Any woman who has ever raised a child has felt the powerful, all-consuming, mostly irrational force known as “mommy guilt”. My own mind works in such a vicious circle of mommy guilt it’s a wonder I don’t fall down on a regular basis due to sheer dizziness.
When I was a working mom, I felt awful that I wasn’t spending more time with my kids. But when I was able to stay home with Evan, I worried that he wouldn’t get the same interaction with other kids his age that his brothers had in daycare. Now that I’ve returned to work, I’ve also returned to feeling that there’s just not enough time in the day to show my kids how much I love and enjoy them. It’s a never-ending cycle of guilt.
So when I was reading a magazine lately and came across an article titled “Reasons the Kids Will Be All Right” I stopped to read every word. It was printed on the last page of Parenting: School Years, and we all know the very best things are always on that last magical page of a magazine.
It’s my hope that by giving them credit they won’t feel compelled to come after me for obvious copyright infringement. Because this list is too good not to share. It's funny, but it's also a nice reminder that we all just need to get a grip.
Reasons the Kids Will Be All Right
- They hardly remember anything before age 2.
- Your toddler is too small to understand what you called the #&*%! Who cut you off on the freeway.
- Your tween is big enough to understand what you said – but smart enough not to repeat it in front of Grandma.
- Sooner or later your child will come to see a large purple dinosaur as unsuitable marriage material.
- There must be at least some trace minerals in chips.
- Losing the spelling bee or suffering through a few years of braces actually does build character.
- At some point, he’ll be interested enough in girls to bathe voluntarily.
- Unless she’s the next Jennifer Garner, her awkward yearbook photo won’t haunt her for the rest of her life.
- Because there are a million and one ways to raise kids right, and only a few ways to screw them up royally.