So MSN put out this list of reasons we shouldn’t feel mom guilt. Even with the tongue in cheek approach of the article, the reality is, we’ll feel it anyway. Just hopefully over something more than buying my kid fake Uggs.
By Stephanie Dolgoff, Parenting
Sure, you could always be more organized, more cheerful, more on top of every little detail. But you’re not a Mombot, thank goodness, and no one (except, perhaps, you!) expects you to be. Below, we’ve rounded up 31 things among hundreds that you can give yourself leeway to do – without the burden of even one ounce of stress.
1. Taking a vacation with only your husband.
It’s such a tragedy for the kids to spend time with their superindulgent grandparents! Besides, they’ll benefit from you two not giving each other the stink eye during dinner.
2. Feeling smug that you’re a better parent than those on Supernanny.
No worries. We all feel smug watching Supernanny. Until we don’t, at which time we employ her techniques.
3. Not signing up to be class parent.
Think of it this way: Your ability to say no to volunteer tasks you can’t handle will leave you better able to concentrate on what only you can do, like getting your kids fed, dressed and onto the bus. Some days, that’s huge!
4. Yelling at your son when he actually didn’t do anything wrong.
Sure, not a great move, but it’s a good opportunity to show him that even you screw up sometimes, and that saying sorry really does help make it better.
5. Enjoying your work.
You can love your kids and still have that “Thank God It’s Monday” feeling, well, every Monday. Especially after a long and dreary winter weekend.
6. Buying your daughter the generic UGGs.
She’ll live without the label, even if she thinks she will not, and her tootsies will be just as toasty.
7. Buying yourself the real ones.
You treat your shoes better than your kid does, and you won’t outgrow them. Plus, they’re really cute. Being the wage earner has its perks.
8. Giving him the answer to the last problem on his math homework.
He’ll get more practice with the teacher in school.
9. Dipping into your son’s goody bag when he isn’t looking.
What’s a funsize Snickers between family members?
10. Not going in the pool with them.
Chlorine does a real number on your hair, and besides, that’s what dads are for.
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