As part of lovely Learner Mama’s linky, I’ve put together ten random things I’ve learned about parenting. They apply to me; they may not apply to everyone. But I wish my pre-mother self had known some of them. Or maybe that would take the fun out of it…
1. Nothing you can buy or do will make your baby sleep through the night. A bear with a beating heart or giving porridge for tea might have worked for your friend, but it doesn’t mean it will work for you. Sometimes you just have to wait.
2. Puréed carrot doesn’t wash out of white tops
3. TV just might save your life (if your child isn’t into TV: you can train them)
4. The one-year-old who eats everything may grow into a four-year-old who will only eat plain pasta and bananas.
5. Not every parent is good at baking or crafting with kids (and that’s OK, they won’t end up in therapy)
6. The one time your child sleeps through, you will be woken by the house alarm going off or a party next door or just the eerie, unfamiliar silence of a sleeping child
7. There’s an unwritten rule that the first holiday with a child is a complete shock to the system and after that, parents lower their expectations
8. Glitter is the enemy of sanity
9. There is no problem that can’t be solved by an impromptu kitchen disco (and it almost makes up for all the nights out you’re not having anymore)
10. Kids’ll drive you mad, but they’re actually pretty cool too
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27 thoughts on “Ten things I’ve learned about parenting”
Number 6! That one! Yes.
I fully support impromptu kitchen discos. In fact, I’d vote for them in the local elections 🙂
Mind The Baby recently posted…Looking for something to do with the family in Dublin this Easter?
LMAO at kitchen discos in the local elections (which maybe isn’t exactly what you meant but I know you’d go for it 🙂 )
A fantastic list! Nodding away! Similar thoughts on glitter and carrot purée!! Thanks for taking part!
Lucy recently posted…Lessons in Motherhood: Ten random things I have learnt as a mother [Linky]
Loved taking part – thanks for the invite and for your list that inspired me! Especially your number 1…it FREAKED me out when it first happened
No 7. Nooooooooo!!! Don’t say it’s truuue!! I’ve waited over a year for this holiday!
Erm…no, your holiday is going to be AMAZING. It will involve lie-ins, cocktails, and lying by the pool reading books for hours on end. Honest.
Great list.Kitchen discos are awesome!!
Aedín recently posted…7 awesome things about babies
They are the best. We had Spin up to highest volume this evening, and the four of us just went for it 🙂
I love your kitchen!
Thanks!!!! I do to – it’s new
Really great list, I can totally agree with all of them! The Frozen Soundtrack is our music of choice for kitchen discos at the mo! 🙂
Ciara @ Our Little House in the Country recently posted…Simple Outdoor Fun and Games – My Country Kids at Play!
Nodding away while straining to see what I assume is your new kitchen, swanky! Looks brilliant and I’m sure it was worth the hassle….maybe an update post should be written for your nosier readers!!!
I am definitely planning a before and after post, just because I love looking at before and after photos!
Great list. I think we share the same parenting standards! I am particularly pleased to see Number 5 included, and my children loved their lessons in “growing to love television in a room without their mother sitting beside them” and were surprisingly fast learners.
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Yes! I often hear people saying “well, my two year old isn’t interested in TV” and I really want to say “I promise you, put them on front of it and they’ll be addicted before you know it” Of course I don’t 🙂
We LOVE kitchen discos in this house 🙂
looking for Blue Sky recently posted…Time poverty and shopping around
I know you do!!!
Oh, I LOVE your window seat! So much light!
And no. 7, so very much. (Sorry Suzy. Yours excepted.)
Maud recently posted…Frozen, the art project
I love it too! The four of us sat there for an hour yesterday reading cook books, it was one of the loveliest things we’ve done to chill out ever.
And yes, Suzy’s holiday will be fab and if it’s not, we’ll all get to read a very funny account of it 😉
All so very true!!! I have to say the kitchen disco is definitely one of my favourite problem solvers!!
Louise recently posted…My Home Improvement Bug; On a Very Tight Budget
Yep – it’s like you don’t even have to say anything, just tun on the music!
Love this list! Best bit about the kitchen disco is how much you can embarrass your kids when you decide to show them all your cool moves!
I totally agree with number ten!
Naomi Lavelle recently posted…Ten things that parenting has taught me
My kids think I’m a great dancer, which is just brilliant. Nobody has ever thought that before. As long as we keep the hall door closed, we can all be pop stars 🙂
Isn’t it a good idea to limit it to just ten things? Otherwise you’d be on number 76 and counting!! I particularly agree with numbers 1, 4, 8 & 10.
Wonderful Wagon recently posted…A Week in Dinners.
Initially I was trying to think of actual, important things I’ve learned – tips I could pass on. And I only got to five!!!! So I figured a lighter post would be easier 😉
Glitter and Moon Sand (whoever invented it needs a slap!! ) And kitchen discos are a must , my SIL brought me a glitter ball for such things 🙂
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oh I forgot about moon sand – we had that once. Like you, I just remember thinking “but why?” 🙂
We have a glitter ball too! Might not go so far as hanging it in my kitchen but we’ll see….
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