1. Forget To Pick Up The Kid– Is it 3:30 already? Wasn’t I supposed to be somewhere? By the time you get to the school in a frenzied panic, your child is on the swings unaware of the catastrophe. On another note: Yes, we have all slept through the alarm clock and found it completely acceptable to just keep the kid home today. It’s less work and now we can sleep even longer!
2. Throw Away Drawings/Homemade Gifts– Yes, it’s precious when we receive the necklace made out of pasta and an “I Love You” card cut out of construction paper. But, as the pile gets larger and glue and glitter take over your dresser drawer, you just have to start downsizing.
3. Let Them Eat Junk– Some days the battle is just too much and we cave. Chicken nuggets, frozen pizza, some kind of rolled up rubber they are calling fruit? Anything goes. The vegetables will be there tomorrow.
4. Tell Little White Lies– “You played a great game!”, “That trumpet solo sounded good!”, “It’s time for bed!” (an hour before it actually is). My personal favorite: “It must be in your room somewhere!” (I threw that creepy doll away months ago).
5. Use TV As A Babysitter– Remember how you swore you’d NEVER do this? But then, the kid has been screaming for an hour, your head is about to explode and you haven’t seen a shower for 5 days. Elmo comes on and you finally have some relief, roll with it.
6. Slack On Baby Books/Scrapbooks– Baby books with cute little trinkets. Baby’s first tooth, a lock of hair, memories caught on film. Themed scrapbooks of holidays, sports and family vacations. We all had good intentions. Now the kid is 10 and the baby book is still blank and collecting dust. Let it go.
7. Skimping on Bath Time– It’s a process, and sometimes we just don’t have the time or energy. The bubbles, the toys, the mess. A spit shine or a once over with a baby wipe will do in a pinch.
8. Cuss/Lose Your Cool– Now and then a nasty word will just slip right out, especially when you step on a Lego in the middle of the night. And, we have all growled at our kids. Sometimes, for no reason other than we’re tired! Sometimes, they had it coming. It’s scary when you turn around expecting to see your mother standing there and realize the words came out of your mouth.
9. Diaper Rationing– You know how it goes, do a butt sniff and a quick squeeze of the diaper to see if it warrants changing. If it is only 1/2 full, we’ll let it ride for a while. Two hours later, we realize the kid is soaked. Great job, mom.
10. Skip Pages In The Book– After you have read Cinderella 200 times, you start to skimp. When they aren’t paying attention or start to nod off, we skip ahead. If this doesn’t work, you can always hide books too. Why can’t Dora the Explorer learn some English already?
If you do any of these 10 things, you are NOT the worst mom ever. You are human. Don’t beat yourself up, the kids will survive without any permanent damage! 🙂