3. Share a mom fail.
I believe mother’s guilt is going to haunt me for the rest of my life. I try not to tell my kids the stories of the times I really screwed up because I’m afraid they will continue to bring them up for the rest of their lives and I don’t want to relive them. I think they will bring them up all the time because that is exactly what I do to my own mom.
When it comes to mom fails, I’d hate to limit myself to choosing just one. Let me list as many as I can think of…maybe it it will be therapeutic and allow me to let it all go. Or maybe my kids will find this post and start their own blogs where they share what it is was like growing up with a mother who was losing it:
1. I made my baby “cry it out” and discovered she had vomited all over herself when I pulled her out of bed the following morning.
2. I missed my daughter’s Kindergarten graduation. She says another mother was waving at her and offering encouragement during their performance, only to realize later that she was actually waving at her own daughter who was standing next to mine.
3. In an exasperated heap of frustration I dumped a glass of water over my toddler’s head during one of his temper tantrums.
4. I accidentally locked myself out of my running vehicle while my toddler daughters were strapped securely into their carseats.
5. I screamed at my son for being so slow getting himself ready for school when really it was that last email I was attempting to send that distracted me from helping him.
6. I jumped into a pool fully clothed to save my daughter from drowning after taking my eyes off of her to talk to my sister.
7. I attacked my shower curtain with a hairbrush when my toddler screamed to use the bathroom yet again in an attempt to avoid bedtime.
8. I screamed “shut up” when my child would not stop screaming. An excellent display of “leading by example.”
9. This haircut:
10. I forgot to be the tooth fairy…every damn time.
11. I allowed my daughter to continue playing with a dog that bit her brother…and then the dog bit her. A trip to the ER and stitches to her right eye later, everything’s fine.
12. I kept my kids pet mice within reach of a dog we were caring for. He knocked them out of their cages and killed them all in my daughter’s bedroom.
13. I bit my biting daughter back.
14. When my daughter pulled her lovely pigtails from her hair after the time I took to create them I yelled, “Oh fine and now you’re hair is ugly!”
15. I didn’t decorate my daughter’s birthday and found her crying quietly at the top of the stairs the morning of her big day because she thought I forgot her.
omg this is the worst prompt ever. I think 15 is a good place to stop, don’t you? I hope my list makes you feel a little bit better about your own mom fails. We all have them. How many times have I sat at the bottom of my stairs crying out of pure frustration and disappointment in myself? Too many.
And it’s only with confidence that I can even share those fails because I know I’m a great mom to them. I know how hard I work to provide love and security and support and beautiful memories. And as difficult as raising kids can be, God bless them and their ability to forget, forgive and move on when we slip up.
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1. Write a list of 7 things you love about a favorite tv character.
2. Something your kids said that made you think.
3. Share a mom fail.
4. Write a blog post inspired by the word: vacation.
5. Memorial Day Weekend plans?? Do share!
6. Talk about a time you thought you saw a ghost.
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