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10 Things I do Wrong….(according to my 4 year old)

March 14, 2014

We all know parenting is a thankless job. And to make matters even more difficult, we are constantly second guessing the choices we make in regards to our children. All we can do is hope that the decisions we make don’t screw them up too badly. When something does go wrong, however, who is the first one to notice our faults? That’s right, the kid! In fact, my 4 year old likes to remind me of all my inadequecies as a parent. These are things I should really work on to be a better mom, because apparently recently I’ve been slacking…

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10. I didn’t make the right dinner. “This dinner is yuck. Why did you even think of making this yuck dinner?”

9. My placement is off. “Mom, seriously, you didn’t put my lunch box in my back pack the right way. Why do you always not do that right?”

8. I have the wrong hair style. “Take your hair out of that weird knot (it was a braid). I want it in a pony tail so I can twirl it better.”

7. I gave him the wrong kind of napkin. “Mom! When I eat peanut butter and honey you need to give me a WET napkin. Not a dry one! Don’t you know that honey is sticky and I need a wet one??”

6. I served the wrong condiment. “Don’t even think about giving me honey-mustard on my chicken. I only like plain honey. Honey-mustard drives me CRAZY!”

5. I am not liberal enough with my chocolate. “Mom. You make the baddest chocolate milk. Don’t you know I want INFINITY chocolates in my chocolate milk. I want you to make it like Daddy makes it. Daddy always gives us infinity chocolate and you stink at that. ”

4. I threw something away.  “(dramatic gasp!!)…. why did you throw this paper away? That paper is from my teacher and you can’t throw any papers away until daddy sees it.”

….. thank goodness he didn’t dig a layer deeper to find his art project that I also canned….

3. I am geographically challenged. “Mom I can’t believe you invited Jimmy over here. I want to have a playdate at HIS house, not at our house. Text his mom and tell her I am going there.”

2. I gave him the wrong type of sugar. “I did not want a cookie. Don’t you know I wanted fruit snacks?”

1. I don’t try hard enough. “I am soooo tired, Mom.  You really should have made me take a nap earlier today.”

I should really get my act together. I mean, really? What was I thinking?

So moms and dads, what things do you stink at?

  • Tara Newman
    March 15, 2014 at 8:37 am

    Aren’t they so funny!? I ask my kids frequently “How can I be a better Mommy?” My son thinks I am perfect but my daughter is another story 🙂

  • a happier girl
    March 15, 2014 at 9:04 am

    I am guilty of being chintzy on the chocolate syrup in the chocolate milk, too! My son always looks confused when I think I’m done. Then he tries to gently break it to me it needs more. By gently I mean he generally offers to take over and do it himself.

  • Jessica
    March 15, 2014 at 9:11 am

    Haha! My oldest is 2 1/2, and I’m already starting to see these things form. Thanks for the heads up! Haha!!

  • Debbie Howard
    March 15, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    Laughing out loud at the memories of those days. Oh how I can relate. Now I get to be the GiGi . Oh what fun it is from this perspective. Mom and Dad gets to be the bad guy and that is the way it should be. I read a poem about how proud a moment it is when your kids call you the meanest mommy in the world…it means you are doing a good job.

  • Leslie
    March 15, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    Oh my goodness, Haha. Oh my goodness! You’ve got your hands full. It sounds like there is never a dull moment though. Haha.

  • Laura Martin
    March 15, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    As the mom of a four year old, I love this! Visiting from SITS!

  • Casey Leigh
    March 15, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    Singing! Every time I sing in the car … Ruby says “NO singing MOMMY !”

    Lol, j is a riot!

  • Ray
    March 15, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    Hehe, that was awesome, Love # 4… My 11 y/o hates it when I throw anything of hers away… Good luck…. Stopping by from SITS…

  • Gabriella
    March 16, 2014 at 2:59 am

    Stopping in from SITS girls… So hilarious. My 3 year old, also likes to blame objects for breaking themselves. “Mommy, it did it all by itself!” Because of course that’s entirely possible. Great post!

  • Pam
    March 16, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    I can practically hear Libby saying all of these things one day. Great post, Linds. He is too much 🙂 xoxo

  • Brandi
    March 17, 2014 at 7:59 am

    I, too, am a slacker with the chocolate in the chocolate milk. It’s self-preservation, really. Too much chocolate and the heathens go bananas. 🙂

  • Carrie @ Chockababy
    March 17, 2014 at 9:47 am

    We have a few little dictators in our house too 🙂 I love the wet napkin. “Don’t you know, Mom?!?!” 🙂

  • Dana
    March 17, 2014 at 10:35 am

    Mine is only 2 so he can’t tell me YET what I’m doing wrong. I will savor these days. 🙂

  • robin
    March 17, 2014 at 11:06 am

    Rolling at “infinity chocolates.” My kids are old enough now that the main issue for my boys is– “you let her get away with SO MUCH MORE than you let me!” And for her it’s “the boys get to do ALL THE THINGS and you don’t let me do anything!”

  • Jessica @EatSleepBe
    March 17, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    That was funny! Get ready for some serious pre-teen eye rolling. Sounds like it is coming your way soon. 😉

  • Crystal
    March 17, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    These made me giggle because it’s all stuff that sounds like my kids could have said it. I always get told Im such a mean mom because I won’t let them play their video games when i send them to bed. Mom why can’t we play xbox for one more half hour I mean we are going to be in our room laying down so can’t we play it. No kids lights out

  • Barb @ A Life in Balance
    March 17, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    LOL Boy do kids have opinions on everything!

  • Heather
    March 17, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    I hate when my kids go through the trash on me! I feel like I am part of a stealth mission to get rid of their art/toy wrappers/etc.

  • Andrea
    March 17, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    I loved your post on Scary Mommy about how to survive being a SAHM! 🙂 Glad to be a new follower here!

  • Gina B
    March 17, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    Raising kids with speech delays, I didn’t get any of that. Of course, I DID get belched at angrily. Apparently all kids know how to do that on command, lol!

  • Sarah
    March 17, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    I have a four year old who has a similar attitude! He once told me “Mommy, your not really that smart, are you?”

  • Steph A
    March 18, 2014 at 8:44 am

    Wow. Your 4 year old should hang out with my 3 and 5 year old. It sounds like they already compared notes. My favorite is when I do EXACTLY what they ask and then I get scolded for doing it because they changed their mind in the 2 seconds since they asked! AUGH!

  • Rebecca | LettersFromSunnybrook
    March 24, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    Oh dear, my son is 13 — I can only cringe at what his list for me would be like by now! Too funny.

  • Erin Kienzle
    March 24, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    I just found your blog and I love this post! While I’m a mom of two girls, I can relate. My 3.5 year old is constantly telling me what I’m doing wrong. “Mom, you were supposed to put me to bed EARLY last night so I wasn’t grumpy today.” Oh… right…

    • Sisters to Sons
      March 24, 2014 at 8:55 pm

      Lol that is hilarious Erin!! So glad you found me… sounds like you will be able to relate!!

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