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Mom Confessions: I Lie and Say I'm "Working" to Avoid Playing

by Sheri Reed on September 4, 2009 at 11:00 AM

mom confessionsIt's time for a Mom Confession — because, let's face it, we're real mothers and sometimes it doesn't work the way the parenting books say it should.

This Week's Confession:

I lie and say I'm "working" to avoid playing.

Sometimes I lie to my 5-year old when he wants me to play and tell him I have to "work" on my laptop -- taylormom82

Question: When your child wants to play, do you ever lie and say you're "working" or "very busy" when you're really not.
  1. Of course, how else would I have any fun? 8%
  2. Sometimes, I do that. 36%
  3. No, I tell the truth, that it's "mommy's time." 35%
  4. No, I just get up and go play. 16%
  5. Other (write in below) 2%
Total Votes: 84
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We all have secrets and opinions — so thanks to this brave mom for sharing her honest thoughts, and thank you for keeping this conversation non-judgemental!

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I Use Housecleaning to Avoid Playing With My Kids

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I Use My Kid's Flushable Toilet Wipes

I'm Going to Disney Without My Children

I Bribe My Children

I Hate Reading Children's Books

I Sleep Naked With My Toddler

I Hate My Neighbor's Kid

I Don't Like to Play

I Sleep While My Kid Is Up

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I Let My Toddler Play Outside Alone

I Turn My Kids Over to A Mom I Just Met

My Toddler Wears Crude T-Shirts

I Let My Toddlers Climb Play Equipment Unassisted

My Kids Go to Sleep After Midnight

I Let My Toddlers Go Naked in Public

I Throw Away My Kid's Artwork

I Paid $22 for My Son's Haircut

My Toddlers Eat Pizza for Breakfast

I'm Dying My Toddler's Hair

I Leave My Toddler Alone in the Bath

Our Children Aren't Invited to Our Wedding

I Scold Other People's Kids

I'm on Vacation, But My Kid Is Still Going to Day Care

I Favor My Older Child

I Let My Toddler Eat Food Before Paying for It

I Find Excuses to Send My Kids to Bed Early

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  • Lanasmom


    September 4, 2009 at 12:31 PM

    Honestly right now dd is pretty content playing by herself and entertains herself fairly well--so if she does want me to play, i generally will, as long as i'm not doing anything important.

  • toria...


    September 4, 2009 at 12:45 PM

    I just tell her that mommy is doing something and will come play in a little bit.

  • ethan...


    September 4, 2009 at 1:48 PM

    What goes around comes around. Honesty is the house policy.....

  • Lumin...


    September 4, 2009 at 4:57 PM

    HA. I really DO have to tell my kids "I'm working" sometimes because I DO work from my computer on my online shop. They understand.. I wouldnt lie about it though. Even my 4 year old knows the difference between paypal and cafemom.

  • Colts...


    September 10, 2009 at 2:25 PM

    honeslty i use to do that. . but then one day i realized how fast he was growoing. . one day he wouldn't want me to play with him. . .& i realize this time is so precious. . .one day when i look back i want to remember playing with  my son. . .my mom never played with us. . & i remember that. so try to play with him when he wants to.

  • ritz13


    November 16, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    I do that all the time and I feel like im the worst mom

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