We all know the saying, that I was a better Mum before I had kids. And I know in some ways that is totally true. There were things I would see my Mum, and other Mums in public doing that I swore I would NEVER do when I had kids. But of course I do them all now, and probably more! So here is our list of the top 5 things I swore I’d never do before I became a Mum.
5 Things I Swore I’d Never Do Before I Became a Mum
1. Licking My Finger
I used to hate it when my Mum would lick her finger and scrub at something on my face. “That’s so gross! I am never going to do that when I have kids!” Think again! You finally make it to kindy drop off and you realise that the flannel you passed your 4 year old after breakfast was not used at all! Out comes the spit on the finger trick to remove the smear of peanut butter on her face. You don’t want the teachers to think you never clean your child! A slightly classier alternative is to spit onto a tissue and then clean the face!
2. Putting Veges in Things
When I was younger, one of my favourite treat meals were tinned ravioli (I know, I was a strange child). My Mum would insist on putting peas into my ravioli! Now I find myself going one step further, actually using cauliflower and avocado as the base for pasta sauces. I grate courgette into almost everything and also bake with vegetables. Sorry Mum.
3. Letting Them Play on My Phone
I used to look at parents who would entertain their children with a phone or tablet at a restaurant and wonder why they weren’t just playing with their children. How dumb was I! When you have been waiting for a meal for 40mins and you are trying to keep your wriggly toddler from ransacking the restaurant there is only so much colouring and playing of I-Spy that can happen. So yes, after all the crayons have been used, the mini puzzles have been done, the toilets found and the table games played, the phone sometimes comes out.
4. Talk Tirelessly About My Kids
I would listen to my friends who already had children talk about them every chance they got. In my naive world, I still thought going out and shopping were important. But now, I too have joined the masses and talk about my daughter just as much as the next Mum!
5. Sweat the Small Stuff
I never imagined that I would be a fusser. I was always the roll with it type. But now that I am completely responsible for another little human, there are so many odd things to stress about. Are they warm enough, have they eaten enough, am I going to be able to find a toilet where we are going? Matching socks, the right teddy bear, snack contingency plans, triangle or square sandwiches? These problems are daily and real!
What did you swear you would never do until you became a Mum? Let us know in the comments below or over on our Facebook page.
Gemma is a kiwi Mum of one and is the Editor for The Baby View. She also works with preschool children, loves cooking, loves sunshine, loves chocolate and loses countless hours at a time looking at cute baby pictures on Instagram!