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12 Things That Make You a Lazy (and Happier) Parent

Are lazy parents lesser parents?

Nope, if anything they’re happier parents.

Before I go any further, allow me to clarify for the purpose of this post that the term “lazy” is not meant to imply anything related to child neglect. We’re talking the harmless brand of lazy here.

We all bum it sometimes. Yes, even you, Mr. and Mrs. “We parent by the book just to make the rest of you feel bad”.

For whatever reason, sometimes we just wake up and find ourselves operating at 30% capacity (at best). We go through the parenting motions grasping at every imaginable shortcut either because we have to, or just because we can. 

But lazy isn’t all bad. In DisneyFamily.com’s article, How Lazy Parents Make Happier Kids and Stronger Marriages, Carol Ummel Lindquist, Ph.D. discusses the marital and developmental benefits to lazy parenting. Happier children and a stronger marriage? Sign me up!

Dr. Lindquist suggests:

“Encouraging your child’s independence to create time for yourself and your partner is an art that can start very early and evolves with the ages and stages of your child.”

Last week I wrote about the 10 Things That Don’t Make You Lazy Parent because so much of what parents get judged for is pretty stupid. If we’re going to be judged, let it be for things that actually warrant gold member slacker status. If we’ve figured out a way to lazily ensure our kids are well-loved and well-cared for, perhaps we’ve discovered the parenting Holy Grail. 

Whether you’re a sometimes lazy parent or one who’s perfected the art of just getting by, check out these 12 things that make you a lazy (and happier) parent.


  • Your kids sleep in their clothes… 1 of 12
    Your kids sleep in their clothes...
    more often than not. Laundry: 0, Mom: 1.
    Image credit: Shutterstock
  • The pizza guy has become part of your family 2 of 12
    The pizza guy has become part of your family
    You can't get pizza delivered every Friday night and not expect pizza guy Andy to become part of your family. When your kids dubbed him "Uncle Andy", his place on your family tree was solidified.
    Image credit: Shutterstock
  • Your kids asked you… 3 of 12
    Your kids asked you...
    "What are those metal things with handles?" Well Honey, those are pots and pans; we only have them because we're supposed to.
    Image credit: Shutterstock
  • Your kids don’t own a lunch box… 4 of 12
    Your kids don't own a lunch box...
    and likely never will.
    Image credit: Shutterstock
  • Cereal for dinner 5 of 12
    Cereal for dinner
    Fortified with vitamins and minerals, cereal is a quick and easy dinner. Hey, it's 8 o'clock somewhere.
    Image credit: Shutterstock
  • You gift gently used toys 6 of 12
    You gift gently used toys
    Oh no, you forgot all that birthday party tomorrow! Quick, wrap up a gently used toy from the boring pile. Problem solved.
    Image credit: Shutterstock
  • You paid your kid to leave you alone… 7 of 12
    You paid your kid to leave you alone...
    and clean his room, but mostly just leave you alone.
    Image credit: Shutterstock
  • You’ve allowed a good hand and face wash… 8 of 12
    You've allowed a good hand and face wash...
    in place of a bath. Go ahead, justify it with the fact that your kid didn't get that dirty today. And oh yeah, that water conservation thing too.
    Image credit: Shutterstock
  • You ignore sibling squabbles… 9 of 12
    You ignore sibling squabbles...
    and justify doing so as a valuable lesson in self-discipline. How conveniently admirable.
    Image credit: Shutterstock
  • You put your eldest to work 10 of 12
    You put your eldest to work
    Want in on the perfect parenting crime? Have your eldest read to your youngest. Doing so gives you a break, encourages sibling bonding, and is educational for both of them.
    Image credit: Shutterstock
  • Your child doesn’t recognize you… 11 of 12
    Your child doesn't recognize you...
    with combed hair, makeup, and matching clothing. "No really Johnny, it's Mommy. Don't be scared."
    Image credit: Shutterstock
  • You put the kids to bed early… 12 of 12
    You put the kids to bed early...
    just so you can finally have some alone time together.
    Image credit: Shutterstock

My final statement: Happy parents make happy kids. The defense rests. Literally.

What makes you a lazy parent?

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