It seems like all parents to to give their children a better childhood and life than the one they had.
I was blessed with a very happy childhood, and I am trying to give my children close to the same one I have. However, there were things in my own childhood I wish my parents had done or hadn’t done (see above picture).
Here is a list of what I learned not to do from my parents:
1. I will teach my children how to ride a bike! That’s right, my parents totally dropped the ball on this one. They were older when they had me, I’ll let them slide on this one. I still don’t know how to ride one, though! So scratch that- Brian will teach my children how to ride a bike (and while they’ll learning I might as well join in and learn, too!)
2. I will not feed my children hotdogs and burgers except on very rare occasions. My dad and I would go antiquing together, but when allowed to his own devices we would have Kaspers Hotdogs or Nations Hamburgers…Or worse…7-11 hotdogs (*gag*).
3. I will not let my children have a TV in their room. I remember putting it on and trying to do schoolwork. Talk about a distraction.
4. I will not let my children near insecticides. My parents let me bug bomb and spray my playhouse. My poor little endocrine system.
5. Refined sugar will be limited. Mom, I blame you and your house full of delicious freshly baked cookies, brownies, and cakes for my sweet tooth.
With the above being said it is an extremely short list compared to the hundreds and thousands of things my parents did right.
What about you? Do you try to parent according to your own experiences in childhood? What would you change?