The Chatterbox

The Chatterbox

News and views from the staff of FamilyEducation.



joyce stone's picture joyce stone

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SingMyself's picture SingMyself

Yes! Sometimes I can actually be that playful fun mom who only sees the sweetness but not the muddy wet mess... but those times, I fear, are not as frequent as the times I only see the added task on my endless to-do list.

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

I think in order to be that "fun" mom all the time you really need no other obligations whatsoever on your plate. I find when I'm maxed out, as I have been this week, my patience is thin and the kids sense this, which in turn makes them act up! It's a vicious cycle...

Doctormom's picture Doctormom


I read 2 of your comments and I almost thought someone has peeked into my home and then read what was in my mind and posted it here! I don't have the vocabulary to express it all but you just put down everything I wanted to say including the exact events with your son and daughter locked up in the restroom doing mischief and the out of body experience etc! Unbelievable!

I am glad there are people like you, who are so open about themselves because it makes us realise that it's not us it's the whole system, it's the way of life and we just have to try and come up with some solution to raise kids and give them positive experiences...

Omaha Mama's picture Omaha Mama

If we were fun moms all the time...well...that wouldn't be good either. Right? You wouldn't want L making slime in the bathroom at school or the kids to think it's okay to trash whatever room they feel like. The kids are probably right, moms are no fun! But that's our lovely job.

I really hope things look up for you soon and look forward to what Saturday holds for your family, on your pursuits (my fave post of the week). :-) Chin up.

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

Thanks so much for stopping by, doctormom! I think sometimes we worry so much about how "perfect" or not "perfect" we are as parents that we lose sight of what really counts.

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

Thanks, Omaha Mama. We have a busy day lined up!