One thing Autism taught me very quickly, was all that above is well...for the lack of a better word...it is all BULL SHIT. I am going to be honest that I wanted all of that crap above, because I grew up in a society where you weren't good enough if you weren't the best, richest, fastest, prettiest blah blah blah.
Then Autism knocked on the door.
In the beginning I still lived in that fantasy world where everything had to be perfect on the outside. Then one day Grace melted down in a CVS and threw up all over the place. It was one of the first times the world saw the imperfect side of my parenting. Another time she threw a butter knife across the restaurant. So, I realized something really quick. Perfect is not real. And a lot of imperfect stuff happens behind close doors. And you know what? It doesn't make YOU a bad parent. But you will become a better parent when you admit to yourself, you can't control it, and it's not going to be perfect. Also embrace all the imperfect stuff and allow it to be apart of your life. Honestly if your kids aren't getting into stuff and flinging poop across the room, you are doing something wrong. ;)
You are also doing something wrong...
-if you have never had crayons or markers on your walls or furniture
-if your kids has never gotten the scissors and cut their hair
-if your kids have never pooped/peed/vomited on the couch
-if your kids drew with sharpie marker all over their face
-if they never sprayed a whole can of shaving cream and baby powder all over the bathroom and their body
-if they never have choked on something or almost choked
-if you've never called poison control
-if she never got a whole tub of hair gel...in her hair
-if she never punched a peer or pushed a peer out of her way
-if he has never eaten dinner under the table
-if you have never let them watch TV or IPAD all DAY
-if he has never been inside the toilet bowl...yes inside
-if she has never hit, kicked, scratched, punched, head butted you in a room full of people
-if she still has a bottle at 4
-if he still has a pacifier at 6
-if she never has spilled a whole box of cereal on your bed
-if he never got into jars of Vaseline...peanut butter...or anything sticky like that
-if you have never brought them to the bus in snow man pajamas in JULY with hot pink nikes
-if you have never fallen asleep and woke up to your daughter on top of the fridge or inside the dryer
-if your house is never a mess
-if you have never forgotten to buckle the car seat
-if you have never sent them to school with unbrushed hair/teeth or unbathed
-if you have never let them be naked or just chill in their underwear at home
-if you have never let her wear rain boots or ear muffs in the summer
-if they have never made any type of public 'SCENE"
and my all time FAVORITE
-if they have never walked in on you having SEX and assumed you were play fighting and then proceeded to jump on you...yea true story ;)
Here are some of MY greatest parenting moments :) and remember EMBRACE the imperfections of parenting...because in the end you will be a better parent.