Sunday, December 16, 2007

As a Mom, I Swore I Would Never Let My Kids....

I attended a brunch at our church a few weeks ago and the speaker told a funny story that inspired this post.

You know how before you become a parent you silently observe other people with their kids and
say to yourself that you will either 1) NEVER let your kids do XYZ or 2) see something you like other parents doing and try to remember that so you will do it with your own children?

I know from my own personal experience that I do more of the former rather than the latter. One thing I always said to myself was that I would teach my kids not to ever pick their noses in public. Well, let me tell ya, that is something that is nearly impossible to accomplish--especially in a cold climate where runny noses are rampant. What is it that is so satisfying about picking crusty or slimy boogers from your nose?

I never wanted my kids to be meeting someone for the first time while picking their noses. "This is my son, Ewan (picking his nose proudly)" who then extends his hand for an introductory first meeting hand shake. This happened the other day and I told my friend, um, you may not want to shake his hand.

Truth be told, in my big bag of goodies, um, diaper bag, and in every room in the house I have tissues but by the time little fingers get to their noses it is too late for me to dig them out and the nose picking has already happened.

So, I have decided that the best thing I can teach them is to at least wipe their boogers on tissue if they haven't reached for one in the first place. Or perhaps I should teach them the fine art of booger flicking? I know, ewwwwwww!

Isaac prefers to stay in his car seat until all the boogers are out of his nose. This is a note to self....pack some tissues in the back seat of the car that are in reachable distance of booger picking fingers!

Other things I swore I would never do as a mom....
1) Yell at them in public (or private for that matter)
2) Run around with chocolate or other food spread on their faces
3) Pick their ear wax with my fingers
4) Use my own spit to wipe something off their faces
5) Run around with a poopie diaper

Unfortunately people, I have to tell you that I have done ALL of these things. Sigh.

What things have you swore you would never do or let your kids do?


Darlene said...

No nose picking in public, your a strick mom!!

Total with you on it, BUT unless they invent nosepickin provention plugs, I don't think it will ever stop.

LOVE baby pictures, He is such a cutie!

Dawn said...

don't judge me. i'm only human:

whereas we lack the tissues in the diaper bag, i have used my own sleeve and/or lucy's shirt to wipe her runny nose! sometimes i just get desperate and it's leaking like a faucet.

Anonymous said...

We tried to take our annual family photos on Saturday morning. Caleb, normally a swell little guy, was in rare form running around, refusing to be still for a moment. And on those moments when he did smile, sister was generally bored with waiting on him and was doing something, umm, unpicturesque. And no joke--the photographer actually snapped a picture where Caleb was picking away at his nose while Miriam pulled her lips sideways with her fingers, tongue out and all.

I almost even bought it.

;) monica