Becoming a parent can be a life-changing event. There is so much you learn from day to day, whether you've just had your first child or already have a growing family. Every mom and dad will have a parenting fail or parenting fails sooner or later. It is pretty much inevitable when you have a kid and you know what? That is totally fine. After all, we are all just human.
So don’t let anyone tell you that you are a bad parent.
There are the classic fails like accidentally locking your baby in the car with keys inside (happened to me, we had to break a window) or the baby falling off the bed (yep, happened to me too).
You will probably feel absolutely horrible when something like this happens to you and think you are a horrible parent.
But don’t worry – these kids all turn out fine and you are not the only one that this happened to.
If you’ve ever overheard a bunch of moms sharing their joys and woes of being a parent, one of the most favourite topics of conversation is their worst parenting fails. Never the serious kind of stuff like malice shown or someone injured though. I have to put into perspective that I find parenting “fails” – fails is a bit strong to use..
So on a lighter note I shared with my mom clan a funny incident I experienced.. We’re good parents I can swear. During their summer vacations a couple of months ago I let three kids (two were mine) stab a big cardboard box with screwdrivers (I thought that assigning them each a side would somehow negate the violence in which they yielded their stabber). It got out of control almost immediately with violent stabs near all their hands (not at each other). Whoops. I had to apologize for that one for a while (and to the other mom) and the fallout sucked. When I desperately screamed at them to stop before there was an injury (realizing my mistake), I had three upset kids on my hands because I had just given them a taste of something they had always wanted to do, it was the most fun 2 minutes of their lives.
Despite best intentions, it can sometimes go a little awry and little mistakes can be made with the poor little kiddies on the receiving end. But at the end of the day, they all turn out good and parents need to stop stressing about it and labelling themselves to be bad parents.
As bad as some of these stories may sound – be assured everyone is fine. I hope bad parenting stories you experience or hear about can make you feel a little better about parenting fails that may have happened to yourself before or will happen in the future. Being a parent is definitely not easy and things can happen all the time. Don’t beat yourself up over it – you are doing a great job!