Things parents don’t confess
In that dark part of our souls, we are not always the loving, nurturing parents we want to be. Here are some true confessions, add yours.
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Ready? These confessions may ring a bell, or even sound shocking. But they are all things that parents have truly felt or done.

Sometimes my child disgusts me ‘I know they always say your own child’s nappy doesn’t bother you. But the truth is, I do sometimes feel quite nauseated by the nappies, especially now that he’s a toddler and eats meat and other solid food.’

I have ignored my baby’s cry ‘Sometimes, in the middle of the night, when I have fed her, rocked her and done all the right things, I ignore her crying. She can sometimes go on for half an hour, but eventually she falls asleep.’

I left my baby in the car ‘There was a news story the other day about a little girl who died when the car caught fire. I felt terrible, because I often leave my daughter to sleep in the car in the driveway while I unpack groceries. ‘

Playing with children is boring ‘I’d rather kill myself than sit on the floor and play Lego with my 18-month-old. It is just so boring. I usually have the radio on and that helps take my mind off the sheer mind-numbing boredom of it. But I still can’t manage more than half an hour of different games.’

I can’t stand the mess my son makes ‘I often lose my temper when my 15-month-old is eating or playing, because he makes such a mess. I spend half my life walking behind him with a cloth because I hate the way there are half-eaten biscuits on the floor or toys all over.’

I fell asleep while looking after my daughter ‘It was after a rough night when she woke up quite a few times. I breastfed her and fell asleep on the couch. The next thing I woke up and she was pulling on my leg saying “Mama, Mama”. Anything could have happened to her while I was asleep.’

My younger son irritates me ‘My sons are two years apart, but so different from each other. The older one is obedient, happy, does everything as he should. The younger one cries a lot more, has tantrums, won’t eat his food. Sometimes I find myself saying: “be like your brother!”’

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