As parents, we make many sacrifices for the sake of our children. We forgo date nights, choose pizza over sushi, and hit up the kiddie rides often. I make separate meals for them so that they will eat dinner. When it comes time to choose between their social lives and mine, theirs most always prevails. I could go on and on – you get the idea. But the lines has to be drawn somewhere.
I’m sure you have a list of your own. It’s about dignity, it’s about identity, and it’s also about sanity. Here is my list….
5 Things I Refuse to Do As a Parent
1) Share the secret ice cream. I just discovered this stuff, and I have yet to share it or even tell the kids about it and don’t intend to anytime soon. Or ever.
2) Clip Nails. I tried snipping Emma’s when she was little and I was so upset that I made her bleed so this is a duty I reserve for my husband. I just can’t handle inflicting pain. (When they don’t deserve it.)
3) Allow play-dough indoors. This just recently made the list. Play dough is a #$%&! to clean up, so this is now an outside only activity as is painting.
4) Use cloth diapers. I am sorry, but this idea grosses me out big time. Major props to those of you who do this, but I just could never.
5) Watch Barney. I watched enough of that purple dinosaur during my babysitting years, and one more rendition of “I love you, you love me,” will surely send me off the deep end.
I will do almost anything for my kids, except for the above. So tell me, what’s on your list?
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