Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Mean Mom Gets Soft

Help! I don't know what has happened to me!
This morning I made it over to Home Depot to purchase more yard waste bags so the kids and I could finish bagging up the piles that are laying on the grass. I fully intended to force ask the kids to help me, because I am a Mean Mom, you know. But something strange happened.
The kids were already outside (Eager beavers, don't you think?) but when I went out I found they were engaged in a game. I was watching a friend's kids this afternoon, and the boys and girls had joined forces for a Battle of the Sexes rendition of Capture the Flag.
They were running around, yelling and laughing, planning their strategy to take the victory and somehow I couldn't bring myself to ask them to stop. I think this post from Ann Kroeker may have influenced me...I was thinking about how good it is for them to be running around outside, having fun, and I decided, I can do this bagging myself. I should let them enjoy themselves with this game.

So I did.

Fellow Mean Moms, do you think I need help?
Could this move on my part come back to haunt me?
Will I regret being n-n-n-nice???
If you think I need to get my head checked, please, please save me before it's too late!
I think there is still hope. I hope there is still hope, anyway. I have a lot more raking to do. There are plenty of dead leaves and foliage around the yard. There will be many, many more bags to fill. The kids aren't out of the woods yet. There is still work to be done.
I can still be mean get them to help me out.

I may have gotten soft today, but it won't last forever. I promise. Mean Moms of America, I will not let you down!

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Anonymous said...

You're such a sweet mom!

Mrs.Naz@BecomingMe said...

Seems like you should change your name to well-balanced mom. :-)

Stacey said...

Yes. There is still hope. I always find a way to return to being a "meanie" EVEN after I have slipped into being nice. :-)

You are so funny!

Sandy said...

Hi Karen, great post! We just ordered 12 yards of dirt for our boys to move into the backyard. Kept them busy for 2 days! Now the bark is next ... I'm a firm believer of manual labor for our kiddos! :)

Jenileigh said...

Hilarious, you are such a great mom Karen! ;)

luvmy4sons said...

You crack yourself up! LOL! By the way we all KNOW you are NOT a mean mom, but I am relieved to know that you won't play the softie for too long! LOL!

concerned parent said...

Funny, I too get soft at times.

ATSmith said...

Level-headed would be another adjective to describe the situation and your reaction. Sticking to your guns just to stick to them requires no thought process ... you thought (kids are having fun) and processed (i can do it myself this time and they will help next time).

Susan Skitt said...

Ah ha, it looks like by your post, "Mean Mom on the Loose", that your kids did do a share of the load :)

I agree with "Becoming Me" in that it sounds like "Well Balanced Mom" is a better label :)

BTW - I love the dramatic leaf bag picture with the kids!

And with that thought, this Mom better get to bed. See what happens when I doze on the couch watching Home and Garden channel? I wake up and HAVE to check my email... oh my, now you know one of my secret areas I have to work on, no secret to my dear family however :)

Jodi said...

Ahhh.. what a nice mom thing to do! I don't think you will regret being nice this one time!!