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Parenting 101 “What I Did Wrong” Orlando Parents UNCENSORED

Have I let my daughter get a little too close to the swans at Lake Eola on a certain occasion when a fi nger might have been nipped? Yes, I have. Did I think it was a good idea to send my little one on her fi rst day of preschool in head-to-toe Ralph Lauren and then cry when I picked her up to fi nd a destroyed ensemble? Yes, that’s me.

In my quest to be the perfect mother, I’ve discovered two very important things: I will never be perfect, and it’s okay if I’m not. It’s taken fi ve years and a lot of “oops” moments to reach this conclusion, but I’m out of the perfect closet, and it feels amazing. I’m clearing the air, and I’ve invited some local moms to do the same.

Written and compiled by Amanda Keefer

“Never thought I'd use a pacifier with my children. Then, my oldest daughter found her thumb. My second daughter met the pacifier early on. A pacifier you can take away; a thumb you cannot!” — Lori, Winter Garden, mom of two

"I often took advantage of the afternoon dip in the baby pool to shampoo and bathe my three young children. The lady next door thought I was crazy."

— Gail, Ocoee, mom of three

“I realized having a TV in the bedroom was a bad idea when I caught my 4-year-old up at 3 a.m. watching golf!”

– Valerie, Altamonte Springs, mom of two

"I could never understand how a parent could possibly forget to pick her child up on time, until I was an hour late picking my daughter up from a church camp. I had the times wrong." — Tracey, Lake Mary, mom of two

"I let my oldest daughter quit anything that she was not happy with (from a very young age). 'Mom, my tennis coach is mean,' 'Mom,

the ballet teacher picks on me,' 'Mom, this school does not teach me anything,' etc. She is now 27, and when things get tough, she quits. I

always gave her an easy way out and created an adult that feels very privileged and entitled. (Warren Buffett needs to cover his ears.) Three children later ... different story! 'I do not care if you

don't like the team. You signed up and committed; stick it out.' 'You have a recital that your instructor expects you to do. No, you can't skip to have a sleepover!'"

— Marybeth, Oviedo, mom of four 24 PLAYGROUND Spring 2012

in my f rst son's room until he drifted to sleep. It was precious until I was doing it for the next 3 1/2 years! My Second son got a consistent routine and (learned) to fall asleep on his own from the beginning ... Much better for us all!"

"I stayed i

— Kellie, Oviedo, mom of two

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