11 Times Canadian Moms Broke Their Own Rules
Moms break rules too. Before kids entered the picture, there was this image that played in our heads of what parenthood would be like, how we were going to do things and the things we swore we would never, ever, ever do. That was before we knew what it was all about. And while motherhood is a blessing, obviously, reality sets in on what having a child really means, how it affects our lives and all those idealistic thoughts and dreams are vanquished from those initial plans.
We reached out on social media to real Canadian moms to find out what pre-kid rules they've broken and how they quickly learned that being a parent is so damn easy — until you become one. Basically? If you're a mom, you can totally relate.
Broken rule: my baby will sleep on their ownI wouldn't co-sleep. I said MY baby would sleep in her own room from the start. Isla slept in my bed (and my husband slept in the guest room) since she was a few days old until about a week ago when she hit 11 weeks old. Now I sleep on her floor as she adjusts to her crib. But hey, at least my husband gets his bed back.
I'll be going back to our room soon. And then he'll snore, and I'll be the one trudging to the guest room. But if we can at least fall asleep together again, maybe even READ together again...I’d be so happy.
— Sherri, mom of one
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Broken rule: no fast foodNo way, no how was I ever taking my kid to McDonald's. Riiiiight. My two-year-old loves chicken McNuggets and Egg McMuffins.
— Crystal, mom of one
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Broken rule: no screens at restaurantsI swore I would never put a tablet in front of my kids while eating out at a restaurant. But let me tell you, getting a family of six out of the house at the same time for dinner is harder than anyone thinks — especially with the different ages of three, 12, 13 and 22. We all get into talking more and putting a tablet on helps keep the three-year-old calm and distracted as the rest of us continue talking. We get looks from others around us sometimes but I don't care. They don't know how hard it is to get my whole family together at once.
— Laura Lynn, mom of four
Broken rule: kid friendly music only zoneI thought I would be a mom that would play and teach and sing to my LO. I do on some occasion but gawd after the third "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" or the 38363727th "Let It Go," I'm done and let Spotify play.
— Mellie, mom of one
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Broken rule: I will never lie to my childI promised myself I was not going to lie to the kiddo. That didn't last long!
"Mama, can we go to Chuck E. Cheese?' 'Sorry, bud, it's closed for renovations."
"Mama, can I have a sip of your Coke Zero?' 'OMG, no, it's so spicy!"
"Mama, what's that building?' 'It's jail school, buddy. If you don't behave at school, that's where you have to go."
— Sadaf, mom of one
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Broken rule: children will have my undivided attentionI would see parents in stores or restaurants completely ignoring their kids. "Mom, Mom, Mom." I swore I would ALWAYS listen and be attentive to my children. That apparently isn't reality. It's like a built-in mechanism that allows you to tune out.
— Lisa, mom of three
Broken rule: no leaky children hereI said my kid would never be the one with a snotty nose. Daycare came along and his nose looks like a bat cave on the regular and I occasionally wipe his nose with my own sleeve. Gross.
— Karen, mom of one
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Broken rule: keeping the car immaculateI wasn't going to let my daughter eat in the car (the mess and potential choking etc.), and my car would always be tidy. First day with the new convertible car seat, my one-year-old was having a meltdown in the car wash lineup, so I gave her a pouch, of all things. Such a mess. Pretty sure there's puréed fruit on the ceiling, and I have yet to clean it up a month later.
— Lauren, mom of one
Broken rule: cars are for adults not childrenI said I would never own a minivan, I don't care if we need to take two cars everywhere. I have twins, two dogs and a 15-year-old. My minivan comes May 6th.
— Tiffany, mom of three
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