As parents you can begin to live in a bit of a bubble. What becomes normal to you may appear slightly strange, random or a tad crazy to the outside world. I’ve compiled a list below of bad habits that I’ve picked up so far along the way…
- OTT mouth actions when your child is eating. You simply can’t help it, even in public, even when you’re irritating yourself.
- Expressively mouthing the words to songs, common phrases, pretty much anything your child says predictably. God help me during school plays.
- Making silly noises to your child to entertain them and continuing to do so when they’re no longer in your presence i.e. walking down the street, at work etc.
- Singing theme tunes from kids shows in public.
- Being overly cautious. Walking an inch behind your child everywhere she goes whilst rambling “Be careful, don’t do that. Be careful” along the way.
- Announcing to a room full of people “I’m just nipping for a wee wee” or asking someone “Do you need a wee?”
- Beckoning your child with a whistle or pat of the knee.
- Blindly eating leftovers from your child’s plate even when it’s been half chewed.
- Being protective/biased of your child and justifying their behaviour: “She won’t have pushed him for nothing”, “She’s just tired” or “I think she’s teething”
- Inadvertently lying to your spouse about the last time you changed/fed your child as the days blurred into one and you’re just pleased you’ve both survived.
- Comparing your child to others, in your head your child is always going to be the best and even when they’re not, there’s a reason.
- Looking forward to your next visit to the toilet as it’s the only place you get a bit of peace. Being secretly grateful when your child insists on hounding your partner during their toilet time. More peace!
- Pretending to be asleep when your child wakes in the night, followed by pretending to be asleep when your partner nudges you to respond to said child.
- Giving in to your child’s demands for an ice lolly/tiny smartie/’weeties just for an easy ride when you no longer have the energy to negotiate with a two-year-old.
- Discussing children’s characters with your mates on a night out and getting irrationally angry about said characters personality flaws.
- Being overly animated in responses to your child and allowing this to filter into adult life. Colleague: “I’ve got a sausage sarnie for my dinner” Me: “Wow! Great choice!” *claps loudly*
- Oversharing with people that don’t really care about your child’s achievements that day. Me: “She’s had a wee on her potty” Postman: “Okay”
- Forgetting vital items when leaving the house. My coat, The pram, nappies, food for child, drink for child, car keys, wallet, child’s coat, my coat. Humblebrag: I always remember the baby.
What interesting habits have you picked up as a parent? Pop them in the comments below…