Before she was born I was thinking what kind of parent I would be. I was determined that I would stick to certain things like not sharing my glass, not giving goodies, not letting her watch tv every day, brushing her teeth (when there would be some) every morning and evening, I could continue this list forever.
Some of the things I have been able to stick to and some of the things I feel like I've lost the battle. I don't always remember to brush her teeth in the morning, I have shared my glass with her because I've been too lazy to go and get her own. But I think the strongest I feel about her eating junk. I don't want her to eat chips (yes she has tasted already), I don't want her to eat lollies (yes she has already, when she found some in my bag) and I don't want her to be eating cakes.
There you have the story of how I lost that cake battle too. So I admit it, I haven't been as strong-willed as I thought I would be. Now I just try to limit these things so that they are not everyday things, but only special occations.
I think sometimes as mothers we put too high expectations on ourselves and then I (at least) get frustrated at myself when things don't go the way I've planned. But I've learned that it's not the end of the world when I lose these small battles. And the look and Emma's face when she got that cupcake was priceless. I've learned a lot in this last year and I know for a fact that I will learn much more as my little girl keeps educating me.
Thank you for all your wonderful comments on the posts before. They have really made my day!!!