When you’re a new parent, you make a lot of mistakes. They’re usually not life-threatening. No, they’re garden variety “I wore a white shirt to introduce sweet potato to the baby” type of things. You know. Annoying, but the kind of thing you learn from and laugh about later on.
Sometimes, it seems like I just can’t learn my lesson. I mean, how many white shirts can fall victim to the dreaded sweet potato? (Answer: at least six.) In the spirit of authenticity, I’m sharing five parenting mistakes I just can’t stop making. Go ahead, mom shame me.
1. Sending the baby out in white on rainy days.
Critter is almost a toddler now, and she sure acts like one. You know what that means? An independent streak and a penchant for exploring her surroundings. I love encouraging her natural curiosity, but I’m notoriously bad about forgetting to check the weather. That cute white dress? It’s a brown dress now. Embrace the mud, because it’s sure not coming out.
2. Wearing black at snack time.
What? Black should hide stains so much better than that white dress I sent her out to play in. This is true, and it does. But Critter’s favorite snack is banana, and banana stains white. At lunchtime, we wear white.
3. Forgetting to buy bananas.
I hate bananas, and Justin doesn’t eat them regularly. When I’m out and about, I rarely think to grab some. This is a big mistake. If we walk past the bananas without grabbing any, Critter lunges out of the cart screaming “ba ba ba” at the top of her lungs. The big bin of bananas at Aldi? Baby heaven. If she’s not with me, I often don’t pick any up at all. This is also a mistake, because there’s nothing worse than an angry toddler who is out of bananas.
4. Not packing a sippy cup.
“But we’re just driving to the store,” I say, “there’s no need for a sippy cup. We’ll only be gone ten minutes.” Wrong. So wrong. Those ten minutes will be the thirstiest minutes of your kid’s life, even if they just downed a whole sippy before you left. A kid without a sippy will always suddenly develop the thirst of a parched camel. There’s a scientific explanation for it, I’m sure.
5. Expecting to nap when the baby naps.
Everyone tells you to nap when the baby naps. In the eleven months my child has been on this earth, I have snuck in maybe five naps while she naps. Whenever she lays down for a nap, I think to myself “this would be the perfect time to sleep.” But I can’t, as I stare at the ceiling and ponder how much time it’s going to take to scrub banana out of my clothes. You’d think I would have given up on this pipe dream of napping, but I remain stubbornly optimistic. One day, I will sleep.
Parenting is an adventure. It’s a learning experience, and you’re bound to mess up every now and then. What are a few parenting mistakes you made more than once?