If you could "omit" one task of parenting


#1

which task/chore/headache would you trade in a heartbeat – this has to be a parenting task, not “laundry” or “dishes” – I’m talking “diapers” “vomit” “medicine admin” “toy cleanup” “homework supervision” – that sort of stuff…my absolute LEAST favorite part of the day is bedtime…the act of getting them to actually get into their beds and go to sleep – we have a routine, have for years. They know it’s coming, it’s the same every night; story, prayers, bed. No changes, no wrenches thrown in, we hardly ever travel…lol. But for some reason, it just happens that is my least favorite “mommy task” of the day. – don’t get me wrong, I love my children dearly, but I think by that time of night, I’m just kind of waiting for the “ahhh…” of knowing the kids are in bed, and I have a few minutes before I fall asleep to tend to me and DH…just for a few minutes. It’s like my kids can sense this and jump all over it…lol. And for a long long time they’d FREAK if we even suggested DH take them up for bed; if I’m out (on the rare occasion) and it’s just him home, they’re FINE with it…but if I’m within sight of the house, it has to be Mommy…and I know why…lol, it’s b/c he’s much more disciplined than I on it all…he can say “ok it’s time to go to sleep now” and my son will kiss him goodnight, and roll over. ME? Nope; needs another hug, some more snuggling, another story, some water, some tissues, you name it…

I’ll admit it. I love my children so much it hurts sometimes, but I really really don’t like putting them to bed!!! LOL

Finally we just said “ok, Daddy’s doing bedtimes now…period.” – it helped that I was sick for a week and in bed by the time they were coming up…


#2

getting them to eat healthy food… my 3 year old will eat a giant chocolate cupcake in 3 bites but will cry, cough, gag if I sneak 1 green bean into his mouth. Sooooooo not fun.


#3

Potty training.


#4

Keeping my temper when it’s more about me being mad than about them being bad… not spanking them when I know for a fact that Dad would have spanked me.

In a nutshell, being consistent and predictable, even though my moods aren’t.

I don’t wish I could give it up, exactly, so much as I wish I didn’t have to deal with it. I wish it came easier. The funny thing is, I wouldn’t have thought of myself as an impatient person before I had kids. HA! They are like a personality-trait CIA. If it is in you, good or bad, they’ll bring it out of you.


#5

[quote=leaner] And for a long long time they’d FREAK if we even suggested DH take them up for bed; if I’m out (on the rare occasion) and it’s just him home, they’re FINE with it…but if I’m within sight of the house, it has to be Mommy…and I know why…lol, it’s b/c he’s much more disciplined than I on it all…he can say “ok it’s time to go to sleep now” and my son will kiss him goodnight, and roll over. ME? Nope; needs another hug, some more snuggling, another story, some water, some tissues, you name it…
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Let me guess… your DH is a bit more of a disciplinarian and has an easier time telling the kids “no” and sticking to it. :smiley:

It’s similar in my house, really. The kids go to bed easier for me. They don’t ask me for a bite of something I’m eating, either, which my wife is constantly innundated with.

Parenting task I could live without? Even though my kids are all out of them, deffinitely diapers.


#6

after spending a week with each of my daughters and their kids, my guess would be driving them to their various activities. Like DD says, If I am a stay-at-home-mom, why do I spend my whole life in the van?


#7

[quote=puzzleannie]after spending a week with each of my daughters and their kids, my guess would be driving them to their various activities. Like DD says, If I am a stay-at-home-mom, why do I spend my whole life in the van?
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I agree. I really disliked waiting for sports or musical practice to let out.
But…I must say…
Nothing can beat the pain of the ‘courting/dating’ years…however long those last…


#8

Dealing with adolescent mood changes and backtalk…

Oh, for the days of diapers and teething!


#9

potty training was easy…it’s hard to say, cuz even though a lot of duties are hard, they still have some fun in them…oh, I have a good one: going to meetings at their school…does that count?


#10

vomit–ugh, esp when it travels from one child to the next in phases. It can take 2 weeks for a tummy virus to travel through all 5 kids, plus mom and dad!!! (this just happened by the way, can you tell? In the bucket!!! in the bucket!!) then, the resultung diarea (sp?) :eek:

ah…the joys of parenting :smiley:


#11

getting everyone ready for school:p


#12

Bedtime.


#13

Discipline!!!


#14

the least fun but most critical…discipline… especially when you have more than one yung’un and they all react to disciplines differently


#15

Feeding young babies “solid” food! It seems like for every spoonful that goes in two come out, three end up in their hair and another 5 or 6 on their and your clothing!

I HATED feeding my babies.

Wish they could go straight from the breast to Cheerios.

cheddar


#16

I would omit having to wake up at night to nurse/feed baby.

I feel that if I could get a good night’s sleep everynight, my life would be alot easier and I could deal with absolutely ANYTHING.

I need sleep soooooo bad!


#17

The bedtime routine is a toughy…My four year old gets up, on avg. three times…I go up the stairs and quickly stick her back in the bed…just like Nanny 911 says…if I can get her to quit talking…I win!

Which comes to another problem…the child does talk a bunch…I know one day I’ll miss it…but my goodness, my head spins sometimes…but I always listen and say uh huh.


#18

TEETHING


#19

**Car trips. Everything else is really not that big a deal - just too used to it I guess. **

But oh how I hate dealing with the “he’s looking out MY window!” “she’s not touching me!” (hand held just a little bit away, but still in the way enuogh to annoy) “the baby is chewing on my gamboy game!” “I need to potty” “His diaper smells pooey!”


**Now, normally they are very good children and the car trips don’t go too bad really. But it seems like when they do - they are trying to make up for the times when they were good, kwim?:stuck_out_tongue: And it always happens when mom/dad are least in the mood to deal with it.:o **


#20

Right now, I would have to say potty training, because that’s what we are starting to work on now. I just wish he would magically be potty trained and I didn’t have to worry about it.

Oh well. I am sure there is some reward in Heaven for successfully potty training your toddler.

:slight_smile:


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