There are things about parenthood I was expecting to really love that, now that I have to do them, I do not enjoy. Bath time is one. I find it boring.
Halloween -- specifically trick-or-treating -- is another such thing.
I'm not a complete Halloween scrooge. I love seeing the kiddos, mine and others, in their costumes. I love watching the pure joy as they destroy a fun-size candy bar. I like helping them figure out what thing they want to pretend to be and I love how serious little kids are about really being that character, whatever it is.
But I don't like trick-or-treating. I know it's culturally acceptable, but I hate the begging for candy. I know it's the kids doing it, but it feels like I'm begging. (I never even liked asking for rides when I was in high school, before I got my driver's license.) I get all anxious about the boys saying, "Trick or treat," and "please" and "thank you." I want my kids to be well-behaved and adorable. I want them to have happy, perfect memories. It's just too much stress -- and I know it's ridiculous and don't want to spread that stress to the kids.
Which is why I'm glad my in-laws have been in town the last few Halloweens. They take the kiddos for trick-or-treat and I get to stay home and pass out candy. Win all around.
What parenthood stuff would you rather delegate?