Wednesday, 12 September 2012
Back when no one was reading my blogs, I wrote a blog about some of my ‘bad parent’ moments. I wrote about instructing my daughter to withhold the truth about her broken tooth if the dentist asked in order to not be charged for getting her dental crown re-glued. Well, my blog was recently featured (oops!) and I got a lot of views and a lot of feedback. Some appreciated my honesty, while others blasted my parenting. I get it, you shouldn’t tell your kids to lie. But it was either that or leave her un-capped, jagged, decayed tooth to sit in her mouth until I could afford to get it fixed. Sometimes, like it or not, parents get stuck between making one bad parenting decision or another. I won’t even deny that many bad parenting decisions come from pure laziness. I am not afraid to admit my parenting mistakes. After all, admitting the problem is the first step to correcting it, as they say.
Let me share with you some other things that make me a bad parent:
1. I sometimes interrupt my daughters when they are talking.
2. I don’t always listen as well as I should when they talk.
3. Sometimes I let them watch Desperate Housewives with me.
4. They get way too much ‘screen time’ when I am cleaning the house.
5. Some nights, I don’t make them eat their vegetables, just to save the drama.
6. I used to threaten to turn on the vacuum if they refused to take a nap.
Now I’ve done it; I hear mom’s gasping all around the world. What a horrible mother! Those kids have no hope.
Somehow, through all of my bad mommy moments, my girls are great kids. They are smart, funny, compassionate, helpful, loving, and well-behaved (for the most part). Obviously, they are not perfect, but they are pretty amazing if you ask me. And, most importantly, they know how much I love them. (They aren’t even afraid of the vacuum anymore.)
Now, at the risk of having my parenting bashed again, I want to turn the tables. Tell me about your parenting mistakes. Even the best parents out there have some. So fess up: What makes you a bad parent?