MommyB’s Q-Vids Week #3

March 11, 2011 6 Comments »

Thanks everyone for your responses to last week’s question: “What is one piece of advice you’d give to new or expecting parents.” I loved all the great comments, and know that my soon-to-be parents will too. My favorites were from Andrea and Tina.

Andrea says a lot to the effect that no matter how much you prepare you just don’t know how things will go, and I love her advice to “Take each day as it comes, accept all the help that is offered to you and don’t sweat the small stuff!”

And I loved Tina’s comment because she talks about the fact that our children just know that we’re doing the best, not that we didn’t use a wipes warmer or swaddle them just right. “When I couldn’t figure out what it was he wanted, he wasn’t thinking to himself, ““Sheesh, can I get a refund?”” No, the most important thing was that he knew he was loved and that his mama was trying her hardest to give him exactly what he needed. That love permeated through him and because of that, there was no way I could fail him.”

This week’s question is a little more intrusive and I hope that encourages more people to participate, I can’t wait to read what you have to say, so here goes…..

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  1. Sarah Trevino ~ *Chefwife/Chefmom* March 11, 2011 at 9:19 AM - Reply

    Being too soft on their children.
    And for mothers, being lazy. Our family dynamics require me to do 99-100 percent of things around the house, (lawn, fixing, etc) since my husband works about 70 hours a week. I will admit, I criticize when I hear mother complaining about not having enough time (especially with one kid and a husband that works 9-5).

  2. Teresa March 11, 2011 at 11:03 AM - Reply

    Letting their kids do whatever they want and giving in to the children’s every whim. Ohhhhh, my biggest pet peeve and honestly the one true one that bothers me every.single.time is how they let young children run around the restaurant and around the dinner table and not once say to them, come back and sit at the table. That irks me to no end. Oh, also, if your child makes a terrible mess at the restaurant and on the floor, the parents should make an attempt to pick up and not leave the place an entire mess.

  3. Candice @ Fashionably Organized March 11, 2011 at 2:57 PM - Reply

    For me the huge one is OVERBEARING!!!! I mean come on people they’re kids not fragile pieces of crystal. From day 1 I let anyone (family & friends) hold my baby with one rule: wash your hands. That was it. I welcome everyone to be part of my children’s lives. I really dislike the parents that coddle their children. I know one mom who won’t go away for the weekend w/her girlfriends b/c she doesn’t want to be away from her child. I think that’s counter intuitive to being a good mother. We all need time away to relax. I know that sounds awful to me that’s over bearing. Your kid will fall, you can’t protect them from everything.

  4. Heather March 11, 2011 at 4:18 PM - Reply

    Wow. I could write pages on this issue. Which is not something that I should mention as I *DO* try to not judge.

    I would say it is not taking responsibility for their child’s choices. These types of parents are the ones that when called home or given a note or email about questionable behavior, their first reaction is to blame the adult. “My child would have never done that. You clearly have made a mistake.” These are the same people that allow their children to run willy-nilly through Target, skating on those shoes and bouncing balls.

    I am not a believer of the philosophy(ies) : “Boys will be boys” or “Well, they are only young once.”

  5. Mandy March 13, 2011 at 12:06 AM - Reply

    I get very upset when people say things like, “ugh! I can’t stand my kids/my kids are so annoying”. It has always bothered me but now that I’m a mom (who almost lost her one and only when he was born) it really really makes me angry. Children ARE blessings and yes at times every child gets on their parents last nerve but to tell your friends and children that you can’t stand your kids is unacceptable. You brought them here and no one said raising them was going to be easy and perfect all of the time!

  6. Holly W March 19, 2011 at 10:53 PM - Reply

    It drives me nuts when we go places, it’s mostly parks where I notice it, and the parents sit on the benches and don’t pay attention to their kids. Okay, it’s one thing to sit on the bench, because I admit, I sit sometimes but I watch my 4 year old like a hawk and always have. If he does something wrong, I talk to him and discipline him if needed. I can’t stand when bigger kids just run over the small kids or are just plain ugly and the parents are oblivious!! Today, we were at a birthday party at a park and a 4 year old boy, who was with the party, found part of a brick, picked it up and threw it and hit another child!! And the whole time his mom was yapping away, never even knew what he did. Makes me (obviously) so angry!!!

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