Mom Shares the Reality Check We Need: It's Not Your Job to Entertain Your Kids

Meredith Masony
That's Appropriate/Facebook

As moms, we feel pressure to be present in every waking moment of our kids' lives. We want to find the most awesome Pinterest activities to fill their days. And we want them to know through our actions and presence how much we truly love them. But no matter how great our intentions are, sometimes it's best to take a step back to enable our little ones to step forward on their own. Meredith Masony's Facebook post reminds parents it's not our job to entertain our kids 24/7, and it just might alleviate the pressure we feel to do and be everything for our children.

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"This may blow some minds, but guess what ... It is not my job to entertain my kids," Masony captions her post, which she shared on the Facebook page for her popular blog, That's Inappropriate.

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"My children are 11, 8, and 6," Masony reveals in her video. "It is their job to entertain themselves. If I'm working, or if I'm cooking, or if I'm doing laundry -- or am busy doing one of the nine million jobs that I have as a parent and an employee -- it's not my job to entertain them, as mind-blowing as that sounds."

While Meredith's video could make you clutch your pearls -- or ready your finger to kick moms like this out of an online mommy club -- there's no denying the importance of this message, even if it's hard to receive.

To clarify, Meredith is not saying mothers should hole themselves up in a room for hours and ignore their children -- or sit them in front of the latest and greatest piece of technology for hours on end. This mom simply wants other parents to understand that balance is key, and that it's important for moms and dads to give their children the room to discover things on their own.

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"When our kids are very little, we have to be with them," Masony mentions in her Facebook video. "That's part of it. But at some point, it's okay to say to your kid, 'I need you to go play and leave me alone for a little bit, because I have to do X, Y, and Z.'"

Let's face it, trying to plan every activity under the sun for your child gets mighty exhausting -- especially when your kids are out of school. There's a world of imaginary friends and adventures waiting for them, not to mention every last toy your kids cried and pleaded with you to buy just hanging out in the toy chest.

As Meredith says, "It's important that we give [our kids] enough room to figure out what they should and shouldn't be doing. You don't have to be with them 24 hours a day entertaining them. You have other things to do, and you don't have to feel guilty about that. You don't have to be on top of your kids every waking moment of the day. Let them figure out who they are."

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Are you starting to feel a sense of relief as you free yourself from the obligation of doing everything for your child in order to prove your worthiness as a parent? Hopefully, that answer is a resounding hell yes. The kids will be just fine.

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