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I am sad to admit that I am a Smug Mommy more often than I'd like to be.

I understand intellectually that people have different preferences and talents. I understand intellectually that I'm a little crazy when it comes to things like scheduling or organization. (I'm careful not to overburden Z and we've definitely left activities early when he's been tired or upset.)

But some things just seem SO OBVIOUS to me.

Like: re-packing the diaper bag once you get home. Or sewing labels onto jackets. Or setting up a household routine so that weekends are totally free for family time. Or a color-coded shared family calendar (that MoBob rarely consults).

When people tell me that they don't do these things I know I look incredulous, and that's not a nice response.

I definitely need to congratulate myself less, and compare and judge a lot less. And empathize a whole lot more. Instead of turning into That Mom.

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On January 14th, 2016 02:22 am (UTC), mokey4 commented:

I think we all do that to some extent. Ok, I guess I know that I do. I am not super organized, but I am proud of my ability to diffuse difficult moments and remain calm with my kids. It's the #1 skill I work on as a parent. Although I sometimes fail, I know I am good. I'm also proud of my ability to get my kids to cooperate (much of the time ) without ever using punishments or rewards. It's a lot of work but I think I am reaping rewards.

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On January 14th, 2016 05:17 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
I'm definitely trying to follow the whole positive parenting thing - it's so hard - I don't know how you manage with two!
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