Ten Rookie Parenting Mistakes To Avoid.

Ten Rookie Parenting Mistakes To Avoid

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Over the years I have been involved in some pretty epic parenting blunders, stumbles and just down right craziness. Things that just can’t  be made up and once seen can NEVER be unseen. Some of my experiences are almost made for TV fodder, perhaps like the time I could see that one of my children was a about to throw up massively inside a fast food restaurant and so I caught the majority of the spewage inside my purse. Yeah, things like that toughen you up as a parent real fast.

So today here are Ten Rookie Parenting Mistakes I can now safely avoid:

1. Do not buy decorative band-aids. Because those adorable princess, race car and happy smiling bandages are only an invitation for a child to accessorize. In a big way.

The truth about kids and Band Aids #funny #parenting

2. Do not run out of wet wipes in your purse or car. Seriously. They are cheap and plentiful. Also, there are few things more helpful in everyday life than a smart, prepared person with a well timed wipee. Be that person.

3. Understand that there is a very high likelihood that any piece of clothing worn by your child may quickly achieve “favorite” status.  This cannot be reasoned with or controlled. Don’t put a piece of clothing on your child that you are not prepared to have them wear EVERY other day for the next month.

4. That 100% attendance reward? Nope. Don’t be that parent. If your child is sick don’t force them and their disease upon other children and those children’s families.  Also, your child is sick so it is best to keep them home and help them get better.

My Little Pony Gif

5. Never use daytime TV as a primary source for parenting advice.  Especially if the advice is proffered by a celebrity that is most likely using a nanny. Also important, make sure the celebrity offering advice actually has children.

6. Vanilla wafers and Oreos are NOT appropriate toddler food. If you must give them these food items, make sure they are supervised the ENTIRE time they eat them. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

7. Do whatever you can to shield your child from Caillou.  Not for their sake, but for yours. I have repeating nightmares of my children learning and then employing one of Calliou’s whiny voice tactics. Save yourself now and just don’t introduce your child to him. EVER.

The reason why good parents don't let their kids watch Calliou.

8. If you constantly find yourself feeling that you need to be a mediator between your child and other children in order “to explain what your child wants or feels”, then you might want to check your helicopter parent status. Special circumstances may apply, but in general if this is your norm then the problem might not actually lie with your child’s ability to interact with other children….

9. This will come with time, but being able to master the art of going into a ZEN like state will help. A lot. For example, it will help you deal with the times when perhaps your toddler pulls their pants down and pees on the slide at the park or your preschooler loudly repeats that swear word they heard to your church pastor.

10. The biggest piece of rookie parenting advice I can give though is to never be afraid to reach out for help, advice or support. Parents who have been around the block a time or two know that we are always just barely treading water and that we all need help from time to time. So don’t try to fake perfection or be afraid to ask for help.

 Ten Rookie Parenting Mistakes To Avoid #kids #funny
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  1. Baha ha! Oh my goodness I was shaking my head with agreement the ENTIRE post. Solid advice Jen. I am going to share this one!

    1. Thank you! So glad you enjoyed this one. Hopefully someone who reads this can avoid some of the rookie parenting mistakes I made. Probably not the vomiting one though, I think every parent has to be vomited or pooped on at least once.
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  2. Haha yes! I am so glad my kids didn’t like Calliou! They did watch other weird shows though. Natalie loved Yo Gabba Gabba and I was like ???

    And she also loved her band-aids.

