Parenting Fails: July Round up of the best parenting fails on the internet

parenting failsParenting is full of highs and lows; we laugh, we cry, and we grow. There was no manual sent home with our baby and with everything new, there is a learning curve. I’m sharing my journey with you and with every new adventure, there are epic fails along the way. Please share with us some of your parenting fails so we can laugh, cry, and grow together.

Parenting fails, we all have them. Here is some of the funniest parenting fails for the month of July.

 

 

Fellow Mommy Bloggers share their #parentingfails:

#1. Adultingmama: I was driving to the local fair with my two boys in tow when I started to feel overwhelmed. I was overwhelmed with using my GPS, watching out for pedestrians, searching for free parking, coordinating a meeting place with dad, and answering the 353rd “why?” question my toddler asked me on the way to the fair.

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I took a deep breath and quietly breathed the words, “oh crap”. My two year old instantly picked up on my frustrations and informed that I shouldn’t say “oh, crap” but to say “Jesus Christ”

“Mama, you want to say, Jesus Christ!”

#2. Jayne at thisconnecticutmom.comI recently taught my three year old his first joke. “Guess what?” …. “CHICKEN BUTT”. It was funny the first couple dozen times. Then he started saying it in public and to his grammie. And it became not so funny. My husband was like, good job there mom. … We’ve since got him answering the joke with PIZZA HUT! It’s not as funny but it’s also not something I’ll have to worry about when he goes to preschool in a month. Not my smartest moment

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#3. Becky from diapersanddogfood.com:  My daughter loves to paint, we do it all the time. She knows the rules and never makes a mess. So one day she was painting I decided to take a shower, she comes in and asks if she can do a handprint. We’ve done this before so I said ‘sure just be careful!’. Few minutes later she comes back, decided to paint not only her hand but her entire arm. Both of them. Legit fingertips to shoulders covered in paint. She’s like ‘I need to wash my hands!’. That’s an understatement. She looked like Crayola threw up on her. No more unsupervised painting…

#4. The wordy mom from thewordymom.com: A parenting fail so big that she wrote a post on it. Here’s an excerpt, ‘I greeted him with a smile and a kiss, instead of the tears he had come to expect. Right then, he knew something was up. He walked over to Lucy and said hello. She didn’t respond. He snapped his fingers in front of her eyes. Still no response. “There’s something wrong with her,” he said. “How long has she been like this?” Sheepishly, I said, “she’s been quiet all afternoon.” Five minutes later, we were on our way to emerg.’ read more at thewordymom.com

#5. Emma from meandbmaketea.com wrote a post this month about her adventures of eating out with a toddler,  Here’s an except, ‘So our food arrived and this is where it started to go downhill. B decided he wasn’t hungry at all. Instead he thought it would be hilarious to do the following, all within quick succession: Blow bubbles in his drink. Stick his fork in his drink. Eat ketchup and mayo from the little square packets. Squidge his fork in to his veggies. Flick them across the table…and the list goes on.’ Read more at Eating out with a toddler…Why do we bother??!

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THE GREY AREA OF PARENTING

Parenting is Not Easy

I chose this picture for my blog for two weeks while I was waiting for a logo. I chose this picture because I wanted something that would explain where I am coming from and where I want to go with this blog. Parenting is not black and white, instead it’s a gradient of grey where you, as a parent need to make daily decisions that will impact your children in some way. They are often not easy decisions and they are often decisions with no right or wrong answer. We go in blind and hope for the best.

Why did I pick this Picture

This picture was taken on a nature walk with my toddler. It was an ordinary nature walk until my son decided he wanted to collect rocks. I would have brought a bag if I knew we were rock collecting but like everything else in our life, this was an impromptu decision by my toddler. As we were collecting more and more rocks, we quickly ran out of pockets to carry them all. Not satisfied with a pocket full of rocks, my determined toddler went on a mission to find a carrier. To my great surprise, out of the woods he came out with a carrier. More precisely, an empty case of Bud Light.

Character Development vs. Social Acceptability

He was so proud of himself for finding a “bag” for his rocks that he made up a rock carrying song that he sang while he swung his “bag” back and forth in his arms searching for more rocks. How could I tell my son that it was inappropriate for him to carry a case of beer? This is the dilemma that I often face; teaching my son what is socially acceptable verse character development. Is it socially acceptable for my two year old to carry a case of beer? No. Is determination a positive character trait? Yes.

The Grey Area of Parenting

Parenting is a constant battle of teaching our kids right from wrong but ultimately there is a lot of grey area that is up for debate. Did I make the right decision letting my toddler carry a bud light case? I don’t know. What I do know is that my son faced a problem, set a goal for himself and was ultimately able to solve the problem. This shows me ingenuity, creativity and the ultimate lesson in life; you can do anything if you set your mind to it.
I am constantly swimming in that grey area and I know I can’t possibly be the only one. So sit back, enjoy a glass a wine and hopefully laugh while I share some of my adventures in parenting with you.

My kid eats dirt

My kid eats dirt and I don’t care. I know that dirt is, well, dirty and not meant for consumption but lets be real, most of the food we feed are children is not meant for consumption. McDonalds? KFC? Not real food and I can tell you why; my first son had fast food for the first time when he was a little over one years old. We decided to go on a camping trip, a story for another post, but on the way we decided to get KFC. My son had a chicken tender and some wedges. Let me tell you the green slime that oozed out of him and crept up his back in the middle of the night was enough to convince me what fast food does to your body. That stuff is not meant for human consumption and adults must have some kind of tolerance for it from years of consuming process food. Anyways, if you want to feed your child fast food, that’s fine with me but don’t judge me for my kid eating dirt. If my child wants to take a big ol’ fist full of dirt to the face, so be it. It’s organic isn’t it?