My 11 year old son has become fascinated with watching our old family videos, particularly the ones where he can glimpse himself at a younger age and our daughter at his current stage. Much to our chagrin, he realized we suck as parents. We’re burnt out– my husband and I haven’t taken a family video in a while, we threw out that summer slip n’ slide we used to haul out onto our lawn and well our second child, our son has in no uncertain terms told us, “We need to make memories of me at this age”.
In fact yesterday as my husband and I were sitting on the couch and watching our youngest play with a stick he found in our yard, and then hatching an elaborate game with said stick – my husband and I gazed at each other and as if in unison said, “WOW, we have really let this kid raise himself up, huh?” and we started rattling off ways the kind of parents we are to our last kid versus the kind of parents we were to our first is so vastly different. Here are the five things we are SUPER GUILTY OF- and why my husband and I SUCK.
#1 After documenting every waking moment of the first baby, the last baby is just another drooling, vomiting entity that needs to be changed. Been there done that. Of course you still coo at the last baby, but you realize that you can all do without video taping their potty training.
#2 Special baby detergent for sensitive-NOT HAPPENING. The last kid gets used to garden variety detergent and likes it. In fact he’s lucky to get his clothes washed.
#3 His life is one big hand me down. Sure he wants a new pair of Lebron’s but he gets Air Jordan’s circa 1999.
#4 He doesn’t get a front row seat to the live stage show du jour, he gets to watch all he wants on tv, which he will be sitting in front of 16 hours a day.
#5 They don’t get a massive birthday party with 30 kids every year. And yes you feel a little bad for your kids but not enough to shell out a cool $1,000. You get the kid a Carvel cake and call it a day.