There will be times that you question your parenting choices. Mistakes happen to the best of us. You will have bad days that will leave you in tears telling yourself that you’re not cut out for this parenting thing, that you don’t measure up to Jessica, Sammy or Tom down the street. Middle finger up – they are bad parents too!
Parenthood is exhausting, it’s a never-ending 24/7 job that doesn’t pay and has no breaks. When I say it doesn’t pay, of course I mean monetary pay. Obviously parenting has its own rewards but it’s also filled with some of the toughest challenges. We can’t glide by life without bad days, and the unspoken mistakes that can happen in everyday lives – I call these parenting fails. Good days are normal. Bad days are normal! Hard days are normal. Life is messy – it’s not meant to be perfect every single second.
If you are having one of those bad days, cheer up – we have all been there at one time or another. For laughs, I’ll share my most favorite epic parenting fails.
- When our youngest was just a few months old, we were invited to a neighborhood BBQ a few doors down. I grabbed the then toddler and told my husband, I was headed out and to grab the baby. He thought I said I had the baby and followed shortly after me. Thirty minutes later a neighbor asked where the baby was, I looked around, look at Rick and we both knew. We forgot the baby at home asleep in his crib.
- We forgot the tooth fairy – on more than on occasion. I can’t tell you how many times the tooth fairy was too busy to come by our house or flat-out refused because bedrooms were not tidy. Damn you Tooth Fairy.
- When we celebrated our daughter’s second Christmas, we opened all the gifts on December 22 because I couldn’t wait anymore.
- We don’t put our children to bed on weekends or holidays. We let them stay awake until they start getting annoying.
- We once lost a barely 18 month old when she crawled under a sofa and fell asleep. We also spent 30 minutes looking for her.
- We bribed our young son with a quarter to eat a crayon, dog treats and other items. Let’s hope his daring side subsides before college/university.