Parenting is hard enough as it is. Why do kids have to be so cute? It’s like they’re out to get us.
Being the disciplinarian for your kids is hard work. It’s the worst part of being a parent as far as I’m concerned. Nobody wants to have to make their children cry or take toys away. It’s just not the fun part of being a parent.
The fun part of parenting is when they cuddle up with you on the couch or you get to sit back and watch them play with other children and laugh wildly. The fun part of parenting is watching them learn something new and have that “lightbulb” moment. It’s like watching their brain progress in real time.
Sadly, though, we have to teach our kids the tough lessons as well. They have to learn what it means to be kind and well mannered. They have to learn what it means to be generous and share their toys and their time with other children, their siblings included!
We also have to teach them how to be nice to adults and follow rules. Parenting involves setting boundaries for our children and making them stick to said boundaries, which is the hard part. We can make rules all we want, but if we don’t enforce them then they’re worthless.
This becomes increasingly harder as our children become smarter and wittier. Parenting is hardest when our kids are at the stage where they are so cute and cuddly, but they are also aware of rules and when they break them. This puts them in the sweet spot of knowing when they have done something wrong but also being smart enough to think of ways to defend themselves.
The video below is the perfect example of a child who knows she did wrong, but she can’t help it, her Barbie told her to do it!
Photo credit: Flickr/Jay Ryne
Thank you to the parents of the Tearful 3-year-old tells dad how Barbie made her break the nail polish rules, this video has made my day at least two days in a row!