    I don’t think my kids ever have had perfect attendance. They start off strong, but then they eventually get sick.
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  3. I feel like some kid’s shows are just getting worse and worse. I just want to buy seasons of shows I watched when I was little and make my future kids watch them. I’m just happy when I’m with my niece and nephew, we don’t really watch much TV. But that also means they do crazy and embarrassing things in public with you. hah
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  4. HAHAHA! You caught barf in your purse? That is so “Stand By Me”-esque. Also, holy cow. I would have gone for anything but my purse. Maybe someone else’s purse because I’m amazing like that.
    #2 is important. My kids actually aren’t barfers. They have only ever barfed when already sick..except.. oh wait. Last week. In Orlando. In the car. Des’ wet wipes saved the day!
    We made the Caillou mistake with Scarlet, but Des has been saved!
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      Oh it was terrible. Seriously horrible, but I just didn’t know what else to do. Using another purse might have been wise. I heard that barf story! Blech throw up in cars…. Yuck! So sorry, but yet again another reason why wipes rule the world.
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  5. Just the other day I found myself at a museum, a 15-minute walk from my car with all my 5 kids in tow, realizing that the baby had a poopy diaper and I had NO diapers and ONE wipe in my purse. I’m still not sure how that happened. Needless to say, necessity is the mother of invention and I was QUITE creative that day. Actually, that was two days ago and I’m still pretty proud of myself.
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  6. Yes. Amen. I love number 10 because when you first start out, you do kinda want to prove yourself. I’ve never watched Calilou. I’m always hearing this about this cartoon kid! And I love the Zen status part!! I do that ALL THE TIME. Middle of a poop catastrophe? No problem. I’m going to my apathetic state of, “Whatever, nothing can touch me.”
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  7. HA! Jen, I loved this so much!

    My kids are always asking to watch Caillou – I’ve told them numerous times – NO WAY! Why the heck do they want to watch it? It’s not like there’s peer pressure in our neighbourhood to watch it right?! Regardless, I will not cave. Our house needs to be Caillou-free.

    LOL – the decorative band-aids. My hubby always buys them… and the dolls end up with most of them.

    Pinned this to my Deliberate PARENTING board.

    Thanks for sharing (and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop).

    Wishing you a lovely day.

    PS – Did I tell you yet how much I love the way you fixed up your site?! It looks fabulous!
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      Thank you! The update over here was my Christmas gift from Ken’s Guy. I love what he did! I will pass the compliment on.

      So glad you enjoyed this post and thanks for pinning!
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  8. Love all of these. The Zen parenting thing is really hard. I can get myself into a Zen state with work, friends, parents (my own) but it’s harder with my kid. Lots of love and energy going all sorts of directions, right?
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      True enough. That one takes time. Some days I am great at perfecting that Zen state and sometimes not so much. Ah parenting, what a wonderful whirlwind of a ride!
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  9. Hi Jen, written like a true pro. I still have wet wipes in every bag I carry, you just never know when you’ll need them. And when it comes to children and wafers, who knew such a small thing (child and wafer) could make so much mess and when they get wet and soggy? Well, parents can’t say they haven’t been warned!

    The most important bit of advice you saved for last. Parents should never be afraid to ask for help, they’re is no prize for suffering in silence.

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    1. Amen! Suffering in silence is NEVER a good idea!

      Hah, I think I will be carrying wet wipes around forever. I cannot imagine a time when they won’t come in handy! You know teens can still be quite messy with Oreos …..
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  10. These are great, Jen! Love the diaper wipe point LOL! oh yes, and that annoying Caillou – UGH!!! Yes to the ZEN like state, the clothing worn every other day, and double yes to being receptive to parenting advice!
    Practical and to the point.
    Thanks for entering in with us at Tuesday Talk again – I’m going to feature this post Tuesday on my blog!
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  12. These are awesome, Jen! I can so relate. My kids always had very interesting clothes reach “favorite status.” They were usually costumes of some kind of course. My daughter was into those plastic high heels when she could barely walk and I let her wear them to preschool to spare myself morning arguments :). My son fell in love with a dinosaur outfit that he honestly wore for about 3 years. Good times…
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      Haha!Ugh those plastic high heels. We have done those a time or two as well. I don’t understand wanting to walk in them for long periods of time, but hey who wants to fight with a toddler right :)
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  13. This is so funny, my daughter has literally just gone to bed with six plasters (band aids) on her arm! One is never enough!! #happynowlinkup

  14. Thank you for the advice! To tell the truth, I already knew 9 of them, but I newer even thought that decorative band-aids might harm to my kids. But there is some sense in your caution.

    I can add p.11: Limit the screen time and computer gaming to a minimum to have more time for family games or sports activities.
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  15. Thanks for your share. These ideas are so good, and of course, funny. I think it’s useful for couples who have just had a baby. They can avoid unfounded mistakes

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