So, with all the Mommy wars going around, I just want to put it out there why I'm a good mother to my kids. They're in no particular order, just as I think of them. And this not an all-inclusive list!
I use medications, like Tylenol and Benadryl for both of them.
They get their vaccines.
They use cloth diapers.
They use disposable diapers.
I work +12hrs a day, 3-4 days a week.
Some times, on my days off, I wish I was at work.
I carry (carried, too) my kids in my arms, in a baby carrier, and in their infant carseat. And they ride in the shopping carts without a protective cover!
I love coming home and seeing my son run to me yelling "Momma!!"
I love seeing my husband come home so I can pass of my kids to him for a break!
I hardly ever cook. Pancakes, French toast, and grilled cheese are weekly meals.
We don't eat organic.
I have laundry piled up all over my bedroom. Ha, my living room too.
I bathe the kids when they're cranky, not caring if they're dirty or not.
I had an epidural with both boys' labors, and breastfed them until a year or so. (still nursing the little one)
I used formula with both of them. And pumped while working full time (12+hr shifts!)
They're both circumcised.
My little one cries a lot. Nothing I do changes or helps it. So he cries.
My big one watches too much TV, but he can count to 13 and knows all the letters in the alphabet and numbers 0-10, so I'm ok with it. Thank you Sesame Street!
I usually have dirty dishes in the sink and stinky sippy cups under the couch.
We eat in the living room. Often.
My 3yo isn't potty trained yet. And my 11 mo doesn't sleep thought the night yet.
My 3 yo has a Bible verse memorized. It's "God loved us and sent his Son." and I'm super proud of him.
We don't spank often, but when we do, it's well-heeded.
I could go on. I'm not the perfect mom, or wife, but I'm perfect for my family. If someone tries to attack my choices and tell me I'm a bad parent because of what I do, I'm going to leave that person as fast as I can. I berate myself enough as it is, I don't want or need any one else doing it for me.
At the end of the day (or the middle of the night) they know I love them and when they call, my arms are around them tight!
What about you? What choices do you make for your kids that make you the best parent for them.