Forgive me for I have not been the picture perfect, glossy magazine mommy. I have sinned:
I let my kids drink soda. And it used to be full-on sugary soda until kid #2 got 13 cavities in a single six-month period. Turns out she was guzzling Coca-Cola and not brushing her teeth, so the sugar just sat there. Now there’s only artificially-sweetened, caffeine-free soda in the house, aka liquid chemicals.
I let my kids eat fast food. Years ago, we fell into the drive-through trap of getting so busy and hungry that a trip to the closest fast food place was necessary. Between my ES (estranged spouse) and I, we were taking the kids to the drive through four times a week. Expensive and unhealthy. I instituted Take-Out Tuesday. Every Tuesday, we get take-out. The restaurant choice rotates through the three kids. Expectations are managed and the kids never ask for fast food unless it’s Tuesday. But they still eat it every week.
I never put top sheets on my kids’ beds. There’s a mattress pad, a bottom sheet, and a quilt or comforter (and pillows, of course). Obviously, the quilt or comforter has to be washed fairly often, but the ease of kid bed-making outweighs the additional laundry for me. I had hoped to encourage the kids, from an early age, to make their beds every morning, but have seen only limited success.
How about you? Got any bad mom/dad confessions? Share ’em in the comments!
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