I Must Confess…an ode to parenting fails
Parenting fails. We’ve all either been on the receiving end of them or have been the unwitting deliverer of them.
It’s the way of the world.
So I thought for this edition of #imustconfess I would create an ode to parenting fails everywhere and to the generations of parents who have contributed to one of the few constants of life.
Except the beautiful, lilting rhymes of my imagination didn’t quite make it to the page. I guess I was bound to attract a fail of my own with this topic, wasn’t I?
So instead, here’s my top 5 parenting fails, counting down from 5 to 1. Make sure you read this in your best David Letterman voice…
Parenting Fail #5
None of my kids can ride a bike without training wheels. We have bought quite a few bikes over the years but we have never been the sort of parents to remember to take the bike with us anywhere or we had yards not conducive to riding so the kids have never really had the chance to learn. The older two have now outgrown their bikes (and are now too big for training wheels) while Delilah has trouble even pushing the pedals on her bike properly.
It is clear we have never mastered the whole “learning to ride a bike” thing. A pretty big parenting fail in my book.
Thank God for scooters though!
Parenting Fail #4
Likewise I’m not happy to confess that none of my kids can tie shoelaces. Matilda has come the closest (she has the benefit of knot tying experience with cub scouts) but Gilbert will probably never learn – especially if we can continue to buy him velcro sports and school shoes. Fine motor skills continue to trouble him and while there are alternatives to tying laces, he is not interested in trying to master something that he finds so difficult and so frustrating.
I have to admit that I haven’t had the mental strength to bring on this battle – we’ve only just got him organised to dress himself each morning so a part of me doesn’t want to stuff everything up because I feel he needs to learn to lace his shoes. Maybe in a few years…
Parenting Fail #3
I know it’s hard to believe but I once forgot to drop Matilda off to daycare. I remember I was pregnant with Delilah at the time and blissfully drove past the turn off for her drop off (which was before Gilbert’s). I didn’t realise that she was still in the car until it was time to drop Gilbert off – thank goodness I had his drop-off to remind me and I didn’t just drive directly to work where I know I would not have checked the back of the car. Suffice to say I was very late to work that particular morning…
BTW I must confess I always feel chills when I hear about tragedies involving children being accidentally left in cars because I KNOW how easy it can be.
It could have been me.
Parenting Fail #2
Falling asleep in a drunken stupor on the floor of Delilah’s room was a real contender for the number 1 position. It was my final day at work and I got plastered – I thought I deserved to let loose after 19 years of faithful service. After consuming more wine in a day that I normally would in a couple of months it was possibly no surprise that I wound up passed out on the floor of my four year old’s room.
It was not my finest moment and I did find it difficult to explain to both girls the next day why I was rude enough to fall asleep while we were in the middle of a game. A game that I don’t recall playing. Thankfully (?) there is photographic evidence of my presence in the room and of the girls tenderly putting me to bed. Apparently I was going to have a sleepover with them. Thank goodness, (for all our sakes!) Nathan saw fit to put me to bed to sleep it all off instead!
Parenting Fail #1
I have unfortunately locked my kids in the car on more than one occasion. The first time saw 2 year old Gilbert stuck in there for a short time until the NRMA made an appearance – they are worth their weight in gold! However the biggest fail was with Delilah. It was a hot day and somehow I dropped my keys while strapping her into her seat. I closed the door, walked around to the driver’s side and then realised with that sinking feeling of dread that I didn’t have the keys. Vigorous pulling on the door handle only confirmed that the car was locked tight.
Thank goodness we were parked outside her daycare – I was able to use their phone to call the NRMA and we were also able to hose down the car while we waited. I tried to make a game out of it for her – I have to admit it’s freaking hard to appear calm and happy and in control for the sake of your 2 year old while inside you are silenting panicking and trying not to hyperventilate with fear. But the NRMA appeared very promptly and I had her in my arms again not a moment too soon.
So that’s my all-time top 5 of parenting fails – do you dare to compare?
What are your biggest parenting fails? Or, instead, do you still carry the burden of failures inflicted on your by your own parents?
C’mon – come clean and make me feel a little better about my own parenting fails!
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