Thursday, December 6, 2007

The Myths of Parenting

There are some common myths that many of us tell ourselves before we have children about the kind of parents we will be. "I'm not going to use the television as a baby sitter."

Ring a bell?


My other favorite is "I am going to raise my child with gender neutral toys and not with stereotypical boy or girl items."

Then we watch as said child takes his gender neutral teddy bear, places it on its side and goes, "broom broom" while pushing it through the blocks.


One of my pre-child myths was that I was not going to make two different meal items. What I eat, is what the child will eat. Right.

I am willing to embrace that this is not always (okay often) the case but I certainly didn't see it coming that I would be the one eating a hot dog, peas and tator tots.

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

hey, but at least you're eating the same thing as your child!PPB

cheesehead said...

I am laughing at the memories of well-intentioned dolls turned into missiles (by my son) and trucks turned into doll beds (by my daughter).

Those corn dogs look tasty!

Jane Ellen+ said...

When my daughter was in grade school, I remember her teacher commenting that Beanie Babies (remember that fad frenzy?) were the one kind of toy with which both boys and girls willingly chose to play. "The difference," the teacher noted, "is that girls make them into families, while boys make them into projectiles."

So much for "gender neutral."

Songbird said...

When I found myself making separate frozen dinners to avoid the tater tots, I knew we had descended into chaos.

Identity Mixed said...

Barbie is used as a sword at our house.

LadyBurg said...

heeheehee. At least tator tots are good! He just gives you an excuse to eat them.

Purechristianithink said...

Last night one of my kids spilled her milk INTO the bowl of tater tots at the beginning of the meal, thus wiping out 1/3 of the food on the table. Hamburgers and applesauce--yum.

will smama said...

The sad thing was, he ate chicken dinosaurs (as God intended chicken to be) and my adult meal was the hot dog and tots.

Drew said...

we had salisbury steak for dinner last night. I hate salisbury steak. But man was that ever what I needed last night. It was sooo good. as I was eating my second slice of pizza for lunch today I recalled how before kids it was all whole grain and veggies. Not so much anymore.

Michele R said...

Those hot dogs look SO good!

Every Monday night, we have hot dogs, mac & cheese (Kraft only, please) and carrot sticks.

Luckily, dh and I have the same tastes as the kids!

Sue said...

Been there. Done that.

heehee...

Jiff said...

been there, done that, too.
smiling..

juniper68 said...

with you. I've eaten more hotdogs in the last 4 years than in the whole rest of my life before now.

zorra said...

I still smile when I remember my friend's little boy, who was being raised oh so nonviolently, running through the house brandishing the magnetic division sign from his little chalkboard, and yelling, "Bang! Bang! Bang!"

RevHRod said...

Am I the only one who heard you say that you had corn dogs while the Boy had chicken in the shape of dinos? I love that! You chose corn dogs! I hope they were good. ;-)

will smama said...

Yes, revhrod - it was hot dogs, but yes, he ate dino chickens and I ate hot dogs and tater tots.

i even skipped the salad.
And it was very, very good.