I don’t know how

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I think I pretty much know how to do everything.

Ok, just the important stuff.

Or, how about we settle for some of the important stuff?

Fine.

Have it your way.

I don’t know what the heck I’m doing 94% of the time.

Especially when it comes to this whole mom business.

Sheesh. I know there are a thousand and one handbooks out there for new moms, but I swear that none of them prepare you for the real deal. The not-knowing-what-in-the-world-you-are-doing part.

So, for the fun of it, and also because it’s a writing prompt over at Mama’s Losin’ It, I’ve come up with a list of ten things I don’t know how to do. Mommy style. I’m on a “Mommy Style” kick lately. After this you should totes go read my Would You Rather Game for Moms.

You’re welcome.

So how about you? Do you know how to do everything?

21 thoughts on “I don’t know how

  1. Tammy

    Having just discovered and cleaned up the spaghetti sauce on my walls and floor from dinner ON MONDAY, I feel your pain.

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  2. taraocity

    I’d rather stumble through parenthood and be real than present unrealistic expectations and raise a child of entitlement. I see so many pics of your kids on your blog smiling-so you are definitely doing something right:-)

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    1. hillary

      Thank you so much! We definitely have the “real” part down ???? And yes, I’ve got two very happy children so we’re doing something right. Not everything, but something.

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  3. Amanda Nelson

    Haha! I don’t think ANYONE knows how to do everything! I definitely can’t pass up those tiny little outfits at Target, or give her a bath without getting soaked.. and I can’t keep from laughing everytime she has an attitude with me. It’s so stinking funny.

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  4. candotche

    well i don’t know how to do any of those thing either. If you figure out the whining one, let me know. I WOULD DO ANYTHING to stop that madness. Loved this blog. Keeping it real. MUAH!

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  5. Xiomara | Equis Place

    I might as well print your awesome list out and put it in my journal because I can totally relate to every single one of those items. There are a lot of things I know how to do as a mom, but banishing the whine and telling the difference between sicknesses are not on that list. Thanks for sharing! Your post made me smile.

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    1. hillary

      I know–those are the things that really stump me as a mother. Feel free to print ????

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  6. Chris Carter

    AH yes!! There are no books that can help us because every single child brings a completely new story to the world… so no one will EVER know how to raise YOUR child! That’s why I believe each child is specifically created for each of us…and we for them. It’s the perfect fit for imperfect parenting! ????

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    1. hillary

      This concept, and prayer, are the two most significant tools in my parenting.

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    1. hillary

      I know. IF only we could invent something that catches and disposes of that nasty spaghetti and rice. Sigh. My life would greatly improve.

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  7. Keely

    Oh, the rice thing? For reals. Also- I admire this list. Even though I don’t fully relate. Because I know how to do everything. EVERYTHING. (Except, obviously, the rice one. And the bathing thing. And the ear infection differentiation. And…)

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    1. hillary

      Keely, you are the smartest little gal on the planet. So yah, not surprised at all to hear that you knew all of this ????

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  8. Aleta

    I’m barely surviving being a mom to a one month old and worry about milestones he should be reaching. I can’t think further than that. Lol. Scares me too much. I feel completely at a loss for his future…

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    1. hillary

      Oh girl. Just enjoy that little one! Don’t worry about milestones–they come, I promise ???? And then your baby is gone ????

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  9. Esther

    Ha, no I don’t know what I’m doing most of the time either. BUT…no one else is allowed to parent them for me! (Except my husband, of course.) And I’ll only listen to advice when I ask for it! ????

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  10. Jennifer

    Target rocks! I can go in there for toilet paper and come out with something for each room of the house, everyone a new outfit, dog treats, yard art, a movie for tonight, and great beach bag. And then wonder what the hell happened?!

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    1. hillary

      Ah the power of Target. You forgot to mention cute shoes, jewelry, and really yummy snacks from Market Pantry. THOSE are what get me!

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  11. tammigirl

    I could help you with a couple of things on the list, but it wouldn’t mean anything at all. You’ll be fine, they’ll be who they are going to be, and all you can do is be the best guide you know how at the moment. I have five big kids. I like to think of myself as a long-term camp counselor!

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