Every single parent out there practices some “no no” parenting skill. Whether to keep the peace or just because the task of dealing with it just seems too daunting. Most of the time we’re embarrassed to admit that we still do, whatever it is, because parents love to be judgemental of other parents habits. Naturally I find this amusing, when people say to another parents, “oh you’re STILL breastfeeding, cosleeping, letting them have a pacifier, whatever whatever?” Because when someone says something to me about my parenting skills (and believe me, Mother of the Year? It’s being passed over me this year) I usually ask them what sort of embarrassing huge no no do they let their kids get away with. If they’re bitches, they’ll never admit it, but it shuts them the hell up.
One of my not proud parenting issue was bottles. This was my daunting task. The Mini still got two bottles a day. One when he woke up, and one when he went to bed. It’s the only time he really ever asked for milk, and the meltdowns that would ensue when I tried to wean him were just not worth it. Not when his communication skills were kind of lacking. So I just let it go. I’m not proud of it, but there it is. I recently sought out a special cup for his milk and started the process all over again, and with no fanfare or anything, he took the cup. Nighttime milk happens well before bedtime, and I thought for sure the change of the iron clad bottle before bed would me met with a smidge more resistance than none at all. I can officially say we are done. At nearly 21 months, we are DONE. And now my shame is out there on the internet for everyone to see.
So spill it, parents of the year. What’s your secret shame?