When we are little, we totally swear that we won't make the same "mistakes" our parents made raising us.
But then the time comes to be parents ourselves...and it's not as easy as we thought it was in the first place. Nothing gives you sympathy for your own parents quite like having to become a parent in your own right.
Which is why sometimes, it's hard to keep those promises we made to ourselves.
Here were some of those answers.
I hated being a teenager, so I promised that when I had a teen of my own that I'd be the chillest parent ever and always understand. But GodDAMN, I get frustrated sometimes. And despite my best efforts, sometimes I just can't understand where they're coming from.
Housing a teen is like housing a werewolf. They can be so calm and rational until suddenly they're not. They're voraciously hungry but don't want dinner. They sleep through daylight and you find them up at 3 a.m.
Peace And Quiet
Give in to what they want for an hours peace.
Same. Sometimes I'm too tired to fight against my daughter's incessant "Snack, mummy! Snack, mummy!" and just give her the damn snack so I can have 2-3 blissful undisturbed minutes.
Mini, Yet Mighty
Drive a minivan. But damn are they smooth and convenient.
Not worrying about kids flinging doors open into parked cars reduced my stress tenfold.
Generally, my mom didn't use the, "Because I said so" excuse. But I remember one time she did and I was so annoyed and baffled by it. I promised I'd never use that excuse.
Looking back at it, the reason she used it was because I was asking to go do something I'd done a thousand times with a friend who had not. The friend would have definitely screwed it up and the friends mom was sitting there while I was asking.
"Because I said so" was a better than saying, "Because I think Mike will screw it up" in front of Mike's mom.
Worse Than Congress
Resort to bribery. Lol. I was completely ignorant.
We Have No Identity But Mom
Refer to my wife as mom.
If I call my husband by his name, so does the 2 year old. So now I call him "daddy" in the most sarcastically sexy voice I can and I think he hates it more than our daughter calling him by his first name.
Peace, For Just A Moment
Put my kids to bed when it's still light outside. I remember being put to bed during the summer and still being able to hear kids playing outside and just being so mad about that. Now 8:00 rolls around and my kids are mad that they're being put to bed when the sun is still up because they've been going full force since 6 am, and I haven't had a break all day from small humans asking me for things.
Just Wears Ya Down
I promised myself that I would always answer every question that my kids ask and that I wouod never lose my cool after the 10,000th question.
I've lost my cool once and never will again. Mostly now if I get overwhelmed I'll just say 'you sure do ask a lot of questions, buddy' and that usually shuts them up for a minute so I can take a deep breath.
Sham Trips To Prove Points
I didn't think I would be so deceptive but sometimes it's like negotiating with a Terrorist. Here ya go mamas.... I had a long road trip to go on ...13 hours to their cousins house in Oregon. I told them there would be no fighting or we weren't going. (Kids know that's an idle threat) I knew they were going to squabble and act up and I was flying solo, so I got them packed up and we started out. Not 5 minutes down the road and it started. "He's not sharing!" "That's it I told you not to fight."
Got home marched them to their rooms. A week later we left and wow not a peep! We weren't going that week anyway, my evil plan worked! You're welcome.
We Just Gotta GoGiphy
When leaving and trying to get my son to come with me, "Bye!"
Done the same lately. It gets my youngest scrambling to the front door shoes and all when she didn't take me seriously she first time. I feel that she legitimately thinks I'll leave without her, but damn does it get the job done when we're in a rush.