11 Things Parents Confessed That They'd Never Tell Their Children

"I tell my 6-year-old son that the only time the ice cream truck plays music is when it’s sold out."

There's no doubt that being a parent is one of the most rewarding jobs in the world, but it can also be one of the most stressful. Parents are trying to shape tiny humans who don't know much at all about the world or themselves into real people. That can have its good moments, but it can also lead to some pretty frustrating ones too. 

After publishing her parenthood novel Cutting Teeth, Julia Fierro wanted to create a place where parents could anonymously express even their worst moments with their kids. So, she started Parenting Confessional, a blog where parents can submit anonymous confessions without judgement. 

"Those that visit the site and read the confessions can feel a little less alone, knowing they aren't the only parents who experience feelings of self-doubt, frustration, and fear," Fierro told A Plus in an email. 

Check out some of the confessions shared below: 


1. "I’ve convinced my children there is a 'Kid Police' and that I have them on speed dial for when they’re being bad."

2. "When I have a terrible day at work I tell my kids it’s bedtime a half hour early. Then I have two glasses of wine and watch trashy adult TV and savor the momentary absence of 'The Wiggles' in my life."

3. "I gave my phone to my 2-year-old and let her ruin it so my husband would buy me a new one."

4. "I fed my child cookies for breakfast, then made myself a mimosa with his 100 percent juice."

5. "My son’s kindergarten teacher doesn’t know that the only reason he keeps receiving gold stars for his behavior is because I bet him 10 bucks he couldn’t."

6. "My teenagers are a*sholes."

7. "I worry constantly about the day my kids will stop getting excited to see me, stop thinking I’m the best thing in the world. They are five and eight and I wish I could freeze time."

8. "I miss being able to sit on the toilet with my phone and take a sh*t without a child at my feet pulling on my pants."

9. "I let my son play computer games for three hours today, so I could work on a blog about raising him and not be bothered."

10. "I tell my 6-year-old son that the only time the ice cream truck plays music is when it’s sold out."

11. "I’m dying to skip forward in the book of my kids’ childhood to see how it turns out."

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