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post #61 of 212
I hate family friendly restaurants. Johnny Rockets. The Olive Garden. Chili's.

Shudder.
post #62 of 212
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Originally Posted by nikkiethridge View Post
haha i wonder how big this thread will get.

i think for me, it's people who brag about how they never baby proofed their house. i dont think i could spend my whole day scolding my son for trying to open cabinets with dangerous objects, stick his fingers in sockets, and run into sharp corners of the table. it's nice just being able to let my DS roam the house without major worries like that, i dont see how other moms do it.
I don't know for other people, but I know I used "babyproofing" gear a lot less with child #2 than child #1, and at later ages. With 1, i felt like I needed to put in cord guards and child locks really early, like before she was born. By the 2nd child, I had a better sense of how the development progresses and put in that kind of stuff when he was more mobile, etc. I've taken it down earlier too, having stopped blocking off the stairs for DS at not quite 2, just supervising better (he climbs gates, which is less safe than just not using the gate)! I never used bed rails on our bed for cosleeping w/ DS, but did with DD, the first child. I also knew what stuff was just a pita, and tried to arrange it differently instead of locking it up (ie-the cleaners are either safer ones, or are stored in a high cabinet, bc the locks are more annoying for adults IMO). So it could be that kind of thing, bc I have much less visible babyproofing for #2 than for #1.
post #63 of 212
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Originally Posted by babymommy2
I don't get how people have really late bedtimes either. my kids sleep 12 hours/night, we are usualy up at 6:30 or 7:00 am. If we weren'tup until late morning I would feel like the day was half gone and wsted. Morning is when I like to get things done, afternoons are for relaxing. And on weekends if I want to sleep in until 8 am, the TV is my babysitter.
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Originally Posted by tjjazzy View Post
i am USELESS in the morning. i get everything done in the afternoon/night. i can't even think straight first thing. of course, my son chatters all day and gets grunts in return all morning...it just depends if you're a morning person or not. i have NO idea how to motivate myself to do anything before at least noon. i can barely even stomach food before 10 really. i wish my kids would sleep in; i would be SO much more useful to them if they let me sleep longer.
People don't seem to talk about this much, but I think matching circadian rhthyms is a big part of family harmony (whether "family" = 2 adults, 1 adult + kid/s, whatever). My dd and I are both morning people - thank goodness. It would be really hard if she were a night owl!
post #64 of 212
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Originally Posted by madskye View Post
I hate family friendly restaurants. Johnny Rockets. The Olive Garden. Chili's.

Shudder.
omg me too. My parents take us out for dinner all the time and we happily eat the free food but its not that fun to take 3 little kids out to a restaurant.

That and I am really snotty when it comes to food. I was a little spoiled in my early 20's with fine dining at work.
post #65 of 212
Dunno why but my secret hatred is...

bed.time.rituals.

I freakin' hate 'em. Yeah, they work. Yeah, they are a good idea. But they are like chalk on a blackboard for me. And I have no idea why. I am sure some psychotherapist would have a field day figuring it out.

Read more of the thread.

Baking with children. Drives me nuts. Because, yes it DOES matter how much baking soda or salt or flour actually makes it into the bowl. It DOES matter how fast or well you mix it. I will let them pour pre-measured amounts into the bowl and do very specific things (like shred the zucchini in the cuisinart or turn on the stand mixer), but I lose it if they spill any ingredients or put too much in. Not worth the hassle most of the time.
post #66 of 212
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Originally Posted by tbone_kneegrabber View Post
sports. i do not like sports. neither does dp. I hope ds doesn't either!
Totally agree. Can't. stand. them. I pray my DDs don't either.

I never took my first DD to a story time. Not once. And I don't plan on taking this baby either.

Most kids' tv. I can't stand it.

