Professor Mom

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



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...