I Am Not The Fun Mom

So, today Spencer and I had to run by Safeway after dropping C off for school (I was out of diced tomatoes, and was having a hard time with that, when I realized that they were on sale — 10 for 10 at Safeway today). ANYWAY, I saw this mom who was being so fun in the store. She and her son (who looked to be about 18 months) were just playing as she walked through the grocery store, she’d pretend the cart was out of control and you could tell they were just enjoying each other.
Flash to me, checking out the labels on everything, checking my receipt to make sure that it’s right (57% savings today, thank you very much)… just trying to dot all my I’s, as it were. I realized I am so rarely the fun mom.
So, since it’s early out EVERY day this week (lucky, lucky me) I pledge to do some more fun stuff with the kiddos. I’m not the mom that’s apt to flounce down on the floor and play cars with them but I’ll do what I can. :)

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Comments

  1. says

    I have been battling this guilt trip also since we have all been cooped up in the house a few days at a time. Although we are at home I should still have fun and let my kids be kids instead of worrying if there are crumbs in my carpet, or if the pillows on my couch are on the floor. Why can’t I be the cool mom that makes tents out of every blanket in the house and pretend all day long!!!

  2. says

    I like how my kids look at me when I do the random and unexpected fun things with them….it’s really addicting. But there is balance to be had…a mom can’t be all fun all the time, as you well know. Tell yourself you’ll be fun with them first, for a determined amount of time or for one game together etc. and make that clear to them as well. I usually say, “Sure, let’s play chutes and ladders. After we’re done I need to get my work done, o.k.?” Or, “Sure, make a tent, but remember you have to clean it up before dinner, o.k.?” They’re almost always more than willing to accept the terms!
    Good luck!

  3. Anonymous says

    I struggle with this too, Hilary. I am rather serious and reserved by nature, but I really try to come “out of myself” and laugh with my girls, etc. It’s something I have to work at, though. You’re a good mom! : )

    Amy

  4. Anonymous says

    i am mom to five great (LOUD) kids and pregnant with our sixth due in March. We homeschool and sometimes I wish I were more energetic and fun..I think I am just plain ol’ worn out. There are days where I feel like I really have it together but lately it feels like there are a lot more days that feel like I really suck as a mom. I love my kids so much but I just can’t seem to get it together and be more fun. I do enjoy your blog, you are a great writer.

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