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Mama Jekyll and Mrs. Hyde

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Mom•Logic from a Mom too tired to remember her name: I am an excellent Mom, until I'm not.

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"I am a good Mom. I zip down the slide at the playground, belly laughing with my kids. I find creative ways to sneak veggies into the muffins and pancakes we bake together. I giggle and chat happily with them and even listen to kids' music in the car instead of turning on what I'd rather hear. I live for their hugs and kisses, questions and thoughts.

But not always.

Some days I go through the motions--making the same meals, wiping up the same damn macaroni and cheese bits from the floor under their chairs. I am short with them, say "wait a second" all too often, and stare at the ticking clock 10 times a minute until they've finally drifted off to sleep at night.

Add sleep deprivation, and I am a monster. When the kids have needs at 2:00 a.m., I have no tolerance. I b*tch at my husband, mumble negative things under my breath and have no patience for what I can't fix. In fact, I wonder sometimes why I chose this life at all. And before you get all high and mighty--I, too, was repulsed when I used to hear people on Dr. Phil admit they wished they never had kids. I mean,who thinks like that, right? (Well, I do. But only sometimes.)

I know I'm not alone. A recent article entitled The Bad Mommy Brigade in New York Magazine is definitive proof that other Moms, too, beat themselves up for not being "good." In fact, I bet that you--yes, you--are sometimes a super crappy mother. And if you're not...could you please leave some comments about how you achieve that? Because the rest of us are at a loss."


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3 comments so far | Post a comment now
RK January 27, 2008, 9:20 PM

Oh, amen, sister. I love being a mom MOST of the time, and usually feel like I do a good job at it - but there are times when I just don’t have it in me! Anyone with an honest bone in their body has to admit they’ve felt this way before. It’s called being human!

karen13904 May 12, 2008, 11:03 AM

WOW!!!!! Can I just say I coppied and e-mailed this to my husband! I am so glad to hear I am not the only one. I mean I love my kids to death, But I too get very frustrated with them. I agree with RK it is just being human.

Anonymous September 29, 2009, 10:31 AM

Wellbutrin, wellbutrin, wellbutrin!


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