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True Mom Confessions: Less-than-Perfect Parenting Moments

By paulabernstein |

Admit it. You’re not perfect. None of us is.

We’ve all made parenting decisions we’re embarrassed about or done things we are not proud of. But Erin Zammett Ruddy, who blogs at, is different than most of us in that she shares her less-than-perfect parenting moments with the rest of us.

Sometimes I feel that there is so much pressure to be an ideal parent that we beat ourselves up over tiny things (or maybe it’s just me who does that!).

Surely, Zammett Ruddy isn’t the only mom who has done the following:

1. Eaten a piece of food that fell out of her child’s mouth.

2. Skip pages when reading a really long book (occasionally, my kids will bust me for this infraction).

3. Toss out clothes that have been “the victim of diaper blowouts” rather than cleaning them.

4. Let your kid have a cupcake or a lollipop or candy just because you wanted to avoid a tantrum.

5. Snap at your kid in a moment of anger.

We’ve all been there, right? I’ve certainly committed all of the above infractions (except maybe #1). In addition to those, I’ve also let my kids skip bath night because I was too lazy to clean the bath tub; allowed my kids to sleep in their play clothes; and I have even let them go to bed without brushing their teeth.

What are the parenting moments you’re not entirely proud of ?

photo: flickr/Zummersweet

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Paula Bernstein is a freelance writer and social media manager with a background in entertainment journalism. She is also the co-author of Identical Strangers: A Memoir of Twins Separated and Reunited.

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0 thoughts on “True Mom Confessions: Less-than-Perfect Parenting Moments

  1. Rosana says:

    I don’t know what parents are thinking these days but most of those confession do not seem that bad to me other than number 8 and 10. Most of them I have not done but I do not think they are that bad and I could do them in the future. Number 8 I will not do because it will only open the door to a path I do not want my child to go thru and number 10, I can easily keep my cool with my kids because after all, my kids are 2.5 years old and 6 months old so they do not know better and my son is at an age where being selfish is all he knows so I can deal with that. At the same time, the more mom looses her cool, the more the kid will loose his/her cool.

  2. Amy says:

    I love all of the comments, so funny what other moms have done. I also love how on THAT website, the comments haven’t gotten all Judgy McPerfectmom.

  3. Linda says:

    LOLOL. I have to say that I’ve never intentionally eaten food that fell out of my kids’ mouths. Eat of their plates all the time though. I’m known to skip pages in The Diggingest Dog. G-d, how I’ve grown to loathe that one! :P

  4. MomofBeans says:

    Bribed my oldest with small packets of german gummi bears to get through my sister-in-law’s wedding…rationalized that sprinkler play qualified as a shower/bath…I also may have mentioned (on occasion) that El Cuco (a sort of puerto rican boogie man) comes out eats the fingers and toes of all the naughty boys and girls. I know – for shame!

  5. bob says:

    It doesn’t count if you rinse it off or only eat the part that didn’t enter the kid’s mouth. I mean, come on! Half the time, my entire dinner is whatever the kid doesn’t eat.

  6. Lucky says:

    Haha these are awesome. The other day my not-yet-2-year-old told me “MOVE please.” I need to watch how I talk to him, especially all the colorful language I teach him while Daddy’s at work- for shame. What can I say? I was an aircraft mechanic… I can swear like a sailor!

  7. deebee says:

    …who eats anything that has been in ANYONE else’s mouth?
    Ew, dudes. Ew.

  8. TC says:

    Guilty of skipping pages on some of the long books and making up my own story. Justifying by saying that I’m inspiring creativity by changing the story every time, right? Right? C’mon…

    Guilty of putting on the t.v. and letting the kids veg while I veg, too.

    Guilty of saying the Parks closed today so that we don’t have to go out (and to make up for it by doing something at home).

    Guilty of having Pajama Day when we are all feeling the “stay home” weekend vibe.

    LOL I can’t eat something that’s been in someone else’s mouth, unless its an ice cream that’s melting at super speed.

  9. Sarah says:

    I’ve done nearly all these! Love Amy’s comment about how commenters on Babble are Judgy McPerfectmom. Too true and too funny.

  10. Kathy Newman says:

    I read in the New Yorker last year that when it comes to talking in public about parenting, dads want applause and mothers want absolution. Though this article was an effective attack on the motherhood memoir, which I am, I confess, hoping to write someday, the observation struck me as true. I am looking for forgiveness.

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