Okay, now before you misinterpret the headline, I just want to say that I love kids. I have two boys, who are 20 and 12, and I am a super proud mom!
But I overheard a conversation between two moms the other day and I thought, “Don’t your kids do anything wrong?” They had nothing but amazing things to say about them or least it sounded that way. “Johnny won a 7th place ribbon at…..!” (A 7th place ribbon! Those exist?! Why?!)
Listening to these women talk, I realized a lot of people don’t talk about the bad/stupid things their kids do. And I get it. When I had my oldest, I would always brag about how smart he was. He could do nothing wrong, he was my perfect child! I was overprotective, I was worried about his feelings getting hurt, and frankly, ignorant to what he needed to learn and grow. (No excuses but I WAS 16 when I had him, and well…… this blog is all about kids not being that smart, so…… 😉 #babieshavingbabies)
I remember the day I woke up. My son was 4 and he was afraid to go down the slide at the park. What had I done to him! My babying him was making him afraid of the world! From that day forward, I made sure he tried things. I didn’t force him into activities he wasn’t into but I never held him back from doing something because of my own fear of him getting hurt physically, mentally or emotionally.
Kids will live and learn, and sometimes the lessons will be tough! They are awesome but they are also stupid sometimes.
If you’re reading this and thinking, “There’s nothing wrong with my child, they’re perfect!”…I suggest a quick round of hide and seek.
My sons are incredible but they also drive me up the wall sometimes, and I am SURE they feel the same way about me! At the end of the day, none of us are perfect, but we try our best and it’s all love.