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Friday, April 10, 2009

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Bless me, mothers, for I have sinned.

What better day than Good Friday for a baptized Catholic to fess up? My true mom confessions:

  • Sometimes I nod and make noises like I am listening to my kids when I am not. Especially before nine a.m.

  • Something made me laugh from the belly once a few years ago, and all the boys stopped and stared at me, alarmed, because they'd never seen me do that before.

  • I gave up on daily baths for the kids shortly after the second one was born.

  • I rarely do crafts or play with my kids, and I don't help with homework unless I see that one needs it.

  • I forgot to bring my fussy-eating middle son his lunch today. Again. I keep his cafeteria card loaded in this event. He'll at least eat the ice cream. Crap.

  • On more than one occasion, I have forgotten to pick up a child. My five-year-old off-handedly mentioned "that day you forgot about me" recently, and I thought my heart would break.

  • I'm not a "baby" person. I loved my babies, but I couldn't wait for them to be old enough to have conversations and play board games with me.

  • I used to have very strong opinions about how people should nurture their kids. The third one kicked me right off my high horse. Thank goodness.

    Whew. Glad that's off my chest.

    Can I have easter chocolate now?



    Blogger Dana said...

    thank you for making me feel more like the norm than the exception!

    Mine to add

    - I secretly like it when my daughter wakes up in the middle of the night afraid, because it means a sleepover in her bed.

    - I have to go out tomorrow to buy Easter Chocolate because I ate the bag of eggs I bought last week.

    1:24 PM  
    Blogger Chris said...

    Yes. You may have easter chocolate now.

    I used to have very strong opinions about parenting in general - my third son has humbled me as well.

    Glad you feel better!

    1:25 PM  
    Blogger Brian said...

    I especially identified with the last one. My wife and I were so cocky with the first kid. Thinking we knew what we were doing, looking down smugly at other parents whose kids weren't progressing as fast, whose kids weren't as well behaved. We knew our kid was so awesome because we were such awesome parents.

    Yeah, then our second kid came along and kicked our butts and now we know better.

    2:08 PM  
    Blogger Marinka said...

    I love this list. I'm not a baby person, either, and for the most part I can't stand other people's children. Let me know if there's an opening for the "Wicked Witch of the Northeast" role at your local school.

    3:11 PM  
    Blogger Heffernhyphen said...

    I find these all very comforting, except maybe the one about you forgetting to pick up children.

    3:24 PM  
    Blogger Shelley said...

    I have forgotten my children multiple times. I forgot Jake the first AND second day of school this year!! The girls hadn't started yet and...well, I'll blame it on the altitude here!!

    8:12 PM  
    Blogger Nancy Crozier said...

    Thank you. :-)

    9:35 PM  
    Blogger jana said...

    I'll add one...I don't particularly like my #1 son right now.

    10:02 AM  
    Blogger Kyran said...

    Jana, I'm going to guess he's between the ages of 11 and 15, or 40 and 45!

    This loving family definitely goes through moments when we don't like each other very much :-)

    12:10 PM  
    Blogger jana said...

    You are as intuitive as you are beautiful! He's 12, almost 13. Happy Easter. :)

    6:59 AM  
    Blogger HaikuKelly said...


    2:16 PM  
    Blogger elastic waistland said... I supposed to bathe the children DAILY? Seriously?

    I wonder what other parenting faux pas I've been committing?

    3:00 PM  
    Blogger Susan Campbell said...

    I feel so much better after reading this! Today I forgot to pick up my child - something I thought I would never do. But alas, now it's something I can add to my list of parenting faux pas, and it's a list that seems to be getting longer everyday. Does sliced turkey, tomatoes and yogurt count for dinner?

    I very much enjoy your blog! So glad you have made your to you soon.

    10:48 PM  

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