on the fridge or will have to be saved. They will remind you constantly, and ask to see where you have put those things. You will have to appreciate pieces of junk as absolute art. Parenting is mostly acting, start practicing it you’re not already.

Children are ruthless. It’s easy to say that we need to ignore them and move on because they don’t know what they are saying, but it is tough to do that in the moment. So, yes, you will get angry at their rude comments, sometimes no matter how calm you have decided to stay. Be confident that they also need your discipline; not everything can be ignored.

Nothing helps. Its okay to skip a day or so.

This one makes us all cry ugly tears. There’s laundry, dishes, cooking, many of us have other children and adults to take care of, sure you can ignore all that but who can sleep with all that mess laying around. If you can, teach us your ways.

They will feel the urge very urgently when there are no bathrooms around. It will happen. Be prepared.

Just do it.

You are not failing as a parent, you are right on track. Potty training is hard on all parents. Cut yourself some slack.

Don’t blame yourself and don’t blame the child either. Gradually it will get better and eventually it will completely stop. You wont read this in general parenting books but we can recommend books on these topics. Let us know in the comments.

Make sure they know they are loved; the rest is just detail.

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