Before becoming a parent, many people have strong opinions and beliefs about how they will raise their children. However, once they have kids, those beliefs can quickly change. Here are six things that people vowed not to do before they became parents but do now.
No Bathroom Visitors
“I thought it was SO WEIRD how people would just allow their toddler/small child come into the bathroom and just hang out while you used the toilet,” one parent wrote. “Fast forward to mere moments ago when I was literally leaning forward on the toilet because my toddler said she needed a hug while I was going. Lol.”
Daddy and Mommy
“I said that I’d never refer to my husband as daddy,” one parent wrote. “At this point, he doesn’t even have a first name now. It’s just Dad.”
Before becoming a parent, some people wanted to be free and open with their time. However, once their child is born, schedules become a necessity. “Putting my child on a schedule,” one parent wrote. “To be fair, she scheduled herself, but that schedule COULD NOT be veered from unless you wanted an easy, sweet, and happy child to turn into the biggest headache you ever met.”
Some people vowed never to use a nose suction device on their child. But once their child gets congested, those devices become a lifesaver. “That I’d never ‘use one of those gross nose suction things,'” one parent wrote. “Second, I had no idea how desperate I would be to clear out my newborn’s nose and get him to sleep comfortably again.”
Before becoming a parent, some people vowed never to get sucked into online parent forums. However, those forums can provide valuable information and support. “I’ll never go online and get sucked into parent forums,” one parent wrote. “But then I had a baby and suddenly I was Googling every little thing and joining every parenting group on Facebook.”
Before becoming a parent, some people vowed never to dress their child in character clothing. But once they see the joy it brings their child, those beliefs can quickly changed. “No character clothing,” one parent wrote. “Until I was standing in Kohls holding a pack of Elmo socks that I knew would absolutely thrill my little two-year-old’s heart. The video I have of him wearing his first pair of Elmo socks and yelling ‘MELMO!!!!’ with the biggest smile on his face still makes my heart explode four years later. One of my favorite videos ever.”
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