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'I would never!'

Famous last words.

You remember that list, don’t you? All those things you said you would never do when YOU had kids?

A friend of mine was compiling a list online and I noticed some trends.

Co-sleeping topped the list. You know, sleeping with a baby/child in your bed. I was guilty of this one. I remember even giving a girl I hardly knew online a hard time about her decision to put her baby in a co-sleeper. Of course, when my turn came, we happily assembled the co-sleeper and thought nothing more of it. It worked for us.

Another one was “NIP” or nurse in public. I am a tad bit embarrassed to admit that in high school I even went so far as to declare breastfeeding gross. OK, I am a lot embarrassed by my naïve self. My son weaned at 13 months and my daughter at 16 months. I obviously found nothing gross about it when my own children were born.

Our list went on for a little while, but another I am guilty of is cooking separately for my kids. I always said my kids were going to eat what we ate, and I would only cook one meal.

For the most part my kids eat what we do. We try to make family meals and I make an effort to find recipes that we all will eat. Then there are those nights when my husband and I want something such as lamb vindaloo (yum) and no, I don’t expect my kids to eat lamb vindaloo. Other nights, I just don’t want to hear the whining. So the kids get hot dogs, or chicken nuggets, or macaroni and cheese and we have a nice quiet family meal.

Add to my list. What did you swear you would never do, but did anyway?