As a Parent you will Make LOTS of Mistakes and That’s Okay
Last night while I was trying to get my eight year old OUT of my bed and into his bed he reminded me ( or rather he tried to make me feel GUILTY) about that time I LOST him in the WATER PARK. Yes that is right- I LOST my then seven year old at the Water park. Okay let me set the scene for you.
Despite my husband’s insistence that I need not do it, I took the plunge and single-handedly took three kids to a local water park. I honestly don’t know why I felt the need to torture myself as the designated mule for the day– whose sole purpose was to lug my kids’ sunscreen and towels in the 80 degree weather from ride to ride, and wait at each respective stop for their three minute thrills down a water slide. But that’s the funny thing about becoming a parent– when you are not one- you balk at the thought of doing anything that might take you out of your egocentric comfort zone, and once you become one all you do is find yourself entrenched in such situations.
I guess the point of this post is my way of airing my grievances and all the mistakes I feel I am forever making as a parent and although you’d think after having a kid for 12 years I’d have this parenting thing down to a science, the cold hard truth is I don’t. But what I do have is a list I’ve compiled of the three mistakes all parents- and those about to be parents- should file away so in the event that they become embroiled in a situation they feel officiates them as worst parent of the year, they can take comfort in the fact that we are all in the same boat and have pretty much all been in their shoes. Most importantly parents need to remember that their mistakes are just par for the course when it comes to being in charge of other human beings!
#1 You will forget stuff often. You will forget to pack Band-Aids, towels, water bottles and things your kids need at a variety of stages in their lives. And that’s why man created a store like Target.
#2 You will feel guilty often. Hindsight is 20/20, you might forget to put on that extra layer of sunscreen on your daughter’s lily white neck and then have to listen to her agonizing cries of pain. That’s why man created Aloe Vera cool relief gel.
#3 You will take your kids to amusement parks and the like often. Despite your better judgment, you will give into your kids incessant pleas to take them to the latest and greatest theme parks, albeit knowing you will be the designated mule. And you’ll do it time and time again because you love your kids and seeing them smile is the best part of parenthood.
Bottom line: As a Parent you will Make LOTS of Mistakes and That’s Okay