What is the worst thing you have ever done as a parent?

United States
October 3, 2008 7:32pm CST
I tend to let my stress spill over onto my children. I have put my kids to bed without making my last words to them for the night loving. That is the worst feeling in the world. I have actually woken them up later to apologise and kiss and hug them. I hope it doesn't scar them for life..
2 responses
@JanMags (726)
• Philippines
4 Oct 08
in my country many of the old ones encourage us younger parents to spank our kids when they misbehave. i have, to my utter shame, spanked my kid a couple of times. i do realize though that if i spent enough time with her to talk and play with her, she doesn't misbehave and i have no need to spank her. one problem in my country though is that life is very difficult and wages are low so both parents have to work more than 8 hours a day. when we come home, we hardly know how our kid has been. through the months that our kid has been left with someone else at home, she has become more difficult to handle. i know my economic situation is no excuse but this is a fact of life in my country. it pains me whenever i spank my kid. it really is my fault that she has become difficult to manage
• United States
4 Oct 08
I have noticed that with my kids as well. The more stressed out I am, the more they misbehave. If I am calm, I don't have the first problem with them. Unfortunately, since I am with them all day and night, I don't have much opportunity to destress and it makes it more difficult. I am guilty of spanking on occasion also. Sometimes it seems like the right thing to do but most of the time not.
@yuna15 (2707)
• Philippines
4 Oct 08
I remember when I was so upset with my husband. I also tend to spank my daughter. There was a time when I spanked her so hard when I was so upset with my husband. I was so tired then and I really wanted to sleep and rest because I just came home from work. He chose to sleep more and told me to take of her for a while. When I got frustrated because she kept on crying. I spanked her a few times in her hand and I even pinched her once. I felt so much guilt after I did that. I just tried to apologize to her before I went to bed and I just hugged her tight to make her feel how sorry I am but I still cried before I went to sleep. Even while I'm typing this, it makes me wanna cry.