Playdough. Oh gosh, playdough suuuuuuucks. It stinks, I hate it, and she asks for it ALL THE TIME. I don't play, either. I refuse.
post #67 of 212
I love playing pretend! I can make a lamb talk to a polar bear for extended periods of time and never even think about it while I'm doing it. Makes up for the fact that HATE playing video games. Ugh. And going to the playground. And anything that includes a person less than 4 years old in any type of organized 'class' *shudder* Oh, and anything that involves me needing to be near a worm, bug, frog or random wildlife in the backyard. I absolutely detest racing cars. Seriously, must we really drive them along walls, over furniture and pretend like we don't know which one is going to win??? Yeah, I don't think so. The one I see all over the various forums that just boggles my mind is the elaborate bedtime ritual. I can't even begin to imagine why I would want bedtime to even more of a chore or time-sucker than it already is. Bath, scented lotion, 3 books, 2 songs, lay down with them, cuddle...I would have a nervous breakdown. I prefer the "Hey, it's bedtime. See you in the morning!" system that takes 4 minutes and gives me 2 glorious hours of kid-free-ness every day. Oh blessed alone time! I would curl up and die if I had to do without that. Even when they were babes we didn't do routines.
post #68 of 212
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Originally Posted by mistymama View Post
Another thing people might think is wierd - or at least I've had other Moms tell me no way in heck they would do it. We buy season passes to the water park in the summer and go several times a week. We go on all the waterslides together - I get great exercise (those things have a zillion stairs going up to them!) and we have a great time. People think I'm nuts.
I would totally do that! I think it's awesome. We don't have a water park anywhere near us or I'd be all over that.
post #69 of 212
i don't really like taking her for stroller rides. DH always says "when she gets bored, and you get bored, just take her for a stroller ride"--but pushing around a 30 pound person for no reason, just to "get out," really bores the crap out of me, and i get irritated.

and to be honest, i don't really like going and playing outside in general. if i take her out for a walk NOT in the stroller, she wants to stop and look at bugs every 3 feet. and i get really bored with that i know everyone says kids need outside time, and i think if we had a level yard (ours is really angled) it might be doable. i could just sit on the porch and read and let her run back and forth. but i have to walk around with her, and in that process there just seems to be a lot of standing around looking at things i can't even see.

so when i feel like she needs outside time, i take her to a park. at least there is a flat surface to play on, and a play structure or something for her to do besides look at bugs every 3 feet, and try to walk in the road.
post #70 of 212
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Originally Posted by tjjazzy View Post
i am USELESS in the morning. i get everything done in the afternoon/night. i can't even think straight first thing. of course, my son chatters all day and gets grunts in return all morning...it just depends if you're a morning person or not. i have NO idea how to motivate myself to do anything before at least noon. i can barely even stomach food before 10 really. i wish my kids would sleep in; i would be SO much more useful to them if they let me sleep longer.
This.

And, being trapped in a car with Barney sounds like my own personal circle of Hell.
post #71 of 212
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Originally Posted by siobhang View Post
Dunno why but my secret hatred is...

bed.time.rituals.

I freakin' hate 'em.
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Originally Posted by ALittleBitCrunchy
The one I see all over the various forums that just boggles my mind is the elaborate bedtime ritual. I can't even begin to imagine why I would want bedtime to even more of a chore or time-sucker than it already is. Bath, scented lotion, 3 books, 2 songs, lay down with them, cuddle...I would have a nervous breakdown.
I soooo hear you guys. When dd was born I thought, I'm not going to start anything I don't want to do for at least 5 years. So, sure, nurse/cuddle, read a story most nights, and night-night. But no "I must have bath then 3 songs then wrestle then 3 stories then a glass of water" craziness. And no strict time; I wanted her to be able to come with me - and fall asleep at - a friends' home, live theatre [in the cry room], a tent. And so she has.
post #72 of 212
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Originally Posted by tjjazzy View Post
i agree wholeheartedly. HOW do ppl listen to children's music in the car????? we listen to our music, as long as there's not a lot of inappropriate language etc. and ds1 likes it. i'd much rather see him bopping his head to my Red Hot Chili Peppers CD and enjoy music WITH him than be trapped in the car listening to Barney for hours on end.
My DD likes to listen to Uncle Ozzy (Osbourne) in the car. She headbangs to Over the Mountain. It has never even occured to her that her CDs (some of which are palatable) can be played in the car
post #73 of 212
Oh, see I've got a leg up on some of you. Most children's music doesn't bother me much, and LURVE learning new songs and rhymes to sing with the kids! I generally prefer having adult music on during the day, but if the kids request a kid's CD, sure! I enjoy doing fingerplay songs and ones that have fun rhymes and go on and on and on and on.......

