My Current Parenting Truths

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These are my current parenting truths. The state of our life can easily be described by the below GIFs and the above state of my 2-year-old in the car. It’s a mixture of #winning and #HelpMeIMayBeFailing but it is reality. Even with all these I still got lots to be thankful for!

Earlier this week when I asked my kids what kind of cereal they wanted me to buy my oldest told me his favourite was ‘flocons’. It took me 5 minutes of back and forth bickering with him to realize that he read the French side of the Frosted Flakes box and was now convinced that’s what they are called. He has ‘FLOW-CONES’ for breakfast

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Our younger daughter thinks hamburgers are called ‘hamaburgers’ and I will never correct her. I actually go out of my way to get her to ask for ‘hamaburgers’ because if that is so wrong, I don’t ever want to be right. parenting truths

Now that it’s only our youngest at home during the days he is getting a lot on one-on-one time with us. As parents we’re really enjoying the quiet and special bonding time we get with him. As a competitive couple we ask him each day who he loves more…so far daddy is winning (although I am trying to bribe him with cookies to say mommy).

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When I try to get the kids to help me out, sometimes they drop to the floor and act like they are instantly overwhelmed with the complexity of the task. Even if the task is putting their plates in the sink or looking for their schoolbag. In those moments I realize that the saying “you just wait until you have kids of your own’ was the most passive-aggressive thing my mom ever told me.

I always wanted to be honest with my kids, to keep the lines of communication open, to make sure they were NOT learning about things on the internet or the school yard but being that way is sometimes hard. And than I realize my kids are pretty f’n amazing and I continue to tell them the truth because I don’t have time to teach them about the birds & the bees and than about how babies are made a few years later.

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What is a current parenting truth in your house?

Aneta Alaei
Aneta Alaei

Aneta is a Toronto-based mom of four that loves a good meal, great company, and learning something new. In her free time, you can find her trying to keep yet another plant alive.

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  1. kathy downey
    October 5, 2017 / 3:05 pm

    I could have wrote the 25 years ago,this is all our parenting truth and you said it so well.!

  2. October 5, 2017 / 4:14 pm

    I worry that I’m spoiling my daughter with the instant gratification of Netflix and Google Play Music. She always requests specific shows or songs, and I always give in. Remember when we had to wait for a certain time on a certain day on a certain channel to watch our favorite shows, only to find out it’s another old re-run that’s filled with way too many commercials?

  3. October 5, 2017 / 4:21 pm

    Your daughter is just fine. You are a phenomenal dad and give her just what she needs and thankfully on demand

  4. Elizabeth Matthiesen
    October 6, 2017 / 10:58 pm

    Being a parent isn’t an easy task and as I point out to my daughter-in-law it doesn’t get any easier (my granddaughter is 9 yrs old) in fact it gets more difficult when they become teenagers. You just have to do the best you can, you can do no more than that!

  5. Elizabeth Matthiesen
    October 8, 2017 / 6:38 pm

    Kids do need to know where the boundaries are and that NO really does mean no and STOP means stop. These are things that you just can’t avoid teaching your kids but take comfort in the fact that most kids turn out just fine. 🙂

  6. Lynda Cook
    October 10, 2017 / 6:22 am

    This was a great post, I love the cereal Flocons! it was hard raising two girls that fought constantly, but I think I did alright, they each have their own families now!

  7. kristen visser
    October 10, 2017 / 3:45 pm

    oh my gosh I love this post 🙂 And i love how you parent. you tell it how it is & you are truthful with them from the start! no trying to get around things and having to tell them the correct way in a few years from now. you rock momma! my kids are still too young but i totally wanna be honest with them right from the start. and heck, if they wanna call frosted flakes flocons, im all game lol

  8. Meg A
    October 11, 2017 / 1:37 am

    When I was angry with my neice who was a toddler, I made her wash the dishes, till I realized that she was actually into doing it. I realized that the kids in the Philippines don’t look at housework as punishment but, think it’s rather fun and take the time to do it. Many rich families have maids so, the kids don’t necessarily do housework unless the parents teach it as part of their child rearing. My family only had a maid until we lived abroad so, my siblings and I were used to doing things by ourselves.

  9. Donna L.
    October 11, 2017 / 2:44 am

    Good advice. Common sense parenting is sometimes underrated nowadays.

    October 11, 2017 / 9:26 am

    This is good advice. thanks.

