A daily photo-blog of my life as an American transplanted in the UK.
Monday, 24 January 2011
Y3 - 116/365: Parenting 101
As a first-time parent, I can admit that we're sometimes "winging it" when it comes to raising our children. You do the best you can with the skills you posses and may even indulge in a little advice off other seasoned parents who, once like yourself, were "winging it" as well. It is through this experience that we, as parents, learn things that are good ideas and things that are not.
Today I learned a lesson.
Good idea: Teaching son the value of hard work and the satisfaction of a job well-done.
Bad idea: Allowing him to touch the same electrical cord that he was previously told is not a toy.
My first reaction was to think, 'oh, that's so cute...he's helping' and snap a quick photo, and then upon reviewing said photo, my reaction is, 'oh shit! I shouldn't have let him touch that.'
Bad mommy moment...sending mixed messages.
Note to self: The cat is an AMAZINGLY EFFECIVE distraction tool. And get Ryan a toy vacuum.
After two and a half years in a long-distance relationship, I packed my life of 29 years into 21 boxes and moved to England to marry and be with my husband, Matt. Now I'm reveling in the youth of my 30s in Great Britain, supply-teaching in primary schools near Birmingham and enjoying newlywed life, being a mommy, and all the surprises they bring!