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10 Things That Don't Make You a Lazy Parent

We can’t be gold star, award winning, A+ parents all the time. We’re human. We have bills to pay, mouths to feed, and reality television to watch.

I wasn’t always so forgiving in the game of parenthood. When I consider all the personal time wasted on mommy self-loathing, sometimes I wonder how I’ve come so far.

That’s not to say I still don’t second guess myself, I do, but only when I’m not busy comparing myself to other parents. I mean, obviously.

I’m not the parent who coaches her kid’s team, volunteers in the classroom, or feeds her family organic home cooked meals. I’m willing to bet a lot of you aren’t that parent either. Does that make us lazy schmucks? Not by a long shot.

There’s no shame in our game. We show our dedication to our families in different and equally important ways, that’s all.

I compiled a list of 10 things that don’t make us lazy parents. If you agree, please share the post! It’s about to get all revolutionary up in here; I can feel it.

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  • Not cooking 1 of 10
    Not cooking
    Whether dinner is take-out or fresh from your grocer's freezer, a balanced dinner is a balanced dinner. Someone's in the kitchen with Dinah, but it ain't you.
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  • Letting your kid watch TV 2 of 10
    Letting your kid watch TV
    We grew up watching TV and look how good we turned out. Besides, a little cartoonage never hurt anybody.
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  • Not volunteering in the classroom 3 of 10
    Not volunteering in the classroom
    Can't (or don't want to) be room mom? No worries! Participating in your child's education at home is equally important.
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  • Not going on expensive vacations 4 of 10
    Not going on expensive vacations
    Room service is so overrated. Spend time together at home on the cheap and remember, memories don't have to be expensive.
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  • Standing back 5 of 10
    Standing back
    Allowing your child the space to solve their own problems isn't lazy; it's critical. Observe, stand by, and jump in if you need to.
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  • Daycare 6 of 10
    Daycare
    Whether daycare is a necessity or a luxury, there's nothing wrong with utilizing the help. Your kid didn't want to go to the grocery store, cleaners, DMV, and hair salon anyway.
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  • Looking a little worn 7 of 10
    Looking a little worn
    Tattered jeans, well-loved shoes, and messy hair? Who cares! Kids are kids, not beauty queens.
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  • Skimping on chores 8 of 10
    Skimping on chores
    Chores will always be there, but your kids won't be. Spend time with your kids while they're still young enough to like you.
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  • Leaving them alone 9 of 10
    Leaving them alone
    Go about your business and give her the freedom and space to do her own thing.
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  • Not throwing huge birthday parties 10 of 10
    Not throwing huge birthday parties
    Who says you can't celebrate in a big way with a small group of your very favorite people? Sometimes less is more.
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If you’re still not convinced, be sure to check out 10 Ways I Fake Being a Good Mom for tips and tricks to fake it ’til you make it.

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