I know I've said this many times, but I'm always amazed at how much motherhood teaches you on a daily basis. There are so many things I wish people would have told me before I had kids. Who knows though, maybe they did but I just wasn't listening or I thought I knew better than they did. I was thinking the other day of all the things I wish I would have known, even if just a few months ago. If I could give some advice to new moms or moms-to-be, here's what I would tell them.
-Even if other kids seem so bratty and out of control, just you wait. You'll be right in their parent's shoes some day- wrestling a screaming, thrashing child- no matter how good of a parent you swear you're going to be. You may look at others kids and think only morons could produce kids that wild, but sooner than you think, you're in the moron club right along with them.
-Don't ever introduce "The Wiggles" to your kids...ever. You'll never hear the end of them and you'll fall asleep at night to songs stuck in your head about chewing your food and fruit salad. (This one is actually what triggered the whole thought process)
-No matter how piping mad you are, don't ever tell your husband his head is up his butt while the kids are in ear-shot because later on your son, in pure innocence (and probably a little disgusted), will ask him what his head was doing up there in the first place and then your husband will have some explaining to do about his mother's temper.
-Even though you swore up and down you'd never "sound like your mother," I guarantee you will someday. Kids will do that to you.
-Avoid giving your children sugary cold cereals like the plague. Once you go down that road, there's no turning back.
-If you have more than one child, it's nearly impossible to do all the things consistently that the experts claim are essential to a healthy child's brain development like reading one-on-one for 20 minutes every day; giving them the proper amounts of vitamins, fiber, dairy, etc that they need; 1 hour of exercise per day; avoiding excessive television; and the list goes on and on. Don't beat yourself up about it.
-Not all children who are picky eaters are products of parental negligence. Anyone who knows my kids knows why I'm writing this. I never in a million years thought I'd have picky eaters because Dennis and I are human vacuums.
So there you have it. If you have any others to add to the list, I'd love to hear them.