Except for you, right? You are not a hypocrite. You are the perfect parent, and you’re going to troll me anywhere you see this article online to bash the idiotic author who had the gall to make such an extreme generalization of moms as a whole.
Good thing I don’t give a fudge. Actually, I do. See, I’m a hypocrite.
And there you go, that leads us into number one of four of the top 4 ways in which all moms are hypocrites:
- We tell our children that we want them to have an opinion, and then we interrupt or shut them down whenever they attempt to voice it. Why? Because it doesn’t matter if Sally wants her pink socks; Mommy did not wash her pink socks, so Sally must wear the blue ones. Oh, Johnny doesn’t like green beans? Well, what his taste buds want doesn’t matter because that is what Mommy cooked tonight. What did Mary say? That she wants to cut and fold the paper how she thinks it looks best? Not allowed because Mommy always knows best, remember that?
- We tell our children that it’s okay to make mistakes, and then berate them whenever they make them. Seriously, this is the worst one. As parents, we mess up all of the time. We are continually screwing things (and our children) up in ways we swore (and hoped) we wouldn’t. However, if little Joey spills the milk, misspells a word, or reacts poorly because he woke up on the wrong side of the bed, well that’s absolutely not allowed.
- We tell them not to use “ugly” words and then haphazardly throw bad words around in their presence. All. Of. The. Time. Especially in the car. Especially when we are in a rush. Can we say road rage? Everyone is a “flicker” or a “little ship,” even dear sweet granny driving to her doctor’s appointment. It’s like word vomit; some of us just have no control.
- We tell our children that lying is horrible and we white lie our way through the day. Mommy is doing work on her phone, not perusing social media of course. Mommy needs to go potty, to check her phone of course. Mommy and Daddy are talking. Mmmhmm, talking. Mommy needs a break. Oh wait, didn’t mommy have a break this morning while we were in preschool?
See what I mean. I am a hypocrite, and you probably are too; if not in the ways that mentioned, then likely in some other ways.
It’s naive to think any of us will make all of the “right” parenting decisions each day, but it is of uber-importance that, at minimum, we try to be more cognizant (and change) how often we haphazardly exemplify the exact opposite of the values we want to instill upon our children.
The next time you overhear me correcting my child for acting poorly, please remind me that I make mistakes and when you do, I will pretend it doesn’t bother me, but since you know I’m a hypocrite, you know I’ll be lying.
——–> This momma is a work in progress. <———