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.
My final statement: Happy parents make happy kids. The defense rests. Literally.
What makes you a lazy parent?
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