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7 Parenting Mistakes I Made This Week

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We all like to think we have this parenting thing under control. I hate to admit it, but at times, I too am guilty of such pomposity. Not anymore! I've decided to come clean. I present you with a few highlights of my recent parenting contradictions and failures. Weep, laugh, but please don't call Child Services.

Lame follow-through

Me: You’re not listening, I said go to your room until you can play without throwing stuffed animals at your sister.

( Ooh, someone liked a photo of mine on Instagram. I gotta' see who it is. Full scroll through Instagram home page)

Are you in your room yet?

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Shifting philosophies with every fad

Me: Only one sweet a day!

(After reading a million different philosophies on dessert)

Have as many as you want. You need to learn to self-regulate. Cookies for breakfast is totally fine.

Blabbing about how important "firm not stern" is while I totally lose it

Me: Come on guys, let's go, we don't wanna be late for school!

(Five minutes later, my 2.5 year old has stripped naked and my 6.5 year old is having a melt down because her pony tail is too fluffy)

AJ, WHAT THE HECK ARE YOU DOING? ARIA WHAT'S THE FRICKEN' PROBLEM? WE'RE LATEEEEEE!!!! LETS GOOOOO!!!!

Changing the rules for the wrong reasons

Me: Only a half hour of television, guys!

(An hour later, after I've made two new Vine films)

Are you stillllllll watching tv? I said a half hour only!

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Having a "no-grabbing" rule that I violate

Me: AJ, we don’t say "that" and just grab toys. When you want to play with something your sister is holding, you ask, "May I play with that when you are done?"

(After catching AJ, giant screwdriver in hand, pummeling it into a toy car)

AJ, GIMME THAT FRICKEN THING NOW!! (and . . . grab)

Keeping my daughter home from school when only my son was sick

I was too exhausted to drive back and forth with a sick kid in the car and I thought they could play together and cut me some slack. Enough said.

Monitoring my kids language but not my own

Me: Hey, don't say "gimme" it sounds awful and it's not nice! "Gimme" is a swear word in this house!

(Five minutes later, as AJ pummels my stomach with a set of keys)

YOU GOTTA BE 'EFFING KIDDIN ME?!

So, how did YOU do this week?

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