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Let’s get real for a moment, shall we? Kids have this amazing way of completely obliterating even our best-laid parenting plans. I want you to play a game with me. Think back to your pregnancy. The moment where you still believed you were in complete control, that you could plan for every contingency and chart the perfect course for your kids. Trust me, I’ve been there.
Then I gave birth and “the plan” went out the window. See, kids don’t really care about your life itinerary for them. They just want to be kids! They want to soak up every last moment of joy, even if it pushes your buttons at times. These are just a few of the many ways my son has completely obliterated my best laid parenting plans…and why that’s totally okay! Plus, see how I get help getting at least some of my plans back on track thanks to L’il Critters™ gummy vitamins!
5 Ways Kids Will Obliterate Your Parenting Plans
Throwing a wrinkle into your birth plan
From the moment my son was born, he threw a wrinkle into my perfect parenting plans. I planned for him to arrive on time- give or take two weeks. I’d have my epic baby shower, the nursery would be done. I’d rush to the hospital and delivery a perfect 7lb baby boy. Basically, I planned a TV show delivery. Instead, my son arrived 8 weeks early, 3lbs, and 5oz, with a broken arm. The nursery wasn’t done. The baby shower was epic mostly because he was there asleep in the next room!
It took me a long time to be okay with my perfect birth plan going out the window. I spent six years trying to get pregnant and felt like the universe robbed me of my Hollywood moment. As my mom reminded me over and over again, it doesn’t matter how your baby gets here, only that he does.
Making mealtime as challenging as humanly possible
When I was planning my son’s future, I envisioned him eating all sorts of amazingly healthy foods. Choosing broccoli over chocolate, salad over candy. Since my son was a preemie, feeding time was a challenge right from the get-go. Just when we got that figured out, we’d hit another snag. When he was two, I realized that he was going to be a picky eater. Not just any picky eater, though, but the pickiest eater on the planet.
As tough as it is to plan meals, I’ve learned to be okay with it. It’s an adventure, trying to find new foods that he actually likes. Since there are still gaps in his nutrition, I rely on L’il Critters™ Fruit n’ Honey Bee Active Complete Multivitamin. L’il Critters™ have been his favorite vitamins since we first tried them a few years ago. He loves the new line even more because it’s made with real clover honey (he absolutely adores honey). I love that it’s made with real fruit juice* and contains no artificial flavors or HFCS. The multivitamin is an excellent source of 12 vitamins and minerals, so your kids can get nutrition even when they obliterate your mealtime plans!
Questioning you so often that you question yourself
If there’s one thing kids are great at, it’s asking tough questions. Sometimes they’re easy enough to look up. Thank goodness for the internet, right? My son has asked some really strange questions over the years. I’ve spent hours looking up information on bone marrow (he went through a phase where every cut was the end of the world when he was three, so I taught him how blood cells are formed), black holes (kindergarten), and most recently, string theory.
The toughest questions, though, are the ones that make you question yourself. Just when you think you have the “right” answer to your child’s greatest conundrum, they throw back a “what if” that blows your mind. These are the moments that challenge us in the best way possible. They also let us know that our kids are going to be okay. That they have the ability to think for themselves and question things they don’t understand, which in turn leads to standing up for themselves and against things they feel are wrong.
Testing the boundaries of mom’s “yuck” tolerance
I never, in all of my planning to be a mom, imagined just how gross kids can be. Never. I’m not even talking about the “yuck” that comes out of them during the first few years. You get oddly used to that. I’m talking about the stuff that comes later. Earthworms dangled in front of your face. Weird stinky science experiments discovered under the bathroom sink. The “but I don’t want to shower!” phase that repeats itself every few years. All the while, you’re thinking to yourself “how on earth do you not have the plague yet???”
Turns out, my son has an incredible immune system. I make sure to keep supporting that healthy immune system while allowing him to explore all the world has to offer with L’il Critters™ Bee Immune Super C Plus Booster. It’s a great source of Vitamin C plus a boost of Vitamin D and Zinc for immune support**. Like the L’il Critters™ Fruit n’ Honey Bee Active Complete Multivitamin, it’s made with real fruit juice* and real honey.
Completely stealing your heart the way you never thought possible
If there’s one thing you can never, ever plan for, it’s just how much your child will steal your heart. Oh, you know you’ll love them. You even know that you’ll love them more than you can imagine. Until the moment you hold them in your arms, though, you have no idea just how deep that love will run and how you won’t be able to imagine your life before them.
See, while our kids are keeping it real by obliterating our best-laid parenting plans, they’re doing something else along the way. They’re teaching us what it really means to be a mom. It’s not about planning. It’s not about perfection. It’s about love, pure and simple. There’s nothing more real than that!
I say forget the plans! Keep it real and go with the flow. You’ll find ways to balance everything out, don’t worry. For me, my biggest balancing act comes with mealtime, which is why I rely so much on L’il Critters™! L’il Critters Fruit n’ Honey is now available nationwide at select mass, drug and grocery stores as well as online retailers. Visit their website to find retailers near you!
Which of your best-laid parenting plans have your kids completely obliterated? Tell us in the comments!
*Contains 16% pear juice from concentrate
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