I'm linking up with Momfessionals for this show and tell Tuesday post. I have already laughed over some of these blogs and how the moms are telling on themselves in their parenting moments. We've all done crazy things, right? I thought I would share a few of my own "mom of the year" moments.
1. When the boys were a lot younger than they are now, Todd and I would wait until they all went to bed and would make a package of chocolate chip cookies. And then eat almost the entire thing alone. :) It's a wonder they never came back down to see what the yummy smell was.
2. I have never been a bedtime routine mom. I always tucked the kids in when they were little, and if asked to, I would read them a bedtime story, but they rarely asked. I still say goodnight to them, but nowadays, it's more like they come in to say goodnight to me.
3. I have been known to hide in the bathroom. Or in my car, talking on my phone.
4. Sometimes I don't always answer their thousand questions a day. I get asked some crazy things, and if the question is something I think is obvious, I pretend I don't hear. Let's face it: they need to just figure out some things on their own.
5. I make them empty the dishwasher full of clean dishes because that is my least favorite job.
6. I don't clean their bathroom because, (1) boys, and (2) gross. That is one of their jobs.
7. I don't really "do" breakfast. Every once in a blue moon I will actually make something, but none of the boys are huge breakfast eaters. Jonah is happy with cheese-its and a glass of chocolate milk. On the days when I do make something (biscuits, cinnamon rolls, pancakes, eggs), it doesn't get eaten with much enthusiasm. We are big on toast, oatmeal, grits and cereal for breakfast over here, and they all make their own.
8. Part of the reason they are able to fend for themselves for breakfast and lunch is because sometimes I am just lazy. Or busy. On weekdays, I do my bible study homework while they do their school work. I am usually wrapping up the homework by noon, so if they get hungry before that, they'll make lunch for themselves. A lot of days for lunch, I do actually make something hot for them. That is one of their favorite things about being homeschooled~the good lunches they're able to have every day. It's almost always something hot. My kids have never been sandwich and chips kids, unless it's a deli sandwich worthy of Subway.
9. I hate puppies. I think they're cute to look at, but I am totally indifferent to them. Callie is pretty and she's mostly sweet, but she gets on my nerves. I have zero patience with them. This could be just because she's not Andy, the most wonderful dog to have ever lived. I told Todd yesterday that I want our next dog to be a lab, and I want his name to be Barnabas. (I just started reading At Home In Mitford.) I also prefer male dogs to female dogs. (Gosh, that could be said of humans too.) I do think Callie will be smart someday, she is just not yet. One day I was calling her name while painting my nails in the downstairs bathroom (with the door open) and she kept circling the entire downstairs looking for me, for a good five minutes, until she finally found me.
10. Sometimes I text my kids to get them to do something.
11. As much as I love to read, my boys HATE to read. Every once in a while, one of them will pick up a book and devour it, but that's not often. Currently, I have three engrossed in books. One that they're reading is for school, the other is for pleasure.
12. I don't think I'm a good homeschool mom. I mean, I am motivated, and I have great ideas and we get things done, but most days I stink at this whole gig. My boys are great at staying on task and they're great at finishing their work. I feel as if I am easily sidetracked. That being said, I do still love to homeschool them. I don't really "homeschool" them, though. They are motivated to work on their own, and they rarely need my help. We have videos they watch for math, and I will help when they need me, but as they get older, they get even better at working on their own. The good thing is that I can trust them in this. They have integrity and they can be honest and tell me when they just need to look up the answer for something to see if they've gotten it right (Graham).
Have I told on myself enough? I surely do NOT have it all together. Some days I wonder how in the world we made it this far and how they've all turned out so normal. Although that is debatable on most days. Have you met Drew and Noah?
Happy Tuesday to you, and love to all.