Parenting is hard. You are never 100% ready to be a parent. Being a mom has been challenging. I’ll never say it was easy – because it wasn’t.
There is no instruction manual that comes with being a parent. I cried – a lot. I freaked out. I laughed, I smiled and most importantly I adjusted.
I’m not a perfect parent, far from it to be honest. I’m just trying to survive this whole parenting thing one day at a time. Let’s be serious for a minute, I’m just one cuss word away from being one total hot mess on the crazy train.
It took me a really long time to realize that parenting comes with mistakes and that there is no requirement for every little aspect in life to be picture-perfect. The fact is, picture-perfect only exists in the movies. If I’m going to survive this parenting thing – I am going to do it my way.
There are so many different types of parents in today’s world and each with their own rewards and challenges. I admit it, when it comes to parenting I’m lazy. Lazy doesn’t mean bad. I am not being uncaring or negligent to my children. The kids are clean, fed, clothed and for the most part – happy! If you are looking to curve the parenting guidelines or just want more time to browse Facebook, follow my parenting made easy-guide.
Don’t Cater To Them
I’m not some fancy chef hired to cater meals to the taste buds of my children. I can’t please both heathens at the same time. This kitchen does not have a revolving door. There are only two options – eat or starve!!
I’m kidding, I’m not actually going to let them starve, I’m sure there are crackers somewhere in the pantry. While, I’m not prepared to make additional food on request, they can fend for themselves eating left overs or anything else they can actually find that is not expired or gross in the fridge. They eat a lot of cereal and PB sandwiches.
Unless someone is crying or bleeding, ignore them. I hear ‘mom’ about 2,345, 765 times a day – I kid you not. They often call me for the most ridiculous weirdest things. My kids will walk right past their father to track me down in the bath tub to tell me that they are bored crazy or that the dog farted. I mean seriously, call me when one of you have fallen down the stairs. I’ll make some popcorn and you can entertain me for once.
Trial and Error
If you’re children are anything like mine, they know EVERYTHING. Don’t chase after them when they ‘forget’ something. Experience is the best teaching tool. My daughter once refused to wear a winter hat on her head and snow boots. I didn’t chase after her or nag her, instead I left Mother Nature do what she does best – and froze her out. It took just a day or two for the Snow Princess to plop on that winter hat and those snow boots on her travels.
It’s the easiest way to get my children to do what I need them to do without sulking. One night my son refused to shower after his hockey practice. He had planned to play the video game in his room. I needed him to take a shower. He smelled – badly. I suggested that if he wanted to play the video game tonight that he should shower or the video game was off-limits. Truth is, the video game is in his room and he has unlimited access – trick was on him that night. Okay, this could also be classified under manipulation and/or bribery.
If you ever want some silence in your household, turn the television on and let your child sit and enjoy the current episode of Paw Patrol, or whatever new trending show is currently annoying parents these days. There is no such thing as too much TV and despite what you may have heard the television will not rot their brains. The television has been an efficient tool for generations. You’d be amazed at how much cleaning can get done with an hour of pure silence.
Do you have any easy resources to help make parenting a little easier as we all just try to pull it together long enough to make it through one more day?