Oh, To Be A Mom!
Posted March 29, 2011on:
My youngest daughter and her husband are about to have their first baby in a few weeks. We are thrilled. While final planning is in process and all of the wonderful baby “things” are getting set, I am listening to and loving being part of the discussions on the parenting “style” prep.
I’d like to share some excerpts from a wonderful Parenting Magazine article titled “The Best-Laid Plans” by H. Robinson. It seems so fitting. I laugh every time I read it…Because it is just so true!
I hope you will enjoy!
- Before Kids: “We shouldn’t add to the destruction of the environment by buying disposable diapers. I will buy cloth diapers and wash and dry them each day myself.”
- After Kids: “They were having a sale on economy-size diapers, so I bought out the store!”
- Before Kids: “If you introduce kids to junk food, they will crave it and demand it for their sweet tooth. I’ll be giving my children only fruit for dessert.”
- After Kids: “Okay, okay. You can have some of mommy’s Milky Way. But only a tiny bit. “
- Before Kids: “Once you give into whining, it becomes a tough habit to break. You just can’t give into that sort of thing. Ever.”
- After Kids: “Okay, okay. You can have some of mommy’s Milky Way. But only a tiny bit.”
- Before Kids: “When you don’t tell your children the truth, it sends the wrong message.”
- After Kids: “I’m sorry, sweetie, but McDonald’s is closed again today.”
- Before Kids: “Children are overwhelmed by the fancy toys these days. I’m going to buy my children solid wooden blocks and “open ended” toys that will stretch their cognitive and motor skills.”
- After Kids: “Happy Birthday, sweetie! Here’s your Titanic Barbie!”
- Before Kids: “The best disciplinary tactics are calm responses – anger should never be a factor.”
- After Kids: “That’s it! You are grounded for life!”
- Before Kids: “Bribing kids to behave starts a cycle of misbehavior that’s hard to escape. It’s better to make clear rules and let them know that they are expected to obey them.”
- After Kids: “If you’re patient for a little while longer, sweetie, you can have all of mommy’s Milky Way.”
“Change is inevitable – except from a vending machine.” ~Robert C. Gallagher
-Kate Dust, EduKids Education Director