10 Things I said I’d Never Do Before I Became a Parent

Before we have children, it’s so easy to plan out, step by step, the things we will and will not do, and somewhere along the line we think it will be a piece of cake to stick to it.

Basically, an only child until I was 16, (I hadn’t grown up with siblings, a mom or the white picket fence), so there were a few things I swore (someday) I would never do as a parent.Here are ten of them (which by the way, I failed miserably):

10.  Never listen to children’s music in the car (Now I sing along!)
9.    Never have a traditional-style mixed matched Christmas tree (My tree is always full of handmade
       ornaments the kids make every year, and I look forward to more!!!)
8.    Never wear sweatpants out of the house…(This is a newly broken rule, since my daughter began having
       early meetings at school…thank goodness it’s usually still dark out that early in the morning!)
7.    Never watch the same movie/show over and over again (‘Elmo loves his Goldfish, His Crayons 
       Too!’)
6.    Never read the same book twice (My name is ‘Sam I am’…)
5.    Never give in to a child (Humph…I’m so wrapped…)
4.    Always keep a clean house (child #3 successfully helped diminish any part of this illusion that I might
         have still held on to.)
3.    Never make an unhealthy dinner (long gone…)
2.    Never swear in front of my children (they are so sweet not to repeat)
1.    Never drive a mini-van (I may as well say I do, I drive a station wagon, and there isn’t much 
       difference, not to mention my last car was an SUV that felt like a bus!)
I love being a Mom….

“A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove…but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child.” –Forest E. Witcraft

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