Parenting is the hardest job to take as there’s no amount of preparation you can do to pull off everything in a breeze. It is difficult to comprehend how to be a parent most especially if it is your first time, everything is new and far from the roles you previously portrayed in life. Being a mom, you’ll normally experience moments of feeling overwhelmed and stressed. In my case, I experienced a roller-coaster ride of emotions during the first three years of my daughter. Being a mom is tiring but definitely rewarding and fulfilling. The joy you feel each time your baby smile and giggle is priceless.
It’s not a secret that parenting is a journey of trial and error, also known as the world’s most widely played game of improvisation. No amount of reading is going to save a first-time parent from a child left to their own devices. That’s often when the most amusing, albeit messy, mishaps happen. In fact, more than half of parents believe that they can’t take their eyes off their children, otherwise chaos would reign.
As a first-time mom, I had my fair-share of parenting mishaps which I must say shaped me to be a better mom. There’s no perfect parents right? Only persevering and unconditionally loving moms and dads who are willing to exert their best effort to make things right. Up to this moment that my daughter is 6 years old, I still unknowingly commit mistakes from time to time.
Join me as I look back to the mishaps I unintentionally made in my early years as a mom…
I left one of her pony tails on the bed. In a split second, she was chewing it like a bubble gum. Thank God she didn’t swallow it!
That rare moment when I left Keisha unsupervised, and there she was munching her shoe like a fries.
There were countless times when I mistakenly used a regular shampoo or even sometimes my feminine wash to clean her hair.
We both took a nap and when I woke up I found her inside one of our cabinets.
And that que horror moment, when she managed to open our bedroom door and run outside.
Recently, Paracetamol Calpol® conducted a global survey to know the top parenting mistakes and to help parents choose and administer the right medicine for their child. The survey reveals that getting a child ready for school is when most mistakes happen. Here is the list of few of surprising findings in their survey:
- Parents have had some form of related mishap like oversleeping (98%) and making their kids late for school (38%).
- Parents have forgotten to prepare their child’s food for recess (31%).
- When it comes to medicating sick children, 55% of parents are confident about treating their child’s pain, but nearly 1 in 2 parents in some countries find it stressful to know how much medicine to give. This is hardly surprising as the number one parenting concern is when their child is sick
I am guilty as well of these mistakes, but when it comes to medicating my child when she’s sick I make no mistake with Calpol!