What parenting things do other people do that you absolutely refuse to do?

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FrangipaniDeLaSqueegeeMop Sat 17-Jul-21 21:08:34

I never bake my kids' birthday cakes. I can buy a very good supermarket one or pay someone to produce something that looks better than what I can do and has cost me less.

I won't do role playing with them. There are no scarier words than "mummy will you play with me - you be the dog and I'll be the owner". I apparently do it ALL WRONG anyway, I usually say something like "instead, why don't we do some painting" or I even say I'm busy. And I thank God every day the days of playing tea parties are over. Me perched on a very uncomfortable toadstool seat pretending to sip tea from a singing Fisher Price teacup for 2 hours and doing it wrong anyway 😂

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Paperyfish Sat 17-Jul-21 21:09:25

Elf on the shelf

30degreesandmeltinghere Sat 17-Jul-21 21:12:21

Let my dc sleep in my bed..
Share a bath /shower with my dc.
Have sleepovers in primary school <shudders at thought >.

EspressoDoubleShot Sat 17-Jul-21 21:14:45

Elf on shelf,it’s fucking cruel and creepy
We don’t send or make thank you cards . Fussy affectation
Tutors or schedule of activities. They’re kind they don’t need dragooned into being busy
We don’t bake. Why would I?

wtfisgoingonhere21 Sat 17-Jul-21 21:14:53

Def shudder at the primary sleep overs and actually have never done one and got two days left of primary forever yippee grin

Home baking on a weekend. The sheer volume of tidying up just isn't worth the very small mouthful of hair filled tea cakes grin

Justarandompersonontheinternet Sat 17-Jul-21 21:15:12

Make my children clear their plates.

AnneLovesGilbert Sat 17-Jul-21 21:16:04

Buy birthday cakes. Why spend money on something garish and additive filled when I can make something I know they’ll like for a fraction of the cost grin

Feed her meat or fish.

Give her anything but water to drink.


FrangipaniDeLaSqueegeeMop Sat 17-Jul-21 21:16:13

I agree about primary school sleepovers and I'm amazed at how many happen in my DC's class.

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BernadetteRostankowskiWolowitz Sat 17-Jul-21 21:16:19

I'm with you OP. On all those points.

Cosleeping (thankfully the kids didnt want to), baking with kids. At a push I buy predone cupcakes and a selection of toppings for them to decorate.

ForestYeti Sat 17-Jul-21 21:17:10

Be a I’m your parent not your friend parent.

EspressoDoubleShot Sat 17-Jul-21 21:17:49

Tutors or schedule of activities. They’re kids they don’t need dragooned into being busy
No punishing schedules of music,sport,mandarin,violin,drama,sport. That’s an affectation for the parents to show how suuuuper busy and clever their kids are. I’ve also heard the activity schedule used as a reason not to get a job. no, no too busy to work ferrying their children to all their activities and classes to get a job

TreeSmuggler Sat 17-Jul-21 21:18:12

Sensory bins. The mess! Any type of set up activity really.

maras2 Sat 17-Jul-21 21:18:14

Negotiate with or pander to anyone under 9.

SprogletsMum Sat 17-Jul-21 21:18:58

Now the youngest is 4 and has mastered sorting his own cereal, I don't do making breakfast for them anymore.

EspressoDoubleShot Sat 17-Jul-21 21:19:13

What’s a sensory bin?

Ragwort Sat 17-Jul-21 21:19:33

Loads ... I never understood the comment 'I can't even go to the toilet/have a shower in peace'.

Never co slept, never fed my baby to sleep. Certainly never shared a bath or shower with my DC.

Elf on the shelf.

I quite enjoyed baking birthday cakes until the year my DS begged me for a 'shop cake' grin

Role play, in fact any sort of "play" apart from board games or sporty stuff.

Never took my DC to theme parks etc

Refused to do 'trick or treat' ... one year he really wanted to so DH took him ... came back after 10 minutes saying what a waste of time it was!

Sparklingbrook Sat 17-Jul-21 21:21:14

I never baked my DC a birthday cake, they get to choose one from the supermarket. Or I’d get the local cake place to do one if they wanted a theme.

Disney. They’ve ever showed an interest thank goodness.

Hardbackwriter Sat 17-Jul-21 21:21:29

I refuse to believe that babies have any need for, or derive any specific from, activities that are designed to be 'sensory'. The whole world is a sensory experience if you've only been in it a few months. I have no problem with those classes as a way for mums to get out of the house and meet each other but I hate the way they're marketed as some sort of essential experience. It's not like if you don't take them to a sensory class they never learn to see in colour or to feel texture!

EspressoDoubleShot Sat 17-Jul-21 21:21:42

EuroDisney, I’ve explained it is a shallow overpriced and dull

Hardbackwriter Sat 17-Jul-21 21:21:50

*any specific benefit

Ragwort Sat 17-Jul-21 21:21:59

Genuinely didn't mind sleepovers, used to do a lot of 'sleepover' swaps with my friend ... much easier than getting a babysitter if you wanted a free night and as an ex Cub Leader I am quite used to being strict with other people's children.

trilbydoll Sat 17-Jul-21 21:23:01

Talk in a sing song voice (I know it's good for language development but I can't bring myself to do it)

Serve a balanced healthy meal at young dc birthday parties - pizza all the way. If that's a problem, it's an invitation not a summons wink

Sparklingbrook Sat 17-Jul-21 21:23:28

I also thought sleepovers although stressful and I couldn’t wait for the visiting DC to GO HOME, it was great because my DC got to go away for a night or two in return. Result.

Ostryga Sat 17-Jul-21 21:23:44

Role playing. God I can’t stand it. That is what Dd has friends for.

OnlyFoolsnMothers Sat 17-Jul-21 21:23:58

Christmas Eve boxes- ffs they can’t wait one day (“oh but Freddie needs a toothbrush and pyjamas anyway” hmm)
Oh and matching pjs for the whole family’- sod that

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