What's the one thing you swore you'd never do before you had kids...that you do now?

Morgan - posted on 09/22/2010 ( 41 moms have responded )

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For me its TV I swore I would never let my kids watch TV..........

My Addilynn watches the Wiggles everyday :)

oh and baby food I swore I would never feed her baby food from a jar, but I buy jared peas :)

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I also swore my children would not watch tv. Then I discovered how tiring it is trying to entertain a 2 year old for 8 hours a day while also trying to get the housework done. All I can say is THANK GOD FOR PLAYSCHOOL!!!

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Judy - posted on 04/13/2012

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I swore I would never lick my thumb and wipe dirt off of my child's face....now I do!!!...YUK!!!

Vikki - posted on 03/10/2011

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i swore i would never spit on a tissue and wipe my childs face with it now i do it all the time just to keep her clean when we r out and about

JuLeah - posted on 02/06/2011

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She was not going to know what candy was, or TV... she was going to wear overalls, have gender nutural toys, and love trucks as much as dolls.
She wore overalls untill she was about 3 and a half .... then she discovered pink and there was no turning back. She wanted dresses, and a purse, which cracked me up. She didn't even know a woman who owned a pruse. She asked me to take her shoe shopping WTF?
A family member first gave her candy, which reinforces my point that you must keep an eye on family :)
And TV ... yah, well we started with Pooh videos, which isn't really TV, right ... it's Pooh .... I am not sure how we got to SpongeBob, but I think he's really funny.
She does like trucks and cars .... her American Girl Dolls need something to drive around in.

Cori - posted on 02/06/2011

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i swore not to let my kids have pacifiers past 2 years old. but my daughter is 19 months and only has 4 teeth. her pacifier is the only thing she wants to chew on.

Dawn - posted on 02/06/2011

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NO BARNEY...I hated that smiling dinosaur....but the smile he got from son had me out buying the plush/DVD set the next day!! But I still hope to stick to: NO SPONGEBOB!!!!

Blessing - posted on 02/06/2011

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When my friend left me to watch his son(4 months) for the whole night while him and his gf go out i swore i will never ever leave her alone for more than an hour. LOL!!
Dummy, i caved but she refused lucky me
basically everything i do i said i wont do, i told myself im going to have a sweet little girl who does everything as told and behaves and i wont have to yell or discipline her ever...lol i got the opposite she doesnt misbehave she has a totally different personality, shes very independent and bossy and i cant wait till shes a teenager :(

Stifler's - posted on 02/06/2011

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I said no dummy too. Lasted until about 5 days after we came home from the hospital.

Julie - posted on 02/06/2011

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I also said my child will not watch t.v but you can't help it if the t.vs watching them when I busy..lol I was going to be the best mom after seeing all my friends/families kids doing it "wrong"...ha! so much for that! I now blame on the "age development", or milestone stage..from eating, behaviour in public and repeating those unwanted words when they are not suppose to....

Sharon - posted on 01/28/2011

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For me it started at 20wks pregnant...I swore I'd never find out the sex of the baby, yep, we found out. Then I wanted to have a completely natural birth, no drugs...yeah right, labour really hurts!!!
No dummy - lasted about 3wks.
No jar food - it's sooo much easier after being at work all day.
No sleeping in our bed - how great is it to snuggle up to them with those little arms wrapped around you.
No running to them when they cry for no reason - sometimes I actually do stick to it, but other times is so great knowing that a cuddle from you will make everything ok again.
I wouldn't rock my baby to sleep once he could self-settle - yeah right...I LOVED when he was small enough to fall asleep in my arms.
The normal 'my kids will behave in public' and all the stuff -- yeah right, kids actually have opinions and are not afraid to express them anywhere!

Baby #2 is due in about10wks...my only 'rules' for this one are go with the flow and see what happens.

