Not a Helicopter Mom

19 Feb
  • There was a while there my 11 year old would go and sit on the roof ledge for some peace and quite.  He actually put a pillow on the roof while he sat and read.
  • When his kindergarten teacher asked me to get a folder for my son, I turned to my five year old and told him it’s his job to get one at home and if he doesn’t have it the next day, his teacher would not be happy.  I think his teacher would’ve reported me, if she could have.
  • We have five minutes to get out of the house . . . Each of my kids have come out without shoes at least once.  But after that, they were ready . . .
  • It’s 30 degrees out- my kids go to school in shorts and no winter jacket.
  • Mattress Surfing down the steps- how cool is that?
  • Homework is nonnegotiable.  They must help around the house . . . they do that sometimes.
  • And yes, I have a son with a nut allergy and we still have them in the house.  The horror!

I believe kids should be kids.  They need to experience life and live it to it’s fullest.  They need to learn to navigate some challenges on their own.  They may get some cuts and bruises along the way, but the lessons they learn will serve them a lifetime.

There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t pray to God to give me the wisdom to do the best by each of my kids.  For as soon as I became a mom, I realized there is no way mere mortals alone can face the wrath of crying babies or hormoned teens. Here’s to us moms on the front lines. . .


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