Tuesday, 14 March 2017

The Small Hypocrisies of Parenthood



Yesterday there was a familiar scene in our house. After bedtime stories on the sofa, I told Eleanor it was time to go bed.

"But I'm toooo tiiiiired!" she protested, sprawling on the sofa.

We got annoyed. Every night this happens, no matter how early we get things done. Why can't she just go upstairs when she's told?

Fast forward a couple of hours and I'm sat on the sofa, quite frankly, messing about on my phone. I know I need to go to bed. And yet still I sit there, because I simply can't face the effort of getting up and climbing the stairs.

And it dawns on me. I'm a hypocrite. I expect my daughter to go upstairs the moment she's told, and yet when I know I need to go to bed I faff about on Twitter for 20 minutes.

Of course, parenting involves a lot of these petty little hypocrisies. Such as ...

Me: No you can't have biscuits, that's not a healthy snack, we've got plenty of fruit!
Also me: *secretly eats biscuits in the kitchen, standing next to the overflowing fruit bowl*

Me: When I ask you to do something, I mean to do it NOW!
Also me: I'll get you a snack in a minute, I'm just busy. *continues looking at Facebook*

Me: You've spent far too long looking at screens today, you need to do something else.
Also me: *checks phone every 2 minutes*

Me: Hurry up, we're going to be late if you don't get ready!
Also me: Wait, don't go yet, I've just got a few more things to do!

Me: It's important to share with your brother/friends.
Also me: Get off, that's my phone!

Me: No isn't an option, this needs doing whether you like it or not.
Also me: Oh do we *have* to play schools again??

Of course, I'm the grown-up, I have a better understanding of priorities and it's my job to instill good habits in my children. But quite often, it's just a case of double standards. I wonder if Eleanor would be more cooperative if I cooperated with her a bit more?! Or maybe I should just stop expecting a higher standard of behaviour from her than I can manage myself most days!!

What small hypocrisies have you indulged in? Please tell me I'm not alone!

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