OK, I bet this is something we can all chime in on -- what were your never-gonna-happen parenting moments that rapidly fell by the wayside?
I can give you two examples, my first and my latest. First, I never understood why parents would let their little ones wear an unsnapped onesie. I mean, how hard could it be to just finish up the diaper job and snap the sucker?! Well, that one brought me to my knees before ever leaving China with Zoe. After wrestling a diaper onto her wiggly butt, I was too worn out to care that she was wandering around with that ridiculous-looking hang-down of an unsnapped onesie! She had the diaper on so she wouldn't pee on the floor, and beyond that, who cared?!
My latest example: graphic novels. Yes, glorified comic books. Oh, how I've reacted with scorn to parents buying their kids graphic novels instead of REAL books! Now, Zoe has a complete obsession with graphic novels -- Amelia Rules, Ellie McDoodle, Smile, Amulet. . . . I can't buy 'em fast enough to keep her in reading material! (In fact, I could use some suggestions of graphic nevels appropriate for the pre-teen set).
I'm sure there are tons of other pride-goeth-before-the-fall parenting moments I'm not remembering, too. How about you? What was your first and latest parenting absolute that collapsed on you?
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