Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Lies I Told Myself

Sometimes the days-before-kids seem like yesterday, other times those days seem an eternity ago. Mostly it depends on how near nap-time we are. In reality I've been a mom for a little over three years.

I laugh at my pre-kid self. Because seriously, she had NO idea what was about to happen. (I also happen to be insanely jealous of her sleeping habits.)

I told myself so many lies about how I would be as a parent:

We're going to be on a perfect schedule.
Toys won't take over my house. 
Kids won't sleep in my bed.
I'm so ready for this parenting thing.

Now? I can tell you those are all lies. But I honestly believed myself at the time. Another lie I told myself?

I won't tell silly little lies to my children to just make things easier.

But, suddenly these silly little lies are spilling out of my mouth. All. the. time:

Sorry, sweetie I don't know where the last two cookies went.
Mommy doesn't know how to change batteries.
Mickey mouse seriously loves avocados, Henry. Don't you want to try them?
That arcade machine is broken, but maybe next time.
Sorry, Netflix doesn't have Calliou anymore. How about Carebears?

So, let's hear it: What pre-parenting lies did you tell yourself? What notions changed for you after the reality of kids set in?

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