Sometimes, parenting is…

by Ginger on November 11, 2015

in Mom Thoughts

…spending money on clothes for the kid instead of clothes for you.

…realizing you’ve made more peanut butter and jelly sandwiches than you can even count anymore.

…finding toys, snacks, and one single kid sized sock in your purse.

…being proud of your kid  for working hard and accomplishing something difficult.

…waking up to someone whisper shouting “CAN YOU MAKE ME BREAKFAST?”

…being so proud you’re surprised you aren’t glowing when your kid does something kind or selfless.

…holding your breath while you figure out if the injury is the “walk it off” type, or the “crap, we’re heading to the ER” type.

…saying “don’t put that in your mouth” more than you ever thought possible.

…little arms around your neck (or leg, or belly. Sometimes hugs come from odd  angles).

…little lips on your cheek.

…crying in the dark because you feel like you’re failing.

…forgetting to buy seasonally appropriate clothes.

…wanting to pull your hair out because you’ve had to repeat yourself a million times.

…wondering if the time out/nap/bedtime is more for their benefit or yours.

…knowing the theme song to more inane cartoons than you even knew when YOU were a kid.

…feeling your heart drop to your stomach when you see them get hurt.

…wanting to pummel other kids who hurt their feelings.

…stepping on another. damn. lego.

…counting down the minutes until bedtime.

…hearing your parents come out of your mouth.

…having really strong feelings about cartoon characters.

…feeling a weird mix of awe and joy when you see your best traits in your kid.

…feeling an even weirder mix of awe and horror when you see your worst traits in your kid.

…wondering why no one ever told you how often you’d have to say something like “no honey, I don’t want to see your butt again*.” *insert body part du jour

…thinking “I thought I was DONE with homework in this life.”

…finally understanding that kids are what make parents lame and old.

…marveling every time you watch your kid learn something new.

…snuggling in the dark, talking about your kid’s day, and realizing he’s an awesome little person, and wishing there was a way to record the *feeling* of the moment to replay back when you feel like you’re making an absolute mess of everything.

april November 12, 2015 at 5:32 am

So many highs and lows in parenting. It’s a good thing most of the times the highs far outweigh the lows!

Julie November 12, 2015 at 7:51 am

I don’t have enough thumbs for all the thumbs up I was to give this! You hit the nail on the head, every darn time.

Tragic Sandwich November 12, 2015 at 2:01 pm

I was at a work retreat and found a pair of 2T leggings in my purse. She was 4T at the time.

Older mom November 12, 2015 at 3:36 pm

Thanks for the memories, the “Yep, been there’s” and the LOLs!!!!

Shadta November 13, 2015 at 12:58 pm

“Having strong feelings about cartoon characters” —- YES

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