I'm a Mean Mommy

Family Matters on 06.29.11
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If I've heard it once, I've heard it a million times lately. I'm a mean mommy.  It must be true because my son says it to me at least once a day. Well, maybe it is true. I take away toys when he talks back to me. I turn off the television in the morning when he refuses to get dressed for school. I limit the amount of dessert he eats when he wants more. I even ask him to do such things as get into his booster seat and buckle himself in on his own (at five years old). Doesn't that sound awful?! So why every time he says it do I want to respond with "You ungrateful little brat." and drag him to his room by the ear like you see in the old movies? Oh that's right. I know why.

It's because of all of the other things I do for him like take him to the park, throw birthday parties for him, organize play dates, and take him to fun places like the beach and concerts on a regular basis. Not to mention the fact that I spend much of my own "free" time at the grocery store making sure there is food in the house for he and his sister, I cook said food into three meals a day for them, I do my best to clean the house (although my best isn't much these days), and I work more than a handful of jobs. Wow! I am one mean mommy.

From what I've heard, there are a lot of other mean mommies (and daddies) out there too who do these sorts of things. What if we all went on strike and stopped doing all these things? I guess that would make us really, really mean mommies. Well, actually we can't stop doing those things or we would actually be designated mean for not feeding our children. But if you're looking for a little more appreciation, I'm happy to have you come to my house and do all the above "mean" things, and I promise I won't call you mean one time. I might even say that you're the nicest person I know.

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