Parenting is the stuff decisions are made of.
Despite all the childrearing books I’ve read, I’ve made most of my important parental decisions by trial and error. The truth is that some choices have been made by necessity, some by compromise and some for no better reason than convenience.
With that, I offer a quick and dirty summary of my life as a mom. You deserve to know the kind of mom I am and it’s my sincere hope that you continue to love me anyway…because well, I’m lost without your love.
My Parental Choices
1. I work full-time outside the home and always have.
2. My kids have been in daycare full-time from as early as 5 months old.
3. My kids have been vaccinated against everything.
4. I delivered naturally with my eldest, quite on accident.
5. I delivered with an epidural with Little BooBoo, quite on purpose.
6. I formula fed my eldest.
7. I breast fed Little BooBoo.
8. I have never made my own baby food.
9. I have never used a cloth diaper.
10. I still don’t know what gripe water is or what it’s used for.
11. My kids eat sugared cereal.
12. My kids eat dinner in front of the TV…often.
13. My kids play with toy weapons.
14. I am not, nor have I ever been, a member of the PTA…or a Room Mom…or a Team Mom.
15. My kids have TV’s in their bedrooms.
16. I am not opposed to spanking when the punishment fits the crime.
17. I am a believer in the public school system, or at least our public school system.
18. My kids save their gift money into a savings account because that’s always fun.
19. My kids lick the spoon; the raw-egg, deliciously battered spoon.
20. My kids don’t like my blog and I can live with that.
I have tremendous respect for the individual choices you Mommy Friends have made for betterment and progression of your families. I also respect the values you have made priorities in your households.
I could never tell you what’s right, I could never tell you what’s wrong. What I can tell you is that the choices Big Daddy P and I have made have been determined as those best to preserve harmony and stability within our particular household.
As confident as I am ever-so-slowly becoming as a mother, I ask you to please tread lightly. Emerging maternal confidence is far from bulletproof.