We’ve all been there.
Young adults who thought we had it all figured out. We watched shows like Supernanny, or perhaps had a babysitting or nanny job that taught us all we needed to know. We knew, we just KNEW the answers. And then we said silly (ahem – stupid) comments about mothers, and what they should or should not be doing.
I wish I could slap my 20 year old self. Like for real. There should be a warning sent out to all young adults, to hold your tongue. Because you really have no idea. Like…none.
I am not going into what prompted me to write this article, let’s just say I had some of those comments thrown back at me by someone who didn’t know me. The comments upset me at first, but then they made me laugh. I was dying as I looked at this woman’s photos filled with cats – and it hit me. That woman was ME. Me 15 years ago. It all comes back around, doesn’t it?
Things we said Pre-Kids, that we wish we could Take Back.
I started talking to my friends, and it turns out I wasn’t alone. We all knew better 15 years ago, didn’t we? So here goes. Things we said pre-kids that we wish we could take back! We’ve all done it.
Saying to the mother who is buying the same product for all 3 of her kids, oh my god they can’t share? When I have kids… Insert hand smack on face.
Why can’t you control your kids in the grocery store? When I have kids… Insert Hand Smack on face.
I read in a book that when your kids throw a tantrum in the store you are supposed to just leave your shopping cart filled with stuff, and leave the store with your child… Insert hand smack on face.
Teach your kids to sleep with noise!!! Insert hand smack on face.
I will never yell at my kids… Insert hand smack on face.
I will never let my kids sleep in the bed with me… Insert hand smack on face.
I will never let my kids just cry it out… Insert hand smack on face.
I will never let my kids watch too much TV… Insert hand smack on face.
I will never let my kids look like slobs in public… Insert hand smack on face.
I will always shower daily. I will never be one of those moms that doesn’t take care of herself… Insert hand smack on face.
My kid will never use a pacifier… Insert hand smack on face.
Who’s the parent??? Insert hand smack on face.
I will never let my kids eat fast food… Insert hand smack on face.
I will not let my kids eat in the car… Insert hand smack on face.
I will never do or say what my mother does or says… Insert hand smack on face.
I will not use my spit to clean my child’s face… Insert hand smack on face.
There is no reason for not wearing high heels and putting on mascara… Insert hand smack on face.
Shall I go on?
Now granted, this is a compiled list from a bunch of friends and the silly things we said back when we didn’t know any better. And the insert hand smack on face was meant for the forehead like a ‘doh’ moment. But really – when you are saying things to a Mother who is at her wits end and hasn’t slept in weeks…a hand smack is probably her natural response. She is being gracious by turning the other cheek.
Like I said before – we have all been there. We all thought we knew better. And now we know we didn’t.
What are some of the things YOU said that you laugh at now?