Ten things that parenting has taught me

There is always plenty of wisdom to be found over on the Learner Mama blog and this week Lucy has shared ten random facts she has learner in Motherhood. I immediately started composing my own list in my head … and as it is a linky I get to share them too!


My educators in motherhood
My educators in motherhood

1. When up against the superior knowledge of a four year old… just accept that you are wrong and they areย right. It does not matter how many degrees you may have in the subject… YOU ARE WRONG… accept it!

2. It seems there really is an infinite number of characters in the world, just keep having children if you don’t believe me and you will marvel at how different each child is!

3. Bed time guilt… watching the face of your beautiful sleeping child will fill you withย guilt and remorse for being so frustrated and impatient during the process of trying to get them asleep in the first place.

4. However if your sleeping beauties wake in the night all guilt is forgotten and you immediately revert back to the states of frustration and impatience!

5. There is nothing sweeter than a pair of little arms wrapped around your neck in an “I love you Mommy” hug.

6. No matter how hard it might be to understand most of your toddlers words, if they decide to use a “bad” word it will come out clear as a bell, especially if in a public place.

7. It is virtually impossible to suppress a laugh when your child does use a “bad” word for the first time.

8.ย Throw away the parenting books and don’t ask every parent you meet for advice… remember you have millions of years of evolution on your side… no one really knows your baby as well as you do, so just relax and trust your instincts and you will know what is right! (It took me A LONG time to realise that one!!)

9. All previous eight point can be disregarded as I have learned that every thing I think I have learned since becoming a mother gets disproven by my children, eventually! They like to keep me on my toes so the rules are only the rules until someone decides to change them!

10. The capacity of your heart to love someone completely and unconditionally is infinite. There is no science to explain this one but I have learned it to be true every time I have looked into the face of each of my children for the very first time.


They are just my ten random things but it you want to find out what other people have shared, check out the linky over at Learner Mama (just click on the image below). It makes for great reading, there are plenty of points you will agree with and some that will surprise and amuse…. and if you want to share your own ten points then just join right in!




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24 thoughts on “Ten things that parenting has taught me

  • May 17, 2014 at 7:55 am

    This is so lovely! I had a laugh at the sleeping rule…they look so angelic, you feel like a monster! And then during the night they become the monster ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • May 18, 2014 at 12:24 pm

      I know April… it is so true though isn’t it? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • May 13, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    I’m really enjoying reading these posts…I did think of doing one on the teenage years, but then again, maybe you’re all better off in blissful ignorance of what might lie ahead!

    • May 13, 2014 at 9:14 pm

      Haha you make a good point but still I would love to read your “ten random things” list! go on, go on, go on!

  • May 12, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    Ah yes the swearing. I remember my husband banging his head when our eldest was about eighteen months old – the delight she had in repeating his expletive over and over for days afterwards. They just know don’t they ๐Ÿ™‚

    • May 12, 2014 at 11:05 pm

      They do know is right! I don’t know how they pick up on it but they just seem to know it will get a good reaction!

  • May 12, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    The ‘I love you’ hugs really are the best. Though sometimes I think he’s already starting to manipulate me with them ๐Ÿ˜‰ We’ve still got most of your list to look forward to – I’m taking notes!

    • May 12, 2014 at 2:50 pm

      Haha Sheila yes there is often a bit of manipulation with those hugs alright, but I guess that’s the pay off we are willing to accept ๐Ÿ™‚

  • May 11, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    Oh gosh yes, 4 year olds are ALWAYS right!!! 3&4 are so so soooooo true. Great post ๐Ÿ™‚

    • May 11, 2014 at 8:41 pm

      Thanks Ciara… it is so true isn’t it, and there is just no point in arguing ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • May 11, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    No. 2! No. 2! No. 2! Isn;t it amazing? I am always struck at how totally different my boys are. Sure, they share some similarities but on the whole, they are all hard-wired differently.

    • May 11, 2014 at 8:40 pm

      I know, I remember being pregnant on my third and wondering how we could possibly fit another character into the family as the two others seemed to have every trait covered between them… but I was completely wrong!

  • May 11, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    Love it! Especially the infinite numbers of characters. I often think that when I look at my twins. They have had exactly the same..everything… from day one yet they are so completely different in every way!

    • May 11, 2014 at 8:39 pm

      Good point Sadhbh you must see it even mor so with twins, I never thought of that ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • May 11, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    Love the list Naomi. I still remember the first bad word. He repeated it about 20 times and loved the sound of it. Luckily we weren’t in public at the time and he didn’t add it permanently to his vocabulary.

    • May 11, 2014 at 8:38 pm

      Haha you were lucky Una … yes hopefully they grow to know not to use it, the four year old tried out a big bad word recently, in perfect context but luckily it has not been heard since!

  • May 11, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    Great list Naomi, I think what has most amazed me is how the children become more wonderful with each year, if that is possible. However, I am awaiting the day when they hit the teenage stage and it all reverts to chaos.

    • May 11, 2014 at 8:29 pm

      I am dreading that phase too Lorna, lets hope it is not nearly as bad as we expect ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • May 11, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    brilliant balance of humor and honesty!! i love it!

    • May 11, 2014 at 6:21 pm

      Thanks so much Louise, really glad you liked it!

    • May 11, 2014 at 6:20 pm

      Thanks Aedin – yes number 6 is soooo true, and not only does it come out clearly, it is always used in perfect context… don’t know where they pick it up ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • May 11, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    Great post! Super list. Thanks for taking part! There is certainly no science for the capacity of the heart fir that infinite love ๐Ÿ™‚

    • May 11, 2014 at 6:19 pm

      Thanks for creating the linky Lucy, what a great idea!

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