• What is perfect parenting?
• Well, in my eyes it is doing what is needed on overall level (see good parenting skills) but also ...
... whenever humanly possible!
Parenting can be really hard and even harder if we can't allow ourselves not to be perfect.
So, we're all allowed to have guilty thoughts when times are rough, thinking of an easy way out of something, wanting to have someone looking after our kids while we go out etc.
And most of all, we're allowed to have fun! A perfect mom is also a happy mom who can relax and enjoy herself, isn't she?
To help you fulfil that last mission, I will now present you with some motherhood humor.
Jumping up and down, up and down, up and down in my lap for hours on end was the only satisfactory activity my son would engage in for months as a baby.
Secretly, while feeling somewhat guilty, my thoughts very often went to the question: How long till next nap and that brief sniff of freedom?
"Pis" is a Danish word. However, even though you probably don't speak any Danish, I don't really think it needs a translation.
Despite my romantic hope of "Mom" being his first word, he chose "pis" as one his first words, just typical!
And how did this come about? /p>
Well, one morning I was trying to lock my front door with my keys and being in a bit of a hurry, I clumsily dropped them on the floor.
Instinctively, I said, "Pis!"
Utterly delighted by the sound of the word and the emphasis and feeling I put into it, I heard my son's small, enthusiastic voice at my side yell:
As you can see, I'm not very 'correct' nor do I follow unwritten rules very well.
And, yes, I freely sing about poo and pee to my son's great delight and my mom's great concern:
"irgitte, it's vulgar and you're ruining your son. All he will think about and talk about will be ... well ... those ... things! What if he talks about it in the nursery? What won't they think?"
My mom says that I'm anally focused but let's be honest with each other, with a baby or a toddler there's a lot of poo and pee going around ... all the time!
How can I not think of it; It's right there before me - and often on me - all the time!
Besides the fun of inventing apparently provocative new lyrics to children songs and giving my son a quick laugh, it did actually help my son become conscious of his feeling the need to go.
SSo sing away in the name of poo and pee, sisters and brothers, it's for a greater cause!
I remember my dad reading stories to me when I a little girl but what I didn't remember was that he used to try to skip pages. This he revealed to me the other day.
Apparently, as a little girl, I wasn't so easy to fool, so apparently I said something along the lines of:
"Dad, you're missing something, Sleeping Beauty needs to fall asleep before she can wake up!" /p>
Well, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree in this case.
Sometimes I find myself not only trying to skip pages (he hasn't caught me yet) but also purposively choosing either the thinnest books or the ones with blessedly fat pages.
TThe most dreaded moment of the evening can be seeing my son looking excitedly at the shelf, reaching out for the one book that I put furthest in and away in the back: the thickest book with thinnest pages and the most text, oh, bum!
Yes, the day has come when we take off our kid's diaper for the first time!
And the big question is: "Where will this joyous first time event take place?"
Well, as I'm raising my son by myself, we often spend the weekends at my parents'.
"So", I sweetly argue to my mom, "I think we should try and take his diaper off at your place this weekend. I think it's important that we do it outside the kindergarten and, well, the weather's nice and you have, well, a garden!"
She sees right through my argument of course, but I was very charming and likeable and my logic bulletproof (you know, gardens being a good place to start), so she accepted ... and yes, gardens are highly recommendable!
As I said before, I often spend time at my parents' in the weekends.
When my son was a baby, I would often let my parents take my son for an hour or two in the mornings so that I could catch a bit more sleep (having a high need baby, I would only get a couple hours of sleep during the night).
HHowever, after my baby son had had his milk in the mornings, I was very quick to hand him over to my mom's arms ... morning milk was a certain poo initiator! (Sorry, Mom!)
Children's television is both a nightmare and a true blessing, all at the same time.
Letting your kid relax and calm down with half an hour of Postman Pat after nursery or kindergarten is a true blessing:
You get to cook in peace and your toddler refuels by relaxing! /p>
However ... the nightmarish theme songs (sometimes I've woken up with the Postman Pat song mercilessly tormenting me in my head at four o'clock in the morning) and some of the series are just excruciatingly boring for the adult eye!
For some strange reason Thomas the Train brings ecstatic joy to my 2 1/2-year-old son. But nothing happens in this series. It's a train that, you know, goes to and fro between various destinations! That's It!
Moreover, it's so static! The only things that move are the trains' eyes. No one talks as such - there's just a commentator that tells you what's going on!
So out of desperation I bought a DVD with my own all time Danish kiddie telly favorite from my own childhood: "Omsen & Momsen" - well-knowing but not admitting to myself that my son would probably be way too young to see it, too much talking!
However, no hurt in trying, right?
So one evening, I said "Mommy's bought this really funny film with ... eh, Omsen and Momsen, eh... a baby and a boy, having lots of fun. Mommy really likes this so let's try it!"
And before he could object I had put it in my laptop (I don't have television - I'm already having a hard enough time accepting the limited day's capacity of being only 24 hours. It would be downright silly of me to let TV take away some of those precious hours!).
And before my son really realized what was going on, he was spellbound by this theme song:
Here's another clip from "Omsen og Momsen" And yes, it's grown men playing a baby and a toddler and it's hilarious.
Every Dane with a sense of culture will argree with me!
However, after the initial stimulus blast from the Omsen and Momsen theme song, my son ruthlessly said,
"No, Thomas the Train, Thomas the Train!"
I have introduced a junk food day! Yes I have!
Once a week - typically on Wednesday's when I have my half-week-what-on-earth-to-cook-crisis I buy pizza!
However, in order to feel a bit better about it - and I know it's silly - I buy ecological pizza.
And on top of that I also buy an ecological veggie soup because I guess in my mind that sort of erases the pizza ...
I hope you enjoyed my not so perfect parenting moments. In time you will get to ad your own perfect parenting bloopers right here on this page.
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