We begin with the best intentions as mothers. Only to find ourselves, then, doing things we swore we’d never do.
I also lament the things that I don’t do…
“Oh, today looks like a lovely day to take Claire to the park…Ah, we’ll go tomorrow.”
Or…“My daughter looks like she can go another day without a bath."
It’s hard to admit. Makes me feel like a horrible mother.
Equally cringe-worthy are the things that I thought I wouldn’t say. I find things flying out of my mouth that a) are just plain ridiculous, b) make me realize I’m becoming my mother, and/or c) are probably over my 16-month-old daughter's head right now.
Indeed, she’s ignoring me anyway. But I often wonder what she would say if she had the words (my homage to ‘honest toddler’ on twitter, @honesttoddler):
Why did you just do that? Because
Where does this go? I’m guessing…on the floor?
That doesn’t go in that hole. Why? It fits.
Stop whining. Don't count on that happening.
You’re too loud. I don’t know the opposite of loud
Eat your food. Maybe
Try it; you’ll like it. If I don’t try it, we’ll never know.
You're giving me a headache. And your point is?
Calm down! Why?
We don’t hit! I just did.
I’m only going to say this once. That’s good.
You’re not listening to me. What’s your point?
What do you want? If I knew, I’d tell you.
That’s not a toy. And your point is?
I’ve just read over the list. It’s long! I’m embarrassed. And I’m glad I don’t live with an honest toddler.