Good and Bad of Parenting

filed under: Miscellaneous on October 18, 2010

Sometimes I feel like I was blessed with three wonderful and inquisitive and insightful children.

Other times I wonder if their disobedient behavior is a direct correlation to the dreadful way I behaved as a child.

Either way, there are good days and bad days.

Its a good thing that despite their behavior, they are loved and treasured every day.



The Good and the Bad of Parenting

Good: Your children have finally grasped the concept of picking up after themselves and being tidy.

Bad: They demonstrate this talent by trying to clean up the parking lot at Walmart… (i.e. used napkins, old gum, socks…)


Good: The kids are able to play independently on the computer and are really learning from great sites like Starfall and PBS kids.

Bad: They are curious by nature, and seem to be drawn to that delete button right by your in-box.


Good: Manners and Etiquette are starting to really sink in!

Bad: Your child now burps and farts everywhere you go just so he can proudly proclaim, “Excuse Me!”


Good: The kids want to help with laundry.

Bad: They start by taking every piece of clothing and folding it into a undistinguishable blob then get bored after seven minutes and leave you to re-do everything.


Good: You finally hit a stride in parenting where everyone has a general idea of what is expected of them, and you are able to co-exist peacefully.

Bad: You leave the house.

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  • Joy says:

    oh my. I can relate to everything you just said. All I can say is the joys of motherhood! LOL

  • Bethany says:

    That about sums up that stage! You have an uncanny ability to sum up kids in a few short words. I could learn from you. 🙂

  • Mamajoy says:

    I have three boys, this pretty much sums them up to a tee. I love how the message of not wasting food is sinking in, but that means if they drop a crumb on the ground outside, they pick it up and pop it into their mouths. I’ll take whatever victory I can get though. 🙂

  • Renee says:

    Isn’t motherhood grand? 🙂

  • Paula says:

    So true and funny. This post reminded me of some of the writings by Erma Bombeck (I don’t know if you’ve heard of her) but her books are hilarious.

  • Kristen Thompson says:

    I love this. Great insights and it’s always good (and needed) to find the humor in these days of child rearing, isn’t it?

  • Megan says:

    oh man… the manners and etiquette really hits home these days… the joys of boys 🙂

  • ElizaBeth says:

    Just wait, it gets better! You don’t have teenagers yet.

  • Kristin Smith says:

    Oh this cracked me up!! Thanks so much for sharing! 🙂

  • Sarah says:

    I so hear you on the burping and farting thing. I think it helps to think of positive things. 🙂

  • Jen says:

    Love it!

  • Karen says:

    I have an uncanny ability to belch very.loudly.
    And I used to be quite proud of it. (Still am. Just on more of a private level.. LOL!)
    When I was in college I was a camp counselor and made my site director laugh because I would belch loudly, and then in a tiny little voice say, “Excuse me!”
    It isn’t only your kids. *sheepish grin*

  • bridget {bake at 350} says:

    So, so true!!! And one more to add to the fun! 😉

  • carma says:

    cleaning up the Walmart parking lot??? That could make for a full day activity 😀

  • Gianna says:

    James MacDonald (You know, one of our favorite preachers), said just last week that another way to say Amen in today’s language is End of Story.
    So let me just say it!
    End of Story, sister!
    You captured it perfectly!

  • Christy says:


  • The Lumberjack's Wife says:

    Too funny!
    Not that I know from personal experience. 😉

  • Jenney says:

    Kids are the same everywhere evidentally!!!
    Your new computer looks awesome, and your trip sounds wonderful…minus being homesick and morning sick :o) Just catching up…finding time to blog/read blogs harder than ever. Does life ever slpw down!

  • retail management software says:

    There are so many good and bad habits of kids. Some kids are calm and some are aggressive. Some kids play independently and some kids need someone who play with them. So kids always be mischievous and innocent.

  • Janmary, N Ireland says:

    Love the last one 🙂

  • Maureen says:

    OPI Shatter