“Night upon night were panic-filled dreams, cold sweats. I’d frantically fumble through the sheets in search of my baby, who I was convinced I’d rolled on in my extreme state of exhaustion. Everywhere we went, I envisioned horrible things. I became the mother who hovered beneath the play equipment and fed only pureed food in fear he would choke. My mom friends stopped trying. Offers for play-dates and coffee meets ceased.”
“I had a few drinks. Judge me if you want, but I’m allowed. I’ve been 21 for 26 years now, so I’m legal. Wasn’t driving. Not bothering anybody. But, we got lost on the way back. It may have had something to do with my favorite two-word phrase: Mer-lot. Then my daughter called. ‘Hello?’ I over enunciated my words, trying to stand in place, giggling.”
“About 30 seconds after accepting the ride, the rider sent me a message via the app. ‘I need you to act like you know me, and that you’re not my Uber driver’. When I got there, I had my window rolled down. She looked over and yelled, ‘Hi, Babe! I’ll be right there!’”
“Seriously. What is this? Right along with, ‘Is Justin watching the kids tonight?’ For crying out loud.”
“You think you don’t have to lift a finger when it comes to the kids, bedtime routines and homework. That you don’t need to help cleanup after the dinner she’s just made, or do the dishes, because that’s HER job.”
“Not all of you are going to agree with what I’ve written. Some of you will be downright mad after you read it.”
Parents, our children’s “misbehaviors” are symptoms of a much deeper problem that can’t be ignored any longer.
“Give up the bad habits that rob kids of mental strength.”