I’m not going to take the 5th on this one although I probably should.
I’ll admit it.
I am guilty. Shame-faced. Culpable.
I am the mom who never attends class parties. I am the mom whose kids get dropped off and picked up from school by the daycare bus. I am the mom who has to say no to after school tutorials because they would miss their ride. I am the mom who forgets to sign folders. I am the mom who sometimes doesn’t look at the folder until late Sunday night and then finds out with a panic about the project that was supposed to be done over the weekend or the bag of pretzels they need the very next day. I am the mom who forgets to order the yearbook or send in the form for school pictures.
I am guilty.
I am the mom who volunteers for the PTA and feeds the kids microwaved corndogs on meeting nights. I am the mom who has to leave work early to pick up her daughter on theatre rehearsal days and make up the time at night after the kids are in bed. I am the mom who volunteers to paint sets, make costumes, and organize the school carnival on her ‘off time’. I am the mom who takes conference calls on the way to take her child to dance or the doctor. I am the mom who is on a first name basis with her kids’ teachers.
I am guilty.
I let the laundry pile up. I don’t always enforce a daily shower if they don’t smell yet. I sometimes turn on the TV or hand over the video games as a babysitter while I get something done. When my first grader’s homework is to read the little book 3 times, I give him a pass after 1 read-through if he didn’t stumble over the words the first time. I run out to the store just to get some “me” time. I hide candy so I don’t have to share. I stay up long after everyone goes to bed to paint or crochet or just have an adult beverage in peace.
I am guilty.
I am guilty of all these things and more. I am guilty of feeling guilty. I am guilty of having an awesome husband who does way more than most husbands out there!
I’ve had people ask how I can do it all? Work full-time, manage the kids and family, volunteer, and still find time to paint or crochet or the like.
I think to myself…how could I not?
If I didn’t I’d feel guilty…
You are a wonderful Mom .. and you’ve learned to be the best you can, which isn’t perfect. There was only one perfect person, so it’s not a realistic goal. You are absolutely right .. the biggest thing moms need to quit is feeling guilty!
Hugs and love,
Aww thanks Jan! You are so right! Guilt is something so hard to overcome…but I figure life is short…does it really matter if my baseboards are dusty? Or if the dishes sit in the sink ‘soaking’? Nah!!!
Hugs right back!!