Did your mother ever say to you something like, “Oh, just wait until you have kids – they’ll drive you nuts too / keep you up at night / refuse to eat their vegetables / drag mud all over the house that you’ll have to clean up.
Basically, she was cursing something irritating that you did.
Or was she just cursing you?
Nah…. But I’d bet your kid(s) have at least one characteristic that makes you a little batty – just like it drove your mom batty when you did it. The cause? I believe in …
… parenting karma!
Well, at least I know it’s strong in my line. I was several things as a young child but mostly stubborn.
Very stubborn. I wouldn’t do much unless it was my idea – or at least what my mom made me think was my idea. My mom loves me a lot, but I’m pretty sure I was a huge pain in the butt for a lot of years. (I guess every kid is in some way, right? Tell me yes???)
And now both of my kids have inherited that streak, especially Baby. Oh boy, when you try to force her to go somewhere in the house, change activities (heaven forbid we stop playing and change a diaper), or take an unsafe item from her – she fights us and wails! My husband is fairly stubborn as well, but I’m pretty sure Baby got her my-way-or-the-highway genes from me.
Poor me, really. Karma is coming back to bite me, right?
And then there’s the bed peeing. Toddler has been potty trained for at least nine very successful months (thank goodness) – in the daytime only. She wears Pull-Ups at night and only very rarely pees. But put underwear on her … and she pees 6 times out of 7 (not that I’m counting exactly, but we don’t give her many chances in a row – for the sake of my laundry life).
Well, guess where she got that from?! Yep, me. I was a pro at peeing when I was kid – everywhere but the toilet! I recall peeing a lot at night.
I’m sorry mom. Right about now I appreciate all that laundry you did … because I’m doing it now, too.
Parenting karma? I think it’s definitely real. Do you?