What kind of parent am I? When I was thinking of writing this post I over thought it and went way off track. I started thinking that I needed to help other parents figure out what kind of parent they are and that’s just… impossible. There’s a lot of cute little quizzes online that you can take but they give you results like; “The Overwhelmed” or “The Effortlessly Cool” and that’s not really… well helpful. So I decided to make an honest list of things that make me the parent I am, because the quizzes just don’t cut it.
I am the kind of parent who:
Yells… a lot-
I don’t want to yell.. yelling makes me sad, it confuses my little girl and generally just makes everyone feel like crap. I do try not to, obviously, but sometimes in the moment it actually feels good to yell. Yup, I admitted it, for about .5 seconds it feels good to let out frustrations and yell. Then Owlet starts sobbing and I feel like a horrible person. I’m working on my patience and I’ve gotten better.
Doesn’t watch her one year old in the backyard-
WAIT! Don’t call 911 yet, let me elaborate. We have a screen out to the backyard that owlet can come in and out of as she pleases. Her sandbox and other outside toys are directly next to this screen so I can hear her playing. I can also hear her walking away, so if she does walk away I go out there to see what she’s up to. I make a point not to vacuum or run the washer when she’s out there by herself so I can hear everything. Usually, when this is going on I’m no more than 20 feet away, sitting for the first time since I woke up that morning. The vast majority of the time I’m out there with Owlet but sometimes I just need some time by myself to play one of those stupid phone games.
Tries the kid pins on Pinterest-
Sensory boxes/bottles/vases, water play, homemade finger paint, EVERYTHING ELSE, etc. I have done it and no there aren’t any pictures because, while it was fun, it was also probably a disaster and no one needs to see any proof of that madness!
Let’s her child eat rocks-
Owlet eats rocks. She licks them, noms on them, puts them on her head and tries to twirl around without having it fall off. She’s exploring and I’m not breaking my back trying to get things out of her mouth every two seconds. And no she hasn’t been sick, ever, but thank you for being concerned.
Puts her child in her room and doesn’t open the door-
I am particularly ashamed of this one. There are days when Owlet is being super frustrating, like all one year olds. NO I don’t do this when she is genuinely in need of something. This is for those times when she REPEATEDLY hits me because I won’t let her pull the cats tail or when she bites me then laughs because.. well who knows why? I will patiently tell her that’s not ok and do everything that I’ve learned to do to rectify the behavior, but sometimes it doesn’t work and I’m frustrated and she’s still doing said behavior and I need her to be in her room, away from me while I have a time out for five to ten minutes before I throw her out a window (<–joke).
So, as you can see I don’t really have a “Title” for myself, I’m just this nanny turned mommy and I’m new at child care with a kid that shares my DNA. They always tell you it’s different with your own kid, I find that to be very true. I hope this list has helped you understand that literally every parent fails and does stuff that they’re ashamed of. It’s ok… we’re learning, just like our kids! Hey, there’s a title for you, “The Figuring it Out”, are you a “Figuring it Out” parent?