Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Things I can't do anymore since becoming a MOM

1. Watch the local news. Dh is with me on this one. Every child on that news program looks like one of my kids, somehow. I can get literally ill when I hear of a parent hurting an innocent little child. 2. Watch any type of "Save the Children" kind of infomercial. I almost had a breakdown the other day when "American Idol Gives Back" was on. I was so overwhelmed at how much suffering is in this world, and I felt so unable to help. I was especially moved (upset) when Annie Lenox went to an African family where only the children were still alive. The 15 year old brother was trying to take care of his younger brothers, but he looked like a baby, himself. The parents had died of HIV. The littlest one was barely 3 years old. It was a good reality check, though on how easy my own life is. 3. Watch any type of wild animal shows. I used to watch Animal Planet all the time. It was one of my favorite channels. Now I can't stand to see the animals hunt and kill for food. Secretly, I used to get a kick out of it. Now, it just really bothers me to see any type of suffering even if it is a part of the circle of life. Am I the only one on this??? 4. I don't judge other mothers like I did BEFORE having kids. Isn't it funny that I knew everything about parenting before I even had kids???? HA! I love it when I get criticism from people who have never actually parented themselves. I don't see discipline as black and white as I used to. I don't know why it becomes so blurry when it is your own kid. I mean, it REALLY is adorable when my 22 mo. old shouts "NO MOMMY" to me....isn't it???? 5. I don't enjoy McDonalds anymore. I used to love it. Now, it just tastes like chemicals to me. Same goes for most "kiddie" type foods i.e., goldfish, candy, sodas, french fries, etc.. 6. Go to bed early. I have to have kid-free unwind time. That means if the kids went to bed at 8:30, I need to have about 2 hours of no pressure time to unwind. 7. Get sick. Moms can't get sick. I had this realization the other day when my 4 year old was sick. He needed me to hold him and give him special attention. The world keeps right on going even if mom gets sick. There is no such thing as laying in bed all day without any interruptions. At least, I've never experienced it. That is all for now. Please let me know I am not entirely CRAZY!

4 comments:

weavermom said...

I'm with you on all of these, except McDonalds. I got where I didn't like it because it tasted like chemicals, but now with the kids I kinda like the Big & Tasty. I still can't enjoy the chicken though. :)

I totally agree about the evening news. And I watch so little TV, that I find what I do watch affects me more than it used to. Un-de-sensitized I guess. :)

Great post!

Diane said...

Okay, did I write this or what??? I can't watch any movies where anyone's child gets abducted/sick/killed. Cannot. No McDonald's - chemicals. Wild animal shows? Not if they're polar bears eating their young. Don't tell me about any children in the news either. As for kids in third world countries, I've been there, I've held them. But now that I'm a mom, it's even more gut-wrenching than ever!

Elaine A. said...

I am totally with you on the "save the children" thing. I totally lost it during that segment with Annie Lenox.

We are sponsoring a Compassion International child now so that helps my heart a little but still...

The Wells Family-Jason, Gwen, Paige, and Lane said...

Have you seen the commercial against gun crimes? There are all these little boys who disappear right before their mom's eyes. They grew up & committed gun crimes and were taken to jail. It's gut wrenching. If you haven't seen it, don't! :)

However, the Animal Planet shows don't bother me. I still like all of the "laws of the jungle" programs. :)