Surprises in parenting

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Surprises in parenting
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Fri, 04-02-2010 - 7:43pm
What surprises have you had in parenting?
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Sat, 04-03-2010 - 11:08am

Dylan went through a stage of where every other word was "mom". It drove me crazy. It lasted years. So long that I didn't notice when he slowed down. Now it's only a couple times in a conversation.

Chris

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Sat, 04-03-2010 - 12:14pm
How fun all the different stages are. People keep saying, just wait until. . . .the toddler years, the pre-adolescent years, the teenage years, whatever, but so far, I've enjoyed them all. Of course, we're barely into the teen years (my oldest is 13), so maybe that will change.
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Sat, 04-03-2010 - 12:43pm
Even the stages I liked I was always ready for them to be over. "Ok, Ive done this enough already, lets move on". There is a 7 year gap between my youngest and oldest with one in between them so some of those stages could last a long time. I had a teenage in the house from spring of 1996 until summer of 2009.
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Sat, 04-03-2010 - 1:27pm

Some days the surprise is how cute and smart they are.

Other days it's how this parenting thing just goes on and on and on and on......

Also: that my toddlers would sleep through the night better than my 9 yo. That even though 9 yo was my favorite year growing up, it's been my least favorite year as a parent. That so far for my stepsons teen years are a breeze (after a few minor bumps). That although my sister and I were very different parents when we had infants, we are turning out surprisingly similar as our kids get older. How different boys are from girls (at least in my family). How similar my two girls are to each other even though they are so far apart in age, have different fathers and are being raised in much different situations. How much I love SAH. Also the one mentioned before about how many times the word "mom" can be repeated in a given minute or hour.

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Sat, 04-03-2010 - 4:16pm

Bad surprises: how hard breastfeeding and the first 3mos were, and that I got PPD. Coz that wasn't going to happen to MEEE ;o)

Good surprises: Every time he learns or does something new. Today it was - me: 'what does a birdie say?' DS: CAW!

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Sat, 04-03-2010 - 4:19pm

Oh yeah, this.

I always thought that the gender divide was more nurture than nature. I don't think that any more ;o)

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Sat, 04-03-2010 - 5:10pm

Oh, yeah, boys are waaay different from girls. That Y chromosome means everything!


When mine were quite small, I thought it was possible to have a gender neutral parenting style. Hah!


We had a "no toy guns" rule, but when my son was about 3, he chewed a waffle into the shape of a gun and started shooting with it. Most girls don't do that.

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Sat, 04-03-2010 - 5:10pm

There have been a few...


How different each of my five children are from eachother.


How *easy* the baby stage was for me, despite the sleep deprivation (I don't handle sd very well at all, lol).


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Sat, 04-03-2010 - 5:42pm

My kids are all very different also but I can't say it was a surprise because I am very different from my siblings.

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Sat, 04-03-2010 - 5:48pm

LOL @ waffle gun.

My 2.5 yo dd likes guns too, but not to shoot them like ds does, she likes to use them to fill up her purse :)

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