I do NOT understand people who want to get together with other families and do big trips, like to the zoo, or a large amusement park. STRESSFUL!!!! I'll go with just my kids, and that's plenty of needs for me to meet, thankyouverymuch. I don't want to be worrying about what exhibits the other families may be wanting to see, trying to match our pace to theirs, or trying to keep track of more kids than my own. I don't get why that would be fun for anyone.
post #74 of 212
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Originally Posted by transformed View Post


And also - feeding kids with a spoon. Little ones....who does that? LOL. I have never wanted to feed my child, except a boob.
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post #75 of 212
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Originally Posted by hempmama View Post
Board games and listening to them read out loud. When they are first learning I literally have to keep work to relax my muscles it drives me so crazy, but even now that my oldest reads with an adult cadence, I am super tense and cannot stand when she misses a word or has to fumble for pronunciation. I hatehatehated listening to other people read out loud all through school, too, though.
Oh I am not looking forward to the reading out loud at all. I remember practicing with kids I was babysitting for and I dreaded it. I can't wait for DS to read on his own, I just don't want to hear it. Gah.
post #76 of 212
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Originally Posted by funkymamajoy View Post
Dance classes, pageants, child spa day or anything else really girly. I can deal with everything else.
Child day spa????? WTH is that??? It sounds like something Carmella and Meadow Soprano would do. Ack, the thought of a glorious spa day...with my child...ugh, I don't know whether to get the shivers or the heaves at that thought. My children are part of the reason I need a spa day! Talk about a waste of time and money.
post #77 of 212
Baths. I hate bathtime. I don't even know why, but it stresses me out.
post #78 of 212
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Originally Posted by nikkiethridge View Post
i think for me, it's people who brag about how they never baby proofed their house. i dont think i could spend my whole day scolding my son for trying to open cabinets with dangerous objects, stick his fingers in sockets, and run into sharp corners of the table. it's nice just being able to let my DS roam the house without major worries like that, i dont see how other moms do it.
This. I am ALL about the babyproofing, putting up gates, locking cabinets and putting dangerous/forbidden items out of reach/sight. I hate going somewhere that isn't babyproofed because I have to constantly worry about what my kids get into.

I like to

read to my kids
cook/bake with them (to an extent, with premeasured ingredients)
take them places--museums, zoos, etc.
just 'hang' on the couch and talk
play Wii with them ()

I also love being a soccer mom, which surprised me. Though it may have something to do with the fact that the practices fall when DH can be home from work so I go sit for a blessed hour with a book or chat with a friend who has a DD on the same team. But I've found I really enjoy the games too. Who knew

I hate to
sit on the floor and play
play board games
do messy craft projects with them. A friend gave my son an bubble-painting kit for his birthday LAST year and it's still sitting in the closet unused. The mess is not worth the trouble to me. In fact, I have DD enrolled in an art class for this fall for the sole purpose of keeping the mess OUT of my house!
post #79 of 212
I hate playing all these japense animation games with my boys. Bagugan, Yogi Yu (spelling) anything like that bugs me to no end. I can't wait for my DD to get old enough to want to play dress up, with barbies, spa days, ect. I'm SUPER girly and would hate it if my DD was a tomboy.
post #80 of 212
Awww.. I would love it when my little girl starts playing princess.. if she WANTS to. I don't find it insulting to feminist ideas.. The whole idea of feminism is women can be whatever they WANT TO BE. They have the choice to stay home with a happy husband, or go be a CEO of a major company. There's no restriction on us. To say that being girly and enjoying girly traditional things is not in line with feminist ideas is actually far from the truth.

I also love watching my kids play at the park.. seeing them have a good time brings tears to my eyes sometimes. I love to see them enjoy their childhood. One thing I DON'T enjoy is taking them to the store a lot.. I like to get in and get out quickly.. or have a moment of quiet to myself! :
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