Professor Mom

Chronicles the life of a mom, teacher, and writer trying to stay sane amid the chaos of daily life.

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MommaT's picture MommaT

Silly Mommy! Moms are never allowed to go to the restroom alone. It's called Murphy's Law, but it's also a chance for the kidos to learn from mistakes.

Oh how I envy your dinner! We had to throw most of our food out because we lost power for so long. Tonight is veggie and pasta night--I just need to find a way to make it "blend" together. I never would have thought I would miss butter and eggs.


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

I know--silly me, indeed--what WAS I thinking!

I'm sorry about your food rut--I wish I could invite you over for a big bowl of soup!


Omaha Mama's picture Omaha Mama

First of all, it is a beautiful thing that you have a strength-based perspective with regards to your kids' education. I hope others will take your advice on that!

Second, I call her Bad Mom. And she comes out more often than I like to admit. It's always that one straw that breaks the back, huh. I've learned to just admit it to my kids too, with a smile and a hug (later). To let them know that I am human, and teach them how to show me a little grace.

I love your writing here. You have a such a talent.


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

I'm glad I'm not the only one with "bad mom" lurking in the wings. I think you do the perfect thing--be honest about it with your kids and they'll see us as human beings, not wonder-parents! After all, our kids have their own "alter-kids" lurking in the wings too, don't they?

Thanks for the compliment, Omaha...


stay at home mom in mn's picture stay at home mo...

I also am not the only mom on earth who has the bad mom in her. It is so comforting to know other people are human to. I love my mother and god rest her soul but I wish she had the parenting tools to say I'm sorry and admit she was wrong. She passed away 8 years ago and did everthing in her power to make up for her mistakes but all she would of had to do was say a simple I am sorry. I forgave my mom and love her dearly but I also don't want to make the same mistakes she made. Unfortunately she was abused as a child and didn't know how to break the cycle. I know she didn't mean to be that way she just didn't know how to do it. Anyway I am a VERY strong beleiver in admitting to my children that I also make mistakes and spill the hot chocolate sometimes too.


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

I so agree with you--the best piece of advice I got early on was the importance of apologizing to your kids when you do wrong. They need to know you're human, and they need the apology, too. I know what you mean--I had similar experiences, and I have so come to value the importance of passing this lesson on to our own kids.

Thanks for your comment...