God everything here - screen time, cosleep, the food thing (yesterday DS had a handful of Jatz, two Yoghurts, a slice of cheese and some berries for dinner and I was thrilled!), licensed merchandise...
He won't have a houseful of toys, I said. We will read together every night, I said (I try to but it's hit and miss whether he will sit through it).
I still believe in this stuff, just reality...
The one thing I've stuck to which I'm proud of is never to argue in front of DS.
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18-06-2015 08:10 #11
18-06-2015 08:49 #12
"I won't snap at/be short with my toddler. It doesn't help."
"I'll ignore poor behaviour rather than giving it attention."
Sooo much harder to stick to in practice!
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18-06-2015 08:59 #13
I'm not going to run to the baby every time he cries. That will only teach him to manipulate me.
What an absolute crock. I know now I could never leave my little baby to cry and I really cringe when people still suggest I should.
18-06-2015 09:35 #14
I have things like "Kids will only get toys from us (parents) and not friends/family", "Bedtime will be stuck too unless sick", etc.
And, actually, they are things we have managed to stick to with DSS and DSD. Obviously I have no way of knowing if it will be the same with any other kids, but it's nice to dream. LOL.
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18-06-2015 10:26 #15
this is hard for me to remember that far back. one thing I did stick to was not to bed share. the babies were in a bassinette in our bedroom for the first few months, but never once slept in our bed. I did intend to breastfeed, and I did manage that. cant think of anything else. I was young when I had the kids. so maybe I didn't have time to think " I wont do such and such'' before I actually had the kids. marie.
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18-06-2015 10:27 #16
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18-06-2015 12:45 #17
Most of the things I said I have stuck to, I was pro co-sleeping and wanted to bf until 2 and I did.
However I also said I wouldn't yell which is all well and good when I only had one child and he behaved pretty much all the time but with 2 I have yelled a lot more than I ever wanted to.
Something which I said I would never do and haven't but now understand why people would is use a toddler backpack with a leash. DS1 - never a runner. DS2 - runner and so fast! He is great now but between 1 and 2 he had no concept of safety and I had no idea if he would stop before a road or not.
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18-06-2015 12:57 #18
"I will never co-sleep"
"I'm going to use cloth nappies and reduce landfill!"
These were ones I didn't stick to - while co-sleeping isn't something that's done every night I do do it when I need to sleep/when DS is sick or just won't go to sleep in his cot.
Cloth nappies - yeah that one never happened. I had good intentions but once he was here I just couldn't be bothered with the washing while trying to navigate having a newborn and being a parent. Then I just continued with disposables. I never even tried. :/
Pretty much everything else I was open to/flexible with.
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18-06-2015 14:05 #19
"My children will eat anything I offer them. I'll just insist". Yeah right!
We went to Thailand last year (insert "cringe, hide in shame, I cant believe I am about to admit this" face), and my kids ate nuggets and chips for 9 nights in a row. After the first night of insisting, cajoling, bribing, threatening and finally conceding that they wouldn't try anything, I realised that my holiday would be much more pleasant if I just gave in. Maybe when they are teenagers we will try again.
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18-06-2015 14:51 #20
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