"When I have kids I will never ______"

Here's the sitch', before people have kids there are many occasions  where they'll observe people who have children and think "When I have  kids I will never ______" Then you go and get yourself some of those  cherubic, little angels and if you're like me, you have about 8 million  "Oohhh, Now I Get It Moments" – they're like Oprah's "Aha" moments but  without the free car.

Here are just a few of the little judgement gems that I passed with  Gweneth Paltrow smugness until I had children. I was an idiot but  clearly the Gods were listening.

"My kids will never sleep with me."

I love my sleep and therefore, any child of mine would be kissed on the  head at 7:00 pm, would be put in their crib and would stay there until  the morning. Except what I didn't realize is that it's really hard for  me to sleep through bloodcurdling screaming and that I'd have a kid who  thinks Dr. Ferber can go suck it. In a desperate measure, I tossed him  into bed with us one night and we've all had a good night's sleep even  since. I don't tell many people about it because it's the grand daddy of  all my "I'll Nevers" unless, of course, you bring it up then I'm all  over it like the hypocritical hippy I am.

"My kids will eat what they are fed."

Don't like dinner? Well, I guess you're not eating. Then I walk away and  think about how I'm already worried about his calcium intake and if  he's eating enough protien. If he goes to bed hungry then he'll no doubt  perish in his sleep all because I wouldn't let him have cereal at  dinner. Joan Crawford, Dina Lohan, me. Here's your cereal.

"I'll never ignore my kids like that."

Why  do you even have children if you don't want to be around them?! How  hard is it to accommodate your child if the sweet little petal is asking  you to read Goodnight Moon? Pretty hard if it's the 4,753rd time you've  read it that day and if you ever have a stroke it will, no doubt, be  the only information you'll retain. Sometimes I just want  half-a-stinking-second to think. I love my children but for the love of  God, let me pee alone – I can't remember where I've heard that  brilliance before.

"Why don't you just take your kids to the park, it's so easy?"

You know, you just sit there while they have fun. Oh, wait you want to  go on the swing? No more swing now? Now the slide? Mommy can't fit up  there but hold on tight....whoa...no, come down now!! That's too high!!  Okay, yes, let's play in the sand. No, that's not your truck that's the  little boy's truck. Give it back, please. No hitting!! Hey, do you want a  cookie? The cookies are at home. Okay, let's go home and get a cookie.  Bye park!  Kiss my ass until I've had another Goodnight Moon stroke and  forgotten how horrible you are.

"Why would you take your kids swimming, it's so hard?"

I mean, it takes about 3 hours to get ready for 10 minutes of fun.  Except I didn't think of what else I would do to occupy a small child  for 3 hours if I wasn't getting ready for swimming. Plus, no doubt some  mom somewhere, sometime probably told me that children that don't learn  how to swim by 6 months have an 80% chance of drowning in an inch of  water and grow up to be illiterate serial killers – she must have read  it in an article somewhere.

"Kids shouldn't eat crap."

How hard is it to prepare wholesome, organic, homemade meals and snacks  all the time? I once threw an open bag of cheesies down the basement  stairs to stop my kids from fighting like drunk white girls while I was  on a really important phone call. They swarmed it like racoons and ate  all the trans fat goodness silently off the floor. I stand by my actions  and I'd do it again in a heartbeat.

"Kids shouldn't watch too much tv."

Oh, but what's that? Children stand behind you like a 20lb footstool  when you're carrying pots of boiling water, try to throw things down the  toilet while you're cleaning it or take their diaper off and pee down  the air vents while you're taking a shower?! Oh, too bad there isn't a  magical box that played friendly pictures and sounds to distract them  for a few mintues while you went poo. Wait. What?

"How hard is it to look half decent after you've had a kid?"If  I have pants on when I leave the house I consider my appearance to be  completely appropriate and should therefore, not be judged. I wore  glasses with one arm missing for a year-and-a-half because it broke off  and I couldn't find time to fix it. I haven't been to the dentist since  my second son was born and he just turned two. I finally made an  appointment because I'm scared I'm going to have teeth like a 14-year  old beagle if I don't smarten up.

"How hard is it to keep your cool?"

Pretty hard sometimes. I find that small children have given me a  snapping threshold that would make Gordon Ramsay say "Whoa, cool it  lady." Inanimate objects seem to be the main focus of my wrath because  they won't be taken away from me if I really start spitting cherries (best. phrase. ever.) Instead, I find myself hulking the tabs off the  effing diaper because they won't peel up, drop kicking a basket of  mittens across the room because I can't find a pair that matches or  swearing that if I ever find the murther furking jackhole that put 14  previews on every kid DVD, I will chant "Kali Ma" as I plunge my bare  fist into their chest and pull out their still-beating heart. Breeeeeeeathe.

"I would never let my kids become my whole life."

I used to go over to my "previously cool" friend's place and think how  sad it was that her house was overrun with sippy cups, Polly Pocket  shoes and Dora the Explorer crap. Now I lay in my hippy bed reading  Goodnight Moon until my right eye twitches and they fall asleep.  Then I  look at their perfect, little faces and wonder how I ever lived without  them.

If I could go back in time, I'd tell that childless woman that it's easy  for her to make all these grand proclamations and impose rules on an  imaginary child where she hasn't factored in love, fear or sleep  depravation. Then I'd tell her stop worrying about what she will and  won't do when she becomes a mother and to go take a long look at her  fantastic bum in the mirror because it will soon disappear along with  the all misconceptions she has about motherhood.

"Goodnight nice ass everywhere."

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Oh, but there's more. You can check out ever more of "I'll Nevers" here and here.

This was originally posted as a guest post over at Rants from Mommyland.

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