We all have grand ideas as to how we’re going to raise our kids. I think deep down we want to raise our children kind of differently to our friends and parents. Put our own stamp on child-raising. A lot of these ideas sound great, but the day-to-day of keeping a kid happy and healthy can be a bit of a shock to the system. Like a job, you’ve got to sometimes just get to the end of the day and eat half a tub of ice cream/drink bottle of wine. I should tell you that I actually said most of the statements below before our daughter was born. And yes, I realise that I’m a complete moron and I was completely wrong.
If you’re a ‘Future Parent’ I think you’ll find out the truth. If you’re an ‘Actual Parent’ you’ll (hopefully) have a laugh and say ‘amen’:
Future Parent: “I’m never going to let my child watch TV.”
Actual parent: “Good luck with that one when your kid wakes up at 4:30am for third day in a row and you feel like you’ve got the hangover of the century, despite the fact that you’re too tired to even thinking about smashing a bottle of wine. A re-run of Thunderbirds is a godsend while your kid chows down on a bottle of milk.”