Kathy - posted on 01/28/2011

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I swore I would be NOTHING like my mother. Yeah. I AM my mother. LOL I admit defeat. I hear her when I say things to my children. I find myself spacing like her. It is no use fighting it. She turned into her mother and I am doing the same. I can't wait for my daughter to turn into me! MUHAHAHAHA

Kelina - posted on 01/28/2011

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Swore I'd never become my mother- ha ha I may not yet be her but sometimes I'll stop and shiver and think oh my god i'm turning into my mother! Never say "I was your age once!" oh ya a couple times a week. Never spank-done that a couple times. He doesn't stand up in the tub anymore! never ignore his crying/tantrums-that's done on a regular basis. Never let him watch tv all day. Let me tell you thomas and diego are my friends when he's sick like he is today. And Bob, can;t forget him. They all helped me survive my second pregnancy. No junk food-in my defense the only time he gets it is at grandmas. I didn't account for grandparents in that one! probably more but I can't think of them at the moment!

Anna - posted on 01/28/2011

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HAHHAHAHA, i love this..... i had many ideals as an educator of young children on how to do it 'right'

swearing in front of him... oops
jar food then junk food.... ooops
Plastic, non educational toys....oops
Buying merchandise toys.... ooops... but GO THOMAS
Saying NO to reading that book the 53875th time..... oops
Portable DVD player in the car.... ooops
co sleeping.... well he does get sick a lot and i take comfort in it
smirking at a temper tantrum.... ohhhh... opps.
no being potty trained before i have another kid.... ohhh boy... ooops.

HEHEHE.... AHAHHAH.... ohhh what a laugh

Jessica - posted on 01/21/2011

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I swore I'd never go into babies r' us. Especially because the one that's in my area is prolly one of the biggest.

Yeah I work there now... hahah

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I said that my kids would only ever be allowed to come into our bed on Sunday mornings! How naive was I .... this delusion was broken within days of coming home from the hospital with my first and we all have been happily co-sleeping in "The Biggest Bed in the World" for 5 years now!!

Stifler's - posted on 01/20/2011

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Jarred food
TV
Maccas
baby proofing.

i have done everything on the list of stuff i said i wouldn't do.

Carol - posted on 01/20/2011

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So much, like take the trash out, peel potatoes and other thigns I hated as a kid. :) I like peeling potatoes now, its actually relaxing. They arent big enough to take the trash out yet, and i don't mind doing that either.

Sarah - posted on 09/25/2010

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I said the same thing Courtney! Before my son was born I was determined to breastfeed. I was NOT going to give in and go to formula. Well, the whole breastfeeding thing was much easier said than done. It was a rough several months of trying to make breastfeeding work. So after a lot of tears, guilt, and regret, I ended up going to formula. He is now 12 months old & finally on whole milk. I can finally put this whole formula thing behind me & move on.

Courtney - posted on 09/25/2010

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Yep, I always said I wouldn't feed formula, "breast is best." My little boy wouldn't latch, no matter what I did, even after meeting with a lactation consultant. Pumped for 2-3 weeks, then dried up. So it's been formula ever since. I've been okay with it until recently when I just learned on Dr. Oz that the formula cans are lined with BPA...can't wait until I can switch to milk.

Aleks - posted on 09/25/2010

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I swore that my children would never know what junk food (including lollies and chocolate) taste like until they were in school and be introduced to it at other kid's houses!!!
Ha-ha!!!!!!
I wouldn't use a dummy! And having a misbehaving toddler at the supermarket!!!!! HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!!!!!!

JuLeah - posted on 09/24/2010

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I swore I'd never be like my mom. But, like her I married into domestic violence and like her I took it for a long time. Unlike her, I did walk away, so that is a positive I guess.
The other thing I swore I'd never do was say, "Because I said so" and, yup, I have said it more then once :)

Ricky - posted on 09/24/2010

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I said I wouldn't cosleep but I ended up loving it. Wouldnt use a pacifier but it was a lifesaver until he discovered his thumb (now I have to deal with that eventually :P). I said I wouldnt buy jared baby food and that I would make my own, but jarred food was easier and more convenient.

