My favorite podcast, "One Bad Mother" regularly features parenting genius moments, where parents call in and share their moments of triumph over their tiny hordes. In that spirit, I present to you 12 parents sharing their own genius moments and helpful tips that they had to learn the hard way.
I knew everything about parenting until my children were born. Then I knew nothing. Well, maybe not nothing, but a lot of my preconceived notions were turned upside down. There were still certain ideals I aspired to--commitments made within my mind and heart--but for various reasons I've fallen short. While I know perfect parenting doesn't exist I feel accountable to those ideals. And so, there are aspects of my parenting I downplay because my intention is still to do these wonderful things. I asked other moms if they experienced this too and several bravely confessed. Click through and see if you relate to any of these little white parenting lies we tell.
When my husband and I married five years ago, things were much different than they are now. We were two people, relishing in our relationship as a small family unit. We were sexy, in love ... and not parents.
When you become a parent, there are long days and sleepless nights and a severe lack of life rafts to buoy you up when it seems, at times, that the world is falling apart around you. Thank you, coffee, for being my life raft.
Since my daughter, Annie, was born, my wife and I have dedicated our lives to her. From soothing her in the middle of the night to taking her to Disneyland, all of the effort has made me feel like a pretty great parent. But then something dawned on me the other day: she likely won't have any memories of these first few years!
Back in my super-broke days, I used a dollar store pregnancy test to find out I was pregnant with my first son.Did it feel just a little bit sketchy? Yes. Was it effective? You tell me: the kid's now two and a half.
My second child has received a completely different sort of parenting than my first. It’s a hard thing to admit, that I’m not “fair.” Slowly, though, I’ve come to realize that it’s okay that my second doesn’t have my full attention all the time.
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