As I’ve Said, I Am Not June Cleaver

What is a perfect mom? June Cleaver? Well, I’ve already established that I’m not her! Is it a mom that practices AP? Well, I’m not really her either. I’m also not the mom that joins the PTA (note my post about not being a people person), overschedules all sorts of super cool activities and sports, or the mom who praises every single mediocre accomplishment.
I do:
  • Praise them when they do well
  • Let my toddler cry for a few minutes if he refuses to go to sleep
  • If the toddler is having a temper tantrum I let him ride it out until he collects himself
  • Allow and even encourage my twelve-year-old to listen to Ozzy Osbourne and Megadeth
  • Vaccinate on schedule
  • Suck up my annoyance with Elmo and let the toddler watch because he loves that obnoxious red puppet so
  • Sometimes leave toys in the living room overnight
  • Let my twelve-year-old bring his Kindle everywhere
  • Still have my 22½ month old rear-facing
  • Keep my kids in boosters until they are 4’9 whether they worry about being teased or not
  • Judge people who blatantly install or use car seats incorrectly, or worse, not at all
  • Swear a little more than I should sometimes and I really need to watch it
  • As of two days ago, I still breastfed my 22½ month old without worrying about scarring him for life
I don’t:
  • Like co-sleeping so I don’t do it
  • I didn’t let my first son watch Barney and I don’t let the toddler watch it either
  • Let them get away with murder
  • Limit TV as much as I could
  • Use vinegar and unicorn saliva to clean every little thing and do still have a few toxic chemicals in the house
  • Mop the floor as often as I should
  • Sign up my kids for activities as much as I should
  • Worry about the Mommy Wars

But you know what? Despite my flaws and imperfections, my kids are pretty freaking awesome! My twelve-year-old is sweet, caring and funny and the toddler, while being a bit of a maniac, is so sweet and personable when he isn’t scaling the furniture or throwing his toys. So I may not be a perfect mom but I have been a successful one!

But you know what? Despite my flaws and imperfections, my kids are pretty freaking awesome! My twelve-year-old is sweet, caring and funny and the toddler, while being a bit of a maniac, is so sweet and personable when he isn’t scaling the furniture or throwing his toys. So I may not be a perfect mom but I have been a successful one!

 



Regan is a New England native now living in Colorado with her husband and two sons. She is committed to living greener and is an advocate of cloth diapers, babywearing, breastfeeding, and intuitive parenting. She loves to read, cook, bake, write, and explore her new mountain home.
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