‘She’s sleeping through half her school day! What kind of mom allows that?’ Me.’: Mom shares reminder to keep kid’s well-being top priority

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“Last night, my daughter couldn’t sleep. She woke me up twice in the middle of the night to tell me. 

I could hardly sleep the rest of the night as I wrestled with the options in my head. Should I try to get her up to go to school? She just had 5 days off for Easter break after all. Let her sleep in? Get her up to do classes online at 8:20 a.m.? 

I ended up waking her up before her online classes were going to start and she dozed off in between classes. 

I covered her with a blanket and smoothed back her hair, asking her when her next class was so I could wake her up in time, all the while thinking, ‘She is still my baby and I want to take care of her.’ 

By lunchtime she was dead asleep and I didn’t have the heart to wake her for her afternoon classes. 

I kept hearing voices in my head saying I should wake her up. 

‘What will people think? She’s sleeping through half her school day! What kind of mom allows that?’

I’m the kind of mom who allows that.

I am the kind of mom who lets my baby sleep when she’s so exhausted she can’t keep her eyes open. 

I’m the kind of mom who cares way more about her well-being than what anyone else’s opinion of my parenting is. 

I’m the kind of mom who listens to my instincts and follows them when it comes to my kids.

I may not do it perfectly, but I always try my best. Because they deserve it.

I’m that kind of mom.”

teenage daughter cuddles up on the couch with her dog
Courtesy of Melissa Neeb

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