Parenting

I want a re-do.

As most of you know my eldest daughter is a teen. My youngest child is now eight years old.

So, why is it that it is only now that I feel like I'm ready to have a baby?

No, I'm not talking about having another child but I now think I'm ready to raise the babies I had. You see, I know stuff now.

I know now that a child will not damage her teeth or her thumb by sucking on it until she's four years old. 

I know now that if I just leave them undiapered long enough children will eventually toilet train themselves.

I know now that I really shouldn't sweat the small stuff. All that weird stuff they do? They outgrow it.

I would love to be hugged around the knees again. I miss that.

Don't get me wrong, I want the same kids I have, but since I now have some experience with infants and toddlers I think it would be more fun for all of us if I could re-do their baby years.

My children trained me well, I just think it's too bad they won't be able to really benefit from it.

Sigh.

Now I've just got to figure out how to raise teenagers. 

Why do I have the feeling that I'm gonna want a re-do in fourteen years for this as well?

12 thoughts on “I want a re-do.

  1. I know what you mean… Having my first child 3 and 1/2 years before my second, I figured I would be more educated going in this time. It is true for some things and not true for others. Either that or I didn’t learn the lesson properly the first time. BUT for the major events, like toilet training, getting her off the baby bottle etc… I hope that I can achieve these sooner knowing what I know now.

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  2. Mine are still in the under 4 category but I have realized that my 1st was the “easy” one just from a personality standpoint. I still had no clue what I was doing and it SEEMED hard at the time. Little did I know!

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  3. “I know now that I really shouldn’t sweat the small stuff. All that weird stuff they do? They outgrow it.” I suspect this still applies to the teenagers 😉

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