Have you ever met the perfect parent? Well I have to say that before I had kids, I was the perfect parent. In my pre-kids era, I had a big old list of all the things my kids would never ever do, say, or wear. Here are some examples:
- My kids will always listen.
- My kids will never have boogers hanging from their nose.
- My kids will always be respectful and use “inside voices” in appropriate places and situations.
- My kids will never hang off the shopping cart crying at Target or run away from me and hide in a sea of clothes racks.
- My kids will never have meltdowns in public places.
- My kids will never jump on furniture or on each other for that matter.
- My kids will always say “please” and “thank you.”
- My kids will always be dressed neatly and will never “wear” their breakfast, lunch, or dinner or eat off of the floor.
- My kids will never push, hit, or pull the hair of another human being.
- My kids will never throw things while having a tantrum. Oh heck, my kids will never throw a tantrum.
As you can see, I had extremely high parenting expectations before I had kids. I think a lot of (first time) parents do. But now that they’re here in the flesh, I have succumbed to the reality that I can’t control everything. My family is not perfect. The best I can do is teach my kids right from wrong, instill proper values into their lives, and above all else, love them unconditionally. Oh and hope for the best.