|Brontë gets amazing hand-me-downs & gifts--there's really |
no need to buy more clothing... yet I still do...
- Video watching. We got rid of our TV when Linnaeus was about a year old. I do let him watch videos the computer & since the exhaustion of my final trimester with Bronte in my belly, he's watched more than I'd like. I still use videos as a way to get things done, like showering, making meals & blogging.
- Yelling. I'm really not sure if it's even possible to parent without yelling, but I wish I did it less.
- Swearing. I have a serious trucker mouth. I have no problem controlling this at work, in front of grandmothers or any other social situation where four-letter words are really not appropriate. However, when I'm at home, I lose this filter for some reason & have let fly a lot of expletives in front of my children. Consequently, my three-year-old is an adept user of the F-word. Heh.
- Allowing ANY battery-operated
noisemakerstoys into the house. We managed to avoid a lot of them, but still had a handful creep into the house. Gawd those things are annoying.
- Buying too many clothes. I got pretty excited about having a baby & got all kinds of really adorable & really impractical clothing for Linnaeus. You know the ones--tiny jeans, jackets, shirts that look just like the adult stuff, right down to the functional pockets. I didn't spend a huge amount of money, as a lot of it was from the consignment store around the corner, but still. I still haven't really learned my lesson, buying all kinds of things for Brontë that she's worn once or twice before growing out of. Linnaeus too, still has drawers stuffed chock full of clothing. At least he wears it all for a year or two these days, but it's still way too much.
- Not doing the major renovations in our house before having children. This isn't exactly parenting related, but... Now that we have two little kids, the thought of not having a proper kitchen for weeks is too daunting to consider. So we're stuck with the barely-functional 1960 kitchen.
- Waiting until we were 'ready' to have kids. This is kind of antithetical to #6, but I think there's no way to be really, fully 'ready' to have kids. You just need to jump in & I wish we'd jumped a little sooner, in some ways. I will be in my late fifties when my daughter graduates from high school--no spring chicken.
- Not going hiking or camping. Somehow this part of our lives, which used to be so important to us, (we got married on top of a mountain that we hike up, for Pete's sake!) just fell by the wayside when we reproduced. We've been meaning to do both things, but just haven't gotten around to it yet. I really want my kids to spend more time in nature--not just green spaces like city parks.
- Waiting so long to get a child bike seat. We bought our iBert when Linnaeus was about 20 months old, & we have used it a lot in the two years since then, but we could have bought it a year earlier. He definitely prefers it to the trailer, which we got when he was about eight or ten months old.
- Not bringing Linnaeus to the pool until he was 15 months old. I didn't have any specific reason for not doing this--it just never happened. At three & a half, he gets quite anxious when his feet don't touch the bottom--floating is right out of the question unless I'm holding him tight. I suspect he might have been more comfortable in the water if I'd taken him earlier & more often. I hope to avoid this with Brontë--she's already been swimming at just a few months old.
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