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We’ve all been there as parents. Those moments when you know you aren’t the perfect parent. Sometimes things don’t always go as planned so we have to just roll with it. We all have come up with our own little parenting hacks to help us get through the ups and downs of parenthood. Mott’s understands that moms and dads work hard to be the best parents they can be, but sometimes in the balance of life, we falter and recognize that we can’t always be perfect. That’s why they recently launched the Good & Honest campaign with ads sharing some of life’s “parenting truths” moments to uplift parents, share a laugh and acknowledge we all improvise along the way.
I got a laugh at this new campaign because I can totally relate. I am that mom who has made some extremely annoying toy disappear. My sanity is important after all. And I got to thinking of some of the ways I’ve improvised over the years. Here are some of my Good & Honest moments.
Song & Dance
I like to make up songs. When my eight year old was a baby, he cried, a lot. I found that singing to him, even with my terrible voice, helped soothe him. I didn’t know a lot of the words to popular lullabies (and some I found a bit creepy), so I made up my own fun lyrics. They never failed to make me laugh and help me get through a long and sleepless night. Often I couldn’t remember the words I came up with even the next day, but it didn’t matter.
I have continued with this tradition with all my kids, even as they have gotten older. If they are having a bad day or simply need a distraction, I will bust into a silly song and dance. I have no problems embarrassing myself and most of the time it works to make them smile. I think this helps me release stress as much as it helps them.
I love taking a task that would normally be called a chore, and making it into something fun. Thankfully my youngest enjoys helping me out. Tasks like loading the dishwasher or doing the laundry are fun for him. Last week I caught Wes eyeing the sticks in the backyard. I suggested we pick them all up for daddy to help him out. He was a very enthusiastic helper and thought picking up sticks was a blast!
I wish I could say I’m a master at this still with my older kids who have figured out these tasks are actually chores, but I’m working on it.
I’ve learned the hard way that I can’t let my kids see me throw anything they’ve created away because it suddenly becomes their most prized possession. I admit I feel a little guilty discarding their artwork, but I really can’t keep it all. Out of sight, out of mind totally works. I’ve thrown away a ton of stuff they’ve never asked about, but I have to be stealth like when doing it. Folding it up, putting it in with other papers, shoving it to the bottom, all of them work. I just don’t make the mistake of leaving it on the top of the recycling bin unless I want a, “How could you?” kind of response followed by a wave of guilt.
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