So the other day a big baby product company posted a picture on its Facebook page of a maybe 3 year old holding a marker sitting next to a maybe 9 month old in an infant bouncer, the baby of course with his face covered in blue marker. The post was meant to be funny as in, haha the joys of motherhood. Then the Facebook comments started coming in and people were pissed. They did not find the picture funny and bashed the mother for leaving the kids unattended. Some said the kids must have been un-attended for a long time because it would have taken a long time for the 3 year old to do that. Oh and by the way later on that day they apologized for posting the picture.
Now I don’t know about other kids, but mine are sneaky and fast. Everyday my kids surprise me with something that I am shocked over how they accomplished. Like how my 1 year old figured out how to get out her highchair straps and climb on her highchair tray, or how my 3 year old could find a blue marker and color himself blue like a Smurf.
It takes just minutes, sometimes seconds, for my kids to do something wrong. Yes I do have to go to the bathroom occasioally during the day, yes I do wash dishes or throw laundry in. I don’t so much as leave my kids unattended as I turn my back to them while doing different tasks throughout the day. So when I read those comments about that mother neglecting her kids, I was upset. I felt for the mother who yeah maybe she was out of the room neglecting her kids or maybe she was right there washing dishes and turned around to find that. No mother can watch her kids 24 hours a day, nor should she have to. We have to trust our kids, sometimes and hope for the best. And when they do something wrong, we have to learn to laugh…. and take pictures.
So I ask, what is your worst mommy moment?
Mine would probably be when my then 2 year old drew all over his playroom walls with a green Sharpie marker the day before we were moving. I had a 3 month old I was tending to at the time and I cried when I saw the room. Then I laughed and grabbed my camera, and then I called my husband who had to pick up paint on his way home. He frantically painted the whole room that night so we would have no issues with closing.