I can remember several years ago, when my husband and I were newly married and had not yet had kids, we were enjoying a day shopping at our local mall together. A little boy (probably around age 2 or 3) was running around like a mad man while his parents shopped. My husband and I were browsing in the same area as this family when all of a sudden my husband dropped down in pain and yelled something (I don't know what). My husband then looked over at me and said "That little boy just came over and kicked me!". The parents of the little boy, realizing that there was a commotion and their son was no longer by them, sprang into action and started yelling at the little boy and at my husband. I was disgusted. How could these parents loose control over this little boy and how could they let him get out of their sights like that? My husband and I swore that day that we would never allow our kids to act that way in public. . OUR kids would know how to behave themselves. I thought to myself "How lazy could you be to let your kids act like that?".
Now fast forward seven years. That mother that I swore I would never be, I am THAT mom. No, I would not let my kids run around and kick people, but I do understand how hard it is to keep control of them. Back then what I misunderstood for laziness may have been two worn down parents trying to spend a few minutes in real life. I laugh to myself when I think back to all the times I said "Oh my kids will just eat whatever I am eating, I refuse to be a short order cook!" or "I would never go out in public looking like that!". So to all of those parents that I judged before I understood, I'm sorry. And if you have not yet been blessed with children, be sympathetic. Its not that easy.
- Yells "Stop That", "Don't Touch That", "Get out from behind those clothes" while shopping
- Wears un matched socks
- Stands over the kitchen sink when I eat
- Hides candy and eats it when no one is looking so I don't get caught
- Smells questionable laundry to see if its clean
- Has toys in my living room
- Hides things in closets so my home appears clean
- Forgets to shave her legs for months at a time
- Tells my kids its bedtime at 7pm because I need a break
- Runs panicking and screaming through the grocery store because I looked away from them for one second and they walked around the corner. <---scary!
- Pretends to have to go to the bathroom just so I can sit down and have a minute of peace.
Being a parent is the most exhausting, demanding,under-appreciated, unpaid, and over all toughest job I have ever had. But I would be lying if I said it wasn't worth it. Being able to spend my days with my kids brings me joy and love. I wouldn't want to have it any other way.
This post was inspired by my new friend over at "Life without Pink". She too has become THAT mom. Now its your turn to share, leave a comment telling us how have you become THAT mom.
Remember. . .
Nobody is perfect, but a good parent is one who at least tries.
<3 Dick and Jane