My ‘Mom Fails’ are Many But I Get This Right Every Time
Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by the Ministry of Health and LongTerm Care. As always, the opinions expressed here are my own.
This blog is all about handy dandy tips and advice for parents. Sometimes, I give my opinion on things. Other times I discuss what’s worked for me, considering the fact that I’ve been a parent longer than I’ve not been one.
What I don’t focus on often are the various “mom fails” of which, I’m embarrassed to say, there are many. I know – why feel ashamed when we all fall flat on our faces (figuratively, if not literally) when raising kids?
Perhaps it’s the stress and pressure of trying to “get it right” and be the perfect parent that you’ve seen in on TV. Maybe it’s some deep-seated fear that you’ll fail at this parenting thing that so many seem to be able to manage without too much stress.
No one told you how hard it was going to be, did they?
And regardless of the fact that I’ve done this parenting thing for decades, I still mess it up more often than I’d like to admit.
Let’s discuss, shall we?
Laundry. It never ends.
Yes, laundry. It’s the bane of my existence as a parent of growing and active children. Is there a time when the laundry bin is NOT overflowing?
No. There’s not.
Okay – so what does that mean?
Well, if I’m honest, it means many overflowing bags and piles of clothes – some clean and wrinkling rapidly because I haven’t gotten around to folding the clothes immediately after they’re dried like you’re supposed to; some, well, not so clean.
Basically, what I’m really saying is that getting the kids organized with their clothes for school each morning is a challenge, to say the least. Sadly, it’s a crap shoot as to whether their clothes will be wrinkle-free, let alone them having something as standard as having their socks matching on any given day.
Here’s an example of my sons’ reality: mis-matched socks on a daily basis. They go perfectly with the wrinkled shirt that he and his brother are likely wearing on said given day (or days, if I’m being honest). June Cleaver I’m not.
And then there’s the issue of food, specifically meals.
Who has the time to prepare perfectly nutritious and healthy meals for their kids every single time?
We eat out way more frequently than I’d like to admit, and let’s just say that I’ve convinced myself that pizza counts for at least three food groups. So there’s that. The guilt level is pretty high, but not high enough to make me stop taking the easy way out. Funny how that works.
Between the wrinkly clothes, mismatched socks and preponderance of pizza, it’s practically a miracle that my kids are relatively normal and reasonably happy.
Sure – I may do many things wrong and my “Mom Fail” game is on point, but one thing I don’t mess around with is with my kids’ vaccinations.
Getting it Right: Vaccinations
We’ve heard a lot about vaccinations and vaccines in the news of late. And yes – I know that not all parents choose to vaccinate their kids. The choice is yours as a parent however I will say that I think it’s the best decision that can be made for the health and safety of our children.
All of my kids got their vaccinations on schedule which is something that I actually got right. Their health is my number one priority so following the recommended schedule as advised by my family doctor was a no-brainer. My kids aren’t fans of needles (who is?) but they realize that getting that shot when it’s required is what is going to help them remain healthy. One too many pizza dinners may be questionable in terms of health, but getting their immunizations when they’re required to do so isn’t.
At the end of the day, parenting is hard. Not all parenting moments reflect our best judgement, however, the decision to vaccinate is definitely one of the best things that we can do to protect our children’s health. For this reason alone, we can be comfortable celebrating those “not-so-great” parenting moments because we can take care of the things that really matter.
What have you done that qualifies as a parenting fail? Are you a mom or dad who messes up sometimes as a parent but always gets it right when it comes to your kids’ health? Visit www.ButIVaccinate.ca and tell your story. You can follow #ButIVaccinate on social media to hear other parents’ stories as well.
For more information on vaccination, please visit www.Ontario.ca/vaccines or speak to your family doctor.