This. Is. Hard.
Not because I have something I am too embarrassed about, or because I want everyone to think I am the perfect mom.
The truth is, we have been pretty liberal in our parenting style. She learned to play on her own early on, she is HIGHLY independent (and thusly stubborn), and she is super active. We parent by instinct; we have tossed out information gleaned from all kinds of parenting manuals, everything from The Happiest Toddler on the Block to Baby Sign Language. (Note: I have NO PROBLEM with any of these manuals. They just didn’t work for me, Violet, and Jason. Every Family and Child is different, and I applaud those who find manuals that work for them. Thank you. *cue music and public service announcement logo*) Anyways, that usually means a lot of stuff we consider normal falls short of the ModernMommyMark.
So, un-mommy-like things I may have done this week would include…
- Trimming Jason’s Mohawk
- Making Violet dance to Journey
- Trying to teach her that “L” on the forehead means “Daddy”
- Walking my daughter through the Halloween aisle at Michael’s so she can see all the scary decorations, which she loved
- Feeding Violet curry
- Letting her stack dvd cases into different piles, since I still haven’t bought her any blocks
- Watching Scrubs while we ate dinner (Scrubs has been Violet’s favorite non-handy-man-or-blue-dog show since birth. Yes, we let her watch TV.)
- Um, we let Violet watch TV
So, there you have it. A partial list of my failings as a mother.
Good thing I am fabulous.
yep. yep, that is chips and salsa I am letting my 1-year-old eat, all by herself. maybe I should add that to the list...