"I did my best parenting before I had children."
I had this preconceived notion before I had children of what kind of parent I was going to be.
Also of how my children were going to behave.
Of how we as a family were NEVER going to do that-
Whatever that was.
We were not going to do it!
I was NEVER going to yell at my children. Get upset maybe, but NEVER get so upset that I felt a need to yell, let alone actually yell.
My children would NEVER act out in public.
Or any place for that matter.
Because of course all I would have to do would be to tell them once what kind of behavior was expected of them and they would behave that way.
All of the time.
I would NEVER have bratty children.
I would ALWAYS be so proud of their behavior.
And if my children had siblings, they would ALWAYS treat them kindly and with love.
They would ALWAYS protect their sibling and NEVER do anything to hurt them.
If I ever had boys, (so I got four) they would NEVER drive their little cars around someone else's coffee table scratching it up.
They would NEVER break a neighbors window or one of ours while playing baseball with rocks.
They would NEVER think of spraying hairspray (yes I use hairspray-something I would never do) on flies to stop them in flight.
Or put duct tape on their siblings leg to see 'what will happen'.
I would NEVER have children who talk back.
Or EVER showed any form of disrespect (including eye-rolling).
ESPECIALLY my teenagers!
I would ALWAYS be patient.
I would be glad to answer the 'why' questions no matter how many my children would ask.
And I would answer them all.
Patiently of course.
With the correct answers.
And if I did not know the answer, I would look it up and get back to them.
I would NEVER forget to do that.
My children would NEVER have to go to the principals office or get in trouble with the law in any way.
They would not be the ones who talk in class or who get their name on the board or who have to stay in from recess (do children even have recess anymore?).
I would be the room parent and love every minute of it hoping to organize more school carnival fundraisers.
My children would ALWAYS go right to bed when asked and NOT get up and ask for a drink or forget to tell me something really important.
And I would NEVER yell at them to get back in bed and make them cry because 'they were just trying to tell me they loved me'.
I would NEVER question why I became a mother.
I would ALWAYS be sure and confident that I was a blessing to them.
And of course I would ALWAYS remember what a blessing they were to me.
I would ALWAYS know why God entrusted me with His child.
Why He believed that of all the homes on Earth that ours was the best place to send this child.
I would NEVER feel inadequate or frustrated or scared.
I would ALWAYS know that I was doing the right thing.
Or like I was not cut out for this job.
I would NEVER want to quit or question why I thought this was such a good idea.
And the one thing I know for SURE is that I would NEVER, EVER, EVER stop loving this child!
And that is the ONE thing that I was ABSOLUTELY, one-hundred percent right about!
Even BEFORE I ever really became a parent.
"I am a very patient, loving, understanding and calm mother... until my children get home from school."