Monday Mom Confession

Monday Mom ConfessionEvery week I do a Monday Mom Confession because while we all want the very best for our children, it’s impossible to do everything right all the time.  Admitting that is freeing – and it’s also encouraging to other moms in the midst of intense seasons.  I’d love for you to join me – share a link to your own confession post in the comments, or just make your confession here!  Let’s throw off the weight of perfection and get real around here!

You’re totally not supposed to do it.  I know that.  But I do it anyway.

I label my kids.

{And they know it.}

This morning was the perfect example.  The little one was running around being all like her usual crazy self, while her brother just sat there quietly on the chair, watching the commotion.

“She’s the wild one,” he said as he rolled his eyes.

We’ve always marveled at how incredibly different our kids are.  And of course, we love them both to pieces.  But there’s no denying that our daughter is much more free-spirited than our son.

But it got me to thinking.  There’s so much stuff you do when they’re little and are none the wiser and don’t worry that you’re making some sort of permanent impression.  I’m talking about both big and little stuff like hiding the good snacks, watching TV without regard to content, or bathing with them.

And making off-the-cuff comments about their little personalities that are more for your amusement than their benefit.

I guess at some point, all of these things have to come to an end.  Hiding the good snacks doesn’t work anymore with my six-year-old; he knows where they are.  We don’t watch questionable content with our kids; having a show on in the background while nursing your baby is different than a kindergartener who picks up on everything.  And at this point, I’m not bathing with my kids.

But I still make jokes about the hard one and the easy one.

For whatever reason, I’ve been careful to never label them “good” and “bad.”  Because really, that’s not it.  It’s just the calm one and the crazy one.

And they both know who they are.

Do you have a confession to make or have you blogged about your own imperfections?  Throw off the weight of perfection and join me – confess in the comments!

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One thought on “Monday Mom Confession

  1. I have never worried (much) that doing one thing or another will permanently warp my daughter; the way I look at it, I survived my raising (which was a very good one btw) and she should hers. As long as she knows we love her unconditionally, and that we do have expectations for her behavior and if those are not met, there will be a punishment, I figure everything else will work itself out!

    Nancy
    http://www.workingmomadventures.com

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