And my favourite:
I said I would NEVER EVER clean my son by licking my thumb . I did that without even knowing it, even caught myself doing it to his father/my boyfriend (oopps)

Terrill - posted on 09/24/2010

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It is so easy to say how you would raise your children BEFORE you have them! I said I would never use a dummy...I did, that I would not let him watch tv...he does, that I would never give him something just to keep him quite...I do (can't help it sometimes when you are out in public and he is FREAKING out!:) I also don't allow myself to feel too bad about any of this, I figure it is better for both of us that I actually KEEP my sanity! :)

Yasmin - posted on 09/24/2010

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I always said i wouldnt let my baby watch tv either but its the bst babysitter!!! i can do housework and know that she ok

Sarah - posted on 09/23/2010

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i swore mine would never watch telly eat junk food or co sleep well we have allowed all 3 to do just that...... man we were never given instruction manuals lol and as someone else said we do the best we can as parents

Sara - posted on 09/23/2010

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I swore my kids would never eat junk food, FAILED. I think we can just do the best we can, and cartoons for children are very educational now days and helps them learn.

Krista - posted on 09/23/2010

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It def changes perspective once you actually have your child.

Oh, truer words were never spoken. We were ALL the Best Parents In The World...before we actually had kids. ;)

Sarah - posted on 09/23/2010

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I swore I would never co-sleep with my son, but I've done it several times now. :) I"m sure there's more to come since my son is only 12 months old!

Lora - posted on 09/23/2010

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Also with the "leash" I swore I would NEVER put my kid on a leash. When she decided to run from me one day, while i was in a skirt and heels, and couldn't run as fast, she had one foot on the curb and one almost in the road as an SVU screeched to a stop. Leash is now bought and ready for use. Even more sad part of this story is she really likes it on.. and plays with it, and enjoys me pulling her on it... *SIGH* only my child i swear. I also swore no tv in her room, which thus far has not happened, as i don't believe in it, she stays up long enough as it is playing with toys when she's supposed to be sleeping. And i swore i wouldn't use formula unless i absolutely HAD to. Which unfortunately I did, she refused to latch on, even as nurses hollered at it being my fault for not holding her right, etc., so i had to pump, and at two weeks old, i started to dry up, and that was that. Formula began. :) It def changes perspective once you actually have your child.

Krista - posted on 09/22/2010

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Yep, I'm another one who swore I wouldn't let my kid watch TV. But sometimes Thomas the Tank Engine is the only thing that tones down a meltdown, so what are you gonna do?

Firebird - posted on 09/22/2010

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I swore I'd never be like my mother too! At least I only inherited the good and the funny traits from her! But I often catch myself telling my daughter the same things my mom said to me. "Come here so i can brush your hair, you look like nobody owns you!" or "It's like I'm talking to a brick wall!" although that last one I usually say into thin air because Rhiannon's run off again without listening to a word I said to her... again! lol I even call her Sweetcheeks and Turkey, the same things that mom called us as kids.

Katherine - posted on 09/22/2010

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Oh yeah. "My kid will NEVER act like THAT!" HAHA on me.
I will never give in, no matter what. Never co-sleep, no junk food, etc....etc....

Jenni - posted on 09/22/2010

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I would never co-sleep.

I would never feed my kids hotdogs or chicken nuggets.

I'm sure there's more those are the only two I can think of right now :/



Edit to add: Here's a good one... whenever I seen parents whose kids we're acting out in public I would think I would never *allow* my child to behave like that. PFFFFT how niave I was.

Sherri - posted on 09/22/2010

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Swore I would be nothing like my mother was and I am so much like her, I could be her twin.

Amy - posted on 09/22/2010

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I swore I would never use the same lines that my parents used on me and I use them everyday "as long as you live in my house, and I am paying the bills you are living by our rules", my son is only 4 lol!

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I'm in with the TV thing and also I sowre my kids would never drink soda. And they do. Not everyday but more often than they should.

Rosie - posted on 09/22/2010

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i swore i wasn't going to be a "helicopter" or "hover" parent. i'm not all over them all the time, but i do hover more than i wanted to. but obviously things change when you have a child!

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I swore I would never let my child watch tv, wear a leash or sleep with me. We do (or have done) all three :) You never know until you're there, exactly what you're willing to do as a parent.

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Swore i would never use a backpack with a lead attached to it... well I don't have one yet but it is coming. I also swore not to allow tv but my son watches Waybuloo & Noonbury.

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