  11. LisaM
    October 11, 2017 / 11:08 am

    This made me snort out my coffee: “In those moments I realize that the saying “you just wait until you have kids of your own’ was the most passive-aggressive thing my mom ever told me.”

  12. Laurie P
    October 11, 2017 / 11:29 am

    hamaburgers, love it! We have seagoggles here. Seagulls hahaha

  13. Calvin F.
    October 11, 2017 / 1:42 pm

    Parenting is hard, very expressive post!

  14. Janet M
    October 11, 2017 / 6:10 pm

    They all have an essential kernel of truth. Parenting takes a lot of work.

  15. Alanna W
    October 11, 2017 / 9:28 pm

    Thanks for this. My parenting truth right now, is do what you have to do, even if it means letting bm my daughter watch elmo for 1/2 hour after daycare to make supper and prep for the next day!

  16. Linda H
    October 11, 2017 / 10:46 pm

    Parenting can sometimes be the hardest but most rewarding job.

  17. Darren Scrubb
    October 12, 2017 / 10:01 am

    Great information I will take notes on for when I am starting my family.

  18. Darren Scrubb
    October 12, 2017 / 10:04 am

    Great information for anyone with a family.

  19. Tammi L.
    October 12, 2017 / 1:53 pm

    When we took our daughter to Disneyland she was about 4 and she fell in love with the Dumbo Ride and from then on the association stuck in her mind so that she was CONVINCED it was called Dumboland. I didn’t try very hard to correct her either, lol.

  20. nicky
    October 12, 2017 / 6:16 pm

    Love this post, so funny and true. My current parenting truth is saying it’s bedtime because it’s dark outside, even if it’s a bit earlier than the scheduled bedtime 😉

  21. Debbie White Beattie
    October 13, 2017 / 3:22 am

    Sometimes you have to remember your sense of humor when parenting and other times it’s hard to remember not to laugh when they’ve done something really bad but hilarious to grown ups.

  22. Jonnie
    October 14, 2017 / 2:15 am

    We have days filled with nothing but fun and laughter and other days feel tense and rushed but I figure in the end it balances itself out. Hamaburgers is so cute! My second oldest (13) always called pancakes “pan-a-cakes” and I loved it.

  23. Donna L.
    October 15, 2017 / 1:21 am

    Good honest thoughts.

  24. erin n
    October 15, 2017 / 8:33 pm

    Thank you for sharing, Aneta! This is lovely. Hamaburgers – so cute <3

  25. October 15, 2017 / 11:40 pm

    There is nothing easy about parenting but you know your reward is when they grow into nice polite and caring people.

  26. AD
    October 16, 2017 / 1:48 pm

    Thank you for sharing. Honesty, love, and the willingness to embrace their dreams/quirks/challenges is what parenting is all about…

    October 17, 2017 / 7:21 am

    Thanks for the great information

  28. nicolthepickle
    October 17, 2017 / 7:34 pm

    My three year old thinks no, means just keep on going. I know it’s my job as a parent to help her obey. Ahh!

  29. Donna L.
    October 21, 2017 / 3:16 am

    Great post for all parents.

  30. Linda H
    October 24, 2017 / 3:10 pm

    Great information to keep in mind and remember with the kids.

  31. Judy Cowan
    October 27, 2017 / 8:39 pm

    Love the flocons, that gave me a giggle. Great post.

  32. Leslie C
    October 30, 2017 / 1:16 am

    Great post!! Thank you I really enjoyed reading!
    I have 4 teenagers, 3 of them boys and they ALL tower of me….occasionally in their (WRONG)minds that means they are the bosses!!

  33. Leslie C
    November 7, 2017 / 2:20 am

    The main parenting truth I’ve learned is that every parent makes mistakes!!

  34. Elizabeth Matthiesen
    November 26, 2017 / 10:59 pm

    I always thought there’d be payback time when my kids had kids of their own. The one who cried for the first 3 months, who was lazy at school and uni had 2 adorable children who were super babies. The oldest could be a little difficult at times when he was a toddler but now a 9 he’s a super big brother and lovely kid. Another one of mine was a great kid, intelligent, helpful, diligent in school and Uni and her first two have hardly ever slept through the night! Her 6 mth old is another super baby, sleeps well and drinks well. All my grandkids help out in the household and without grumbling too. I must have been doing something wrong with mine.