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Thursday, April 30, 2009

The Mean Mommy

I found this over on Insanities of a Stay-At-Home-Mom.   It’s so true, so I thought I’d post it today.

 

Someday when my children are old enough to

Understand the logic that motivates a parent, I will

Tell them, as my Mean Mom told me:

I loved you Enough . . .
To ask where you were going, with whom,

And what time you would be home.

I loved you enough to be silent and let you

Discover that your new best friend was a creep.

I loved you enough to stand over you for two hours

While you cleaned your room, a job that should have taken 15 minutes.

I loved you enough to let you see anger,

Disappointment, and tears in my eyes.

Children must learn that their parents aren't perfect.

I loved you enough to let you assume the

Responsibility for your actions even when the

Penalties were so harsh they almost broke my heart.

But most of all, I loved you enough . . .

To say NO when I knew you would hate me for it.

Those were the most difficult battles of all.
I'm Glad I won them, because in the end you won, too.

And someday when your children are old enough to

Understand the logic that motivates parents, you will tell them.

Was your Mom mean? I know mine was.

We had the Meanest mother in the whole world!
While other kids ate candy for breakfast,

we had to have cereal, eggs, and toast.
When others had a Pepsi and a Twinkie for lunch,

we had to eat sandwiches.
And you can guess our mother fixed us a dinner that was

Different from what other kids had, too.

Mother insisted on knowing where we were at all times.

You'd think we were convicts in a prison.

She had to know who our friends were, and what we were

Doing with them. She insisted that if we said we

Would be gone for an hour, we would be gone for an hour or less.

We were ashamed to admit it, but she had the nerve

To break the Child Labor Laws by making us work

We Had to wash the dishes, make the beds, learn to

Cook, vacuum the floor, do laundry, empty the trash

And all sorts of cruel jobs. I think she would lay

Awake at night thinking of more things for us to do.

She always insisted on us telling the truth, the

Whole truth, and nothing but the truth. By the time

We were teenagers, she could read our minds and had

Eyes in the back of her head. Then, life was really tough!

Mother wouldn't let our friends just honk the horn

When they drove up. They had to come up to the door

So she could meet them. While everyone else could

Date when they were 12 or 13, we had to wait until we were 16 .

Because of our mother we missed out on lots of

Things other kids experienced. None of us have ever

Been caught shoplifting, vandalizing other's

Property or ever arrested for any crime. It was all her fault.

Now that we have left home, we are all educated,

Honest adults. We are doing our best to be mean

Parents just like Mom was.

 

Are you a mean mom (or dad)?  I know I sure am.  As a result I hope to raise a good, kind, responsible adult.  So, how “mean” are you?

6 comments:

BeautifulWreck said...

I need to print this and put this in the fridge. Better yet, copy and paste it, pretty it up and frame it!

Mommy (That's my name, don't wear it out.) said...

This is truly great!

Anne said...

I am the "meanest" of all the mother in the WHOLE world!! or so my daughter screamed that at me one day!!
Yep!!! and proud of it! ;0)

nikkicrumpet said...

Being a single parent and raising three kids alone, I HAD to be the mean mom. Otherwise I figured they'd be running around getting into trouble. There were times when it was really hard because they learned early on how to push my "guilt buttons" like little pros. However some of the "meanest" things I did to my kids were the ones that taught them the most important life lessons. And the funny thing is...when they become adults...they actually THANK you for being mean!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

I am blogging about your awesome giveaway goodies tomorrow (Friday) morning. :) They arrived this week, and I am so thankful!! :)

Rue said...

I am really really REALLY mean and embarrassing too! I have to know where she's going and what she's doing at all times and I like to meet her friends... oh the horror! LOL Just wait until she starts dating and the boyfriend meets Rich ... hehehehehe

I'm on a blogging break, but I wanted to see what you'd been up to. Love those random thoughts of yours ;)

xo,
rue

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