Today's theme is your "momfessionals" moments. Being a parent is tough work and there are a lot of times when I wonder if we are doing the right things, if we're doing enough to teach E how to be a good person, a smart person. But there are times when I feel like we're doing pretty well, and that we've pieced together enough advice, as well as relying on our own gut instinct, to have our own "success" at parenting.
I have shared some of these stories before:
When I read Andrea's post on Monday, her version of a momfessional moment is when you don't have it altogether. One of those instances comes to mind - one year we were driving to Dave's parents house in December. E had just turned one. Dave's parents live about 2.5 hours from us. Since we had left at 3:00 or so, we had planned to be there for suppertime. Therefore I had only brought one banana for a "snack" for little E. Unfortunately a snowstorm hit just about the time we were leaving and iced up the roads. It took us about 2.5 hours to get to Hamilton from Toronto, which in good times takes about 45 minutes. We were stuck in traffic and poor E was hungry and we didn't have any food for him besides that banana, and that was then long gone, and a little bit of water. He was so upset and we felt so bad even though there was nothing we could do. We eventually got out of Hamilton and out of the traffic. We stopped at the first place we could and I ended up feeding him pieces of chicken from a Tim Horton's sandwich. He ended up just fine, of course, but I definitely didn't feel like a professional parent at that point. Since then, however, I have never been without lots of snacks, even for myself when I'm not sure how long I'll be away from a food source. Lesson learned.
I know we all have these stories, it's just a part of being a parent!