The Guilt BringersYet another banner week has passed in parenting fails. I have to say they seem to be coming more frequently these days. Maybe it's having two small kids in completely crazy stages. Or maybe it's just time to admit that no amount of blog reading, parenting philosophy analyzing, tough loving, or laissez-faire attitudes are going to save me from doing something to make me feel like a bad mom.
It's just, does is it have to happen so often, and with such dramatic results? The main one being, the horrible guilt one feels when your child cries.
Here are just 10 ways I was hit with full-on mom guilt this week. Yes, just this week.
1. No Dessert After Good Behavior
After making the deal that vegetable consumption = dessert, I discovered that there was no dessert in the house. Needless to say, there were some pissed off little people at the table.
2. Unexplained Tears
How would you feel if your daughter was crying and she turned to you and said, "Sometimes you just need to cry." Yeah, that good.
3. When Your Child Tells On You
Even though I pick up my kids every day from pre-school and kindergarten, and super early on Fridays. Even though my husband and I have been home for weeks and weeks and weeks without any work travel; my daughter reported to her teachers that her "Mom and dad are never home." I'm guessing this means we both have to quit our jobs.
4. Skin Caught in Zipper
Why do they make Levi's for toddlers with round bellies? Really?
5. "Mommy, you came!"
Which is why, after volunteering at a school function, I wound up taking my toddler home with me five hours early. What are you supposed to say to that, really?
6. Ooops, we're out of food.
So quinoa and cheese sticks for dinner, breakfast and lunch was my best shot at a balanced meal. At least one of those is a super food.
7. Broken Promise #987
After #3, promises were made of more special one-on-one time with mom. Then a work function happened.
8. Missing Bedtime
After you swore you wouldn't. Luckily, sleeping kids can't make the sad eyes at you.
9. The Yelling
Which happens after you don't have time to shop, take your bleeding toddler to the doctor, or spend quality time with your daughter who is growing so fast you hardly recognize her.
10. "Mommy, I'm Scared!"
Which follows the yelling.
And, good riddance to a super crappy week!
How many times did you feel guilty this week?