Justification Station

There are two dimensions of parenting: The right way and the real way. We want the best for our kids, and we know they aren’t getting “the best” because, let’s face it, they are stuck with us. My dad once told me that all that is expected of us as parents is to do a better job than our parents did. If each generation does this, we are heading in the right direction. Now, how do we make ourselves feel better about striving for just above average? Pull into justification station, and I’ll share my top ten favorite justifications!

  1. Skipping baths saves water. So does infrequent sheet washing and re-wearing clothing.
  2. Watching cartoons teaches rhyming, music, interpersonal relationships, letters, numbers, and problem solving. Playing video games and computer games teaches all of these things, too, and it readies them for a technology based society.
  3. It’s not a big deal that my kids aren’t eating a balanced diet today. They ate properly yesterday…or was it the day before?
  4. Letting a swear slip in front of the children is fine. They need to learn that some words are okay for grown-ups to say, and kids shouldn’t be repeating everything they hear.
  5. It’s healthy that we fight in front of the kids. Observing arguments teaches conflict resolution and teaches the kids to speak their mind. Marriage isn’t perfect, and you can love someone and disagree with them too.
  6. Returning items late to the library isn’t irresponsible. Look at all of the money I’m donating!
  7. My child isn’t bossy or bratty. She’s just super skilled at articulating her opinions. I’m sure it’s a sign of advanced intelligence.
  8. We don’t have our kids in lots of activities because we don’t want to over-schedule them. It has nothing to do with my reluctance to pay money to stand in the cold and watch my kid ignore the coach’s directions and play in the dirt.
  9. Stealing 93% of the kids’ Halloween candy is not great for my waistline, but I’m only doing it for the kids health. I’ve thought about it quite a bit, and I can’t come up with any other options. I have to eat it. Except the stuff I don’t like. That stuff I can send into work with The Doctor.
  10. I am incredibly busy as a stay-at-home mom. Right now I’m not watching Ellen in my yoga pants while surfing the web. And if I am, it’s part of my job. Shut up! It is!
What are your favorite justifications? Share with me! I need some fresh excuses!

13 thoughts on “Justification Station

  1. Ketchup is a vegetable. Returning movies late to Family Video is helping keep them in business-they DO have to compete with Netflix, ya know. That's all I got.So glad to know that I am being responsible by only bathing my daughter one every few days (doctor's orders). However, my son more than makes up for it with his daily 20 minute showers!

  2. I think I love you! Using the last of the milk for my coffee instead of their cereal in the morning teaches them about grocery planning, food scarcity, and to broaden their breakfast horizons. We tried it the other way around and all that taught them was how scary Mommy is when she can't have coffee.

  3. Ignoring my children while I dink around on fb or catching up on your blog teaches them how to play independently, solve their own problems, and reminds them that the world doesn't constantly revolve around them.

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