Reasons Why I Suck at Parenting

I saw a cute parenting picture that a fellow September Mom posted from my friend Life with Levi’s FB page yesterday. I reposted it on my own page.  It was about celebrating the differences we have as parents since we still have happy healthy children.  It immediately blew up on my page and got worse overnight.  I found out it was similar on Life with Levi’s page and not only that, people were literally calling names and being really ugly to one another. 

Reasons I Suck at Parenting

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I never make my kids sit in timeout

I let the baby go places with no shoes

I give in to the baby to get some peace and quiet

I talk to my 10 year old about sex and drugs

Sometimes we have pizza for dinner and NO veggies

I hate basketball but I take Little M to his practice and games the whole winter

Both of my kids are fully vaccinated and if I had 10 more kids, they would be as well

Both of my boys were breastfed. In public. Without a cover

I supplemented formula with my first child after 3 months of EBF

Despite my family’s insistence to stop, I EBF’d Baby E for 15.5 months

Baby E is 2 and he still has a paci

I let my children listen to death metal

Sometimes I forget to give Baby E his breathing treatment

I have NEVER used a cloth diaper

I have NEVER made my own babyfood

Both of my boys go to daycare

Neither of my children go to church

I teach my children about ALL religions

I have cussed in front of my boys on numerous occasions

They have repeated it

I sometimes just cuddle them when they are bad instead of teaching them what they did wrong 

I kiss all boo boos even for the 10 year olds

I let my 10 year old carry a pink purse until he was 4 years old and lost it

I paint my boys nails when they ask me to

I have put Baby E’s hair in a ponytail

I have circumcized both my boys and will do it again if I have another boy

I cosleep and bedshare

My husband sleeps on a mattress on the floor so that I can bedshare with the baby

I only work PT so that I can come home and be with my boys

I sometimes forget to make Baby E brush his teeth

We have had cereal for dinner or just cheese

I still get up in the middle of the night and check on Little M even though he is 10

I let Little M pick out his clothes and he is obviously tacky everyday

I dont disinfect toys. I dont sterilize bottles or pacis.

I use bleach to clean alongside natural cleaners

The suck part is just sarcasm if I wasnt clear. I think I am a pretty decent parent.  I know I have failings but I love my children more than anything and make sure they are safe the best ways I can. The ultimate point is that my kids are doing great. I dont feel that my brand of parenting is any better than your brand of parenting or any worse.  Just because you believe something is the right way (and trust me anyone can back up ANYTHING with medical research, 40 years ago they had medical research that said smoking was good for you)  doesn’t make me believe it.  Both of my boys love their dad and I. Both of my boys are happy.   

Do your brand of parenting, I wont judge you.  What ways do you ‘suck’ as a parent?

Comments

  1. I'm sucktastic too!! :)

  2. Elisia allen says:

    Wow I think you just summed up my whole sucky job as a parent there!!!!! AWESOME!!!!! Oh and btw would love it if you'd visit http://craftyhousemom.blogspot.com

  3. All of my kids were fed formula at some point, I have heated bottles in the microwave, I layed my oldest down with a bottle, I never used cloth diapers, my youngest had a pacifier past his second birthday, I teach my boys that they are in fact boys (the horror of gender specificities!!), we raise our children in our religion (again, been told I shouldn't "impose my beliefs" on my children), I spank when necessary, sometimes I give in to make the whining stop, I don't rear face for extended periods of time, I circumsized all 3 of my boys and will do the same with any future boys, my kids have all of their vaccinations, I send my kids to public school…..the list goes on! But like you, I don't think any of these things make me sucky. There are some things I would do differently and some I did knowing it wasn't the very best choice at the moment. But every.single.day I love my kids and give it the best I have in that moment. It doesn't always look perfect or like anyone else would do it but it is what I feel is right for my kids and for myself. Sometimes you have to compromise a little just to make it through that rough patch. And then you do better. It saddens me to see people cut each other down, to call other parents ignorant and stupid and every other name in the book just because their parenting doesn't look the same.
    My recent post Lunch Round Up #1

  4. All of my kids were fed formula at some point, I have heated bottles in the microwave, I layed my oldest down with a bottle, I never used cloth diapers, my youngest had a pacifier past his second birthday, I teach my boys that they are in fact boys (the horror of gender specificities!!), we raise our children in our religion (again, been told I shouldn't "impose my beliefs" on my children), I spank when necessary, sometimes I give in to make the whining stop, I don't rear face for extended periods of time, I circumsized all 3 of my boys and will do the same with any future boys, my kids have all of their vaccinations, I send my kids to public school…..the list goes on! But like you, I don't think any of these things make me sucky. There are some things I would do differently and some I did knowing it wasn't the very best choice at the moment. But every.single.day I love my kids and give it the best I have in that moment. It doesn't always look perfect or like anyone else would do it but it is what I feel is right for my kids and for myself. Sometimes you have to compromise a little just to make it through that rough patch. And then you do better. It saddens me to see people cut each other down, to call other parents ignorant and stupid and every other name in the book just because their parenting doesn't look the same.
    My recent post Lunch Round Up #1

  5. YES! I'm totally waiting for Levi to say the F word. He repeats everything else I say, so it wouldn't really be a surprise.

  6. crayolasandcombatboots says:

    OMG I have to let my Hubby know he isn't the only one sleeping on a mattress on the floor!

  7. I've never used a cloth diaper, either. Except to let the kids spit up. :)

  8. Those poor children. Whatever will they do? ;) Love seeing all these different moms supported through this hop. :)
    My recent post Why I am a Failure as a Mom

  9. Pizza is a staple around here…. It's healthy, right?

  10. Pizza has cheese…..there's dairy in it. Plus the sauce is tomato! TOTALLY healthy! lol
    LOVING these blogs!
    My recent post Bad Mommy….No Dessert For You

  11. yellowtennessee says:

    I totally suck.

    Tonight was burgers, fries and no veggies.

  12. It's as if we are parenting twinsies!! seriously :D
    My recent post An Infamously Crappy Mom

  13. This great post reminds me of one I wrote about why I hate my kid. People didn't necessarily get it, but the title was facetious and reading the post quickly makes that obvious: http://goo.gl/C29On

    My wife and I are guilty of many of these things as well. There is no RIGHT way to parent. There are only ways that are right for you and your kids.
    http://www.dadandburied.com
    My recent post Stay-at-home Cad

  14. baseballmomof3 says:

    I agree Kat… based on almost EVERY reason you are a bad paretn, so am I!!! BTW, Rotel dip is great for dinner too!! And, my kids eat dirt!

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