We’re supposed to watch our kids like hawks, make sure they aren’t seeing things they shouldn’t, eating things they shouldn’t, doing things they shouldn’t and about a thousand other “shouldn’t” things. There is a whole list of things that, if we want to be considered “good parents”, we should always be doing. We should be paying attention to everything, no matter what.
Fibs and Such
Honestly, with a couple of kids, a full-time job and household to run, doing every little thing perfectly just seems too big a task on a daily basis. When it comes up in conversation with other parents, I do what all of us do when talking to other parents about things like this: I tell a little white lie. And another. Followed by a fib or two. Here are the top five I find myself repeating fairly often.
- Sugar? Ugh! I have to read every label when I’m shopping! My kids aren’t getting that crap while I’ve got say about it.
- Well, you know I only let them have a small amount of screen time. It’s a real pain, but it’s a fight I have to win.
- Oh yes, organized sports are so very useful for a child’s social, mental and physical development!
- My kids keep me so busy with all their after-school activities; it’s exhausting.
- Well, of course I volunteered for the school’s event; didn’t you?
I try my best to do all of these things, but some days, and you know the days I’m talking about, it just doesn’t happen. They have cereal for dinner because I’m running up against a deadline, or they get plopped in front of the TV because I’ve got to get the laundry done. I just can’t be perfect every day. And honestly, who has time for running to and fro for sporting events, activities and fundraisers? It must be someone besides me, because after my work, making dinner, helping with homework and everything else, I just don’t have the energy. I’ll be glad when my oldest finally gets his license!