10 Worst Parenting Lies

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If you think about it, we lie quite a bit as parents. The tooth fairy, Santa Claus, the fact that TV will turn their brains to mush ... The list goes on and on. But as parents, we are also lied to quite a bit. I asked my friends for some of the worst parenting lies they've been told, and I've heard many of the same. The following are the most common lies we fell for -- did you hear them, too?

1. That parenting comes naturally. Loving? That comes naturally. The rest is hard work.

2. That you can't get pregnant while breastfeeding. I have many a friend who can prove that one wrong.

3. That baby weight falls off. In our dreams!

4. That boys are easier than girls. Sorry, but they're all impossible.

5. That a c-section is the easy way to have a baby. In what world is major surgery considered easy?

6. The twos are the most terrible. Have these people never met the threes or fours?

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7. That adjusting from one to two kids was tough, but anything after is a breeze. Bullshit. One to two was a piece of cake for me and three kicks my ass daily.

8. That you forget the details of labor once you hold the baby. That's one thing I'll never forget, much as I try.

9. Two kids aren't more expensive than one. Um, care to see my credit card bill?

10. That it gets easier. It's never as easy as it was when your baby wanted nothing but to be fed and cleaned. Period.


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Misty... Misty.Dawn

#6- its been the terrible 2s, 3s, 4s & 5s. With 5s being the worse. He turns 6 in a month so idk about the terrible 6s lol #7-i only have 1 of my own but 3 step children. It took a bit of getting used to (especially since i only had every other weekend to get used to it) but its actully easier to handle 4 than 1. Until something major happens lol #8-totally agree with! Maybe mine was fairly easy compared to how others are, but i just remember tiny little details about labor. I stub my toe & it hurts worse than i remember labor hurting.

Evaly... EvalynCarnate

This was great and I agree with each and every one. ONE thing I'm hearing a lot of lately is that "your second c-section will be a BREEZE compared to your first!" .... Yea. I totally believe that one. 

And the only thing terrible about 2's is potty training. Now that my daughter is 6 going on 16 I laugh at mother's of toddlers and their "arguements". Give it time kids...give it time. And I'm sure there are plenty of mother's of teenagers out there who do the same thing to me. Parenting is hard work and its kinda dumb that people try to sugar coat it so much :-p

Persimmon Lobelia Farthing

What about "Sleep when the baby sleeps"?! (Forget eating, cleaning, showering, walking the dog, washing the dishes, shopping, cooking, laundry....Never mind that the baby slept for 45 minutes at a time, max, day or night, for six months.) I want to slap everyone who ever said that to me.

Histo... HistoryMamaX3

Terrible 2s are a GIANT myth. With all three of mine, 3 was the age of pure terror. They had thoughts and ideas of their own but couldn't express them completely... they were still too little and wanted to be so big! 4 was quite a bit better, but the 2s had NOTHING on the 3s. :-)

And you're right about the number. Two kids isn't the magic number- it is 3... after 3, it doesn't seem to matter as much how many you have it all equates to AAAAHHHHHH! As they have officially taken over. :-) I love mine to pieces and the world wouldn't be complete without them, of course, but there are days that I wonder, what in the world am I doing?!? I'll let you know when I figure it out- but don't hold your breath. lol

mamivon2 mamivon2

Glad I take everything easy in life

MeowLove MeowLove

Persimmon mom, i totally agree. sleep when the baby sleeps? i have a house to clean, and besides that fact, itd take me 45 mins just to fall asleep, and then the baby is awake again! i just drank coffee. And i think the greatest lie is It get easier. in some ways, yes it does, your child gets on a routine, sleeps through the night and you fee a lot better! but once they start moving it gets hard again lol dont even get me started introducing baby food, then solids...

nonmember avatar Jen Eagan

Adding the third was 1000X harder than going from one to two. I don't think whoever says that has more than two kids.

Melissa Brannam

OMG #8  I will never forget my labor....  and the terrible 2's have turned into the terrible 10's

Esther Frankel

I can agree with every single one of these. Number 10 I can't get over. I heard "little kids, little problems, big kids, big problems". That I think is true. The older my kids get, the harder it gets (emotionally).

kjbug... kjbugsmom1517

I couldnt agree more about the terrible 2s. They r a myth. It never gets easier lol. I honestly think parents of teenagers block out the ages between 3 and 13. My oldest is 7 and i swear the past 3 years have been the hardest! With no relief in sight lol..... and i def remember my labor. My 2nd c section was definately easier!

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