1. Haha brilliant. I had very much the same ideals and have ‘caved’ in much the same ways as you. The odd bit of chocolate and chicken nuggets as a treat doesn’t hurt, and TV in moderation can help spark the imagination. It’s also a necessity when you’re up at 5am and waiting for the caffeine to kick in!
    Thank you for linking up with #BlinkyLinky

  2. Haha! I love this post because it’s all true! I’m guilty of all the above, especially the dummy one!! Thanks for linking up #binkylinky

  3. This is great and I can relate to many of them! My sister is super healthy with her kids and they play outside and never watch TV but that’s because they are like that as a family anyway. I soon realised that I can’t enforce rules (like no treats) when I’m stuffing my face with chocolate!

  4. Very funny and so true. I think you can prepare for having a child for 9 months but when one actually arrives, parenthood turns out to be pretty different to what you expected. I think we’ve all given up on some aspect of how we had thought we would parent.

  5. We all do it, don’t we? I tried to breastfeed both mine, didn’t work! I shout and we watch way too much TV. The reality is crude but we have to accept it and ourselves ;-)?

  6. ginacaro

    Lol I wrote a post just like this after I had my two. I thnk we all have an idea of how it should be but you never really know until you actually have kids 🙂 #PoCoLo

  7. HAHA! I really love this post!! The only one on this list that i have never done is having the kids sleep in my bed! Hell no! That MY bed! 😀 Great post! 🙂

  8. I’ve done almost all of these too, especially with my youngest daughter, pretty sure she had chocolate before her first birthday and Peppa was one of her first words, much to my embarrassment! My 4 year old will not try any new food though, including chicken nuggets!

  9. lol this post made me laugh out loud. It reminded me of my mentality before my first was born, and it went completely out of the window! I didn’t even bother picking it back up with my second! Jar food, junk food, telly, co sleep, all been there done them! This is real parenting 😉 x

  10. Brilliant! So true, although think its a right of passage mums to be need to go through!
    I also love Peppa as much as my daughter and the sticker album… Well my husband does it with her and loves it! Think he has more fun!

  11. I think even though you did some of these things she will still grow up to be a lovely young lady 🙂 I love the pic of her with food everywhere lol! x

  12. I love this and I can so relate to everything you’ve said. I tried hard with the first; breast feeding, making purées etc. second child was a bit of a mixed bag. But by the third child all of my ideals had gone completely out of the window!

  13. This is so great, there is a lot in the US right now about ‘mommy wars’ and how mothers pretend to have it all figured out and that they feed their children home-made food all the time, partake in educational activities all the time, never yell at them etc. It only makes it harder for all of us real people out there. Kudos to you for speaking the truth!

  14. Great post. I can relate to some of this but I’m a big believer in moderation so never planned to avoid all tv, plastic toys, peppa pig etc. I suspect though 12 months from now I’ll be tolerating even more though!

  15. Love, love this post. It couldn’t be more true!!!! Thank you for sharing this. I enjoyed reading it and nodding in agreement to most of it. i think we all can relate. #sharefriday

  16. Brilliant post! We’re so full of ideals when we’re pregnant and the reality often ends up very different. Doesn’t mean we’re not all wonderful mums though – we just need to give ourselves credit! I was the same – I managed to breastfeed for about 4 weeks; I just couldn’t do it. It was stressful, he was hungry, I was in agony. I felt so guilty about it but actually, it all worked out fine. I can relate to so much of this post!

  17. It’s nice to read someone else admit it, my husband and I were just talking about how we had decided (before kids) that they wouldn’t watch tv. Ha! That didn’t last long!

  18. notafrumpymum

    I love this and agree with all of it. My little boy went through the Ella’s Kitchen phase too and that was all he’d eat, although he doesn’t like chocolate one little bit.
    I was adamant he wouldn’t have a dummy and tried to stick to it until one Sunday when he was about 5 weeks he wouldn’t stop crying and my mother-in-law suggested a dummy. As soon as it was in his mouth he went straight to sleep, and was perfectly content. I’m just trying to decide now when the dummy fairy should make a visit!

  19. Great post and all true! I remember thinking all the same things only for reality to step in and blow everything out of the water. After four children I have learnt to go with the flow and if the child is happy and loved just follow your instincts and enjoy!

  20. Helen Porter

    I think like your self I went back on everything I ever said I wasn’t going to do, but eventually even if you stuck by what you said they will be exposed eventually, these days I try not to be so hard on myself! great post xx

  21. Great post, we’ve all been there. I’m with you on the bedsharing, and you know what? I don’t feel guilty at all. Infact, I really like it. They won’t be young for long. Make the most of the cuddles. #pocolo

    • bloggermummylauren

      Haha love this! The bed part is especially true, this is one of the things you tell yourself constantly, last night was just a wee blip, tonight you will definately get in and put them back to bed, and it never happens! Also, Peppa pig is just awful, I hate it with a passion, but of course it’s my daughters favourite haha!x

  22. This is BRILLIANT! I can really relate to so much of this list – especially the dummy one!! When she was born, I said never and by the time Grace was 3 months old she had one because it helped her colic. Thank you so much for linking to PoCoLo 🙂 x

  23. Oohhh, the plastic, I can definitely relate to that one. My mother did laugh when I said there would be no plastic and then laughed even more when she saw what my son had for his first birthday. Best laid plans and all that… Good post!

  24. Love this! Very true.
    I saw a card the other day saying “oh, your child is 3 months…please continue telling me how to raise my toddler!! Yup, we’ve all done it.

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