6 Things I Never Thought I’d Do as a Mum

As time has passed, there have been things that I’ve been dead set against either before becoming a Mum or when Elliott was younger that I have since allowed. So far nothing untoward has happened and I wonder what I was so concerned about.

6 Things I Never Thought I’d Do As a Mum

Let Elliott watch the iPad

Seriously, I tried the whole busy bag thing, colouring in books, books, toys etc. to keep Elliott occupied if we were somewhere like waiting in a Doctors surgery or going on a long car drive but his attention span was always so short and they just didn’t interest him. In the end, Mr. G and I both caved in and let him watch the iPad on occasion. The fact is, most kids are going to be using one of these things in school every day soon and so all of our work of not letting him use an iPad will eventually be undone. Our role is to moderate its use and expose him to the things that he can learn away from the screen. 

Let Elliott watch as much TV as he does

I remember before having Elliott that I very much had the ‘I will not use the TV as a babysitter’ mentality. Ha ha ha!!! Yeah right! I honestly don’t know what I would have done without the television and good on anyone who has managed to eliminate it from their childrens lives almost completely, but in our house it’s been a sanity saver. It’s helped when I’ve had to make the dinner and Elliott isn’t keen on playing, it’s helped to chill Elliott out when he’s refused to sleep. There have been times when I’ve been so sick that I couldn’t get off the couch and the TV has been a lifesaver and the days when no matter how hard I’ve tried, playing, crafting, colouring hasn’t worked and it’s been sweltering heat, the TV has been my saviour. As with the iPad, it’s all about moderation and being strict on viewing times.

Let Elliott drink juice

It’s only been in the past few months that Elliott has started having juice. Up to this point I was so against it and Elliott would only have milk or water. I don’t know what it was that made me add a little bit of orange juice to his water one day, but I did it. He doesn’t ask for it, to him it’s a bit of a treat when he does get it.

Put Elliott into a childcare center

I was always set on the fact that Elliott would only go to family daycare because it was homely, more intimate and focussed on a smaller group of children. For some reason I always had the image of a childcare centre being more like a mini-factory for kids….who knows why I thought this, possibly someone elses experience.  As much as a family daycare worked really well for Elliott when he was younger, I realised that when he was two, he needed interaction with more children of his own age group and a more structured environment. By the time he was two, he had developed more and his personality and needs were more apparent, especially with his speech development. This is when I decided to give a childcare center a go and it’s been a great decision and I’ve noticed the change in Elliott.

Let Elliott sleep in our bed

This is another very recent change. For a very long time I’ve always been the one wanting to co-sleep, however, Mr. G has always been very much against it and so from Elliott’s first night at home after he was born, he’s been in his own room. I love the feeling of cuddling up with Elliott and making him feel secure, when he’s older I’m not going to have this opportunity.
Elliott has been going through a strange phase recently where he will not self settle to sleep anymore and wants me to cuddle him to sleep and so I’ve been doing it. He’s also recently come to my side of our bed during the night and I’ve quite happily had him snuggle up with me in bed. It was a good nights sleep for all.

Let Elliott eat lollies

The first time I think Elliott had a lollipop was when we went to New Zealand last year, we gave them to him for when we took off and landed, luckily he was a good little boy and didn’t have to give them to him during the flight to keep him happy. More recently when it was time to leave a certain playcenter and Elliott decided to throw a huge tantrum in front of all the other parents, I happily took the lollipop from the lady offering it at the exit gate and it instantly stopped the tantrum. Lollipops can be a lifesaver but party lolly bags usually get eaten by me so to save myself from a hyperactive toddler with a sugar overdose. 
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Eva Lewis (The Multitasking Woman)

Eva is the Editor and Owner of The Multitasking Woman - a lifestyle and parenting blog.She always has her fingers in many different pies but wouldn't have it any other way. Eva is a Mum to her 4-year-old son, 2 month old daughter, two chickens, one dog and a fish called Bob and a wife to Mr G. They all live happily in their little cottage on the outskirts of Brisbane.

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  1. July 14, 2014 / 6:17 am

    Great post Eva, very relatable. I use lolly pops when we fly too, the last time we went to Melbourne (just myself and the two boys) Liam had consumed three of them before the plane even levelled off! My thought are (and always have been) just do what works for you and your family. Both of our boys slept in our room until they were six and ten months old respectively, and now if either of them wakes up during the night upset, or when if they are unwell they either come into bed with us or I jump into bed with them.
    Juice is one I’m still holding off on, Liam has had it a couple of times (not my choice) but he doesn’t ask for it, so I don’t give it to him.

  2. July 14, 2014 / 6:29 am

    Last night, my baby girl ate 3 Chocolate Frogs. That was always a no-no – especially with my first kids! But that’s the joy of experience isn’t it? The relaxing of the rules. Whatever works!

  3. Malinda
    July 14, 2014 / 7:04 am

    I very quickly learnt to ‘never say never’. All parenting ideals tend to go out the window when you have kids and you just have to do what works for you at the time.

  4. Lucy @ Bake Play Smile
    July 14, 2014 / 7:23 am

    Hehe I think if this is the worst you’re doing, you’re obviously doing a pretty mighty fine job!! xxx

  5. christinekt
    July 14, 2014 / 9:00 am

    You got to do what you got to do! And I’m sure he’s thriving, right? 🙂

  6. July 14, 2014 / 12:30 pm

    I let her sleep in my bed occasionally and we watch abc4 kids.

  7. July 14, 2014 / 1:38 pm

    ALL OF THE ABOVE! Ha ha and definitely NEVER eat my beloved child eat Maccas.. oh how the ‘mighty’ have fallen. Great post and our youngest has been frequenting our bed for a bit now, not always but it is kind of nice to get snuggles!

  8. Kathy www.yinyangmother.com
    July 14, 2014 / 9:34 pm

    I’ve done all of these (no crimes there) and I can safely say my kids have survived to almost 11 and 4.5. Have put my foot down about having BOTH in bed with me (when hubby on nightshift) though!

  9. July 15, 2014 / 12:32 am

    I can totally relate to this post. I’ve done so many things in the last few months that I never thought I’d ever do as a parent. I’ve always been into the co-sleeping though … I love those snuggles 🙂

  10. July 15, 2014 / 1:07 am

    Never thought my son would eat glass… 😉