Friday, March 11, 2011

Cut me some slack.. i have young children.

I remember being a teenager and thinking that moms in their 30's were, well, out of touch. Out of touch with reality, culture and anyone not inside their head. I remember thinking how you must not have much on the inside of your head as a mom.

Turns out, I was right!

As a mom in my thirties, I can say with complete confidence that my middle name is "Scatterbrain."

I long felt that moms needed to get a life, but it turns out: ya can't! Not happenin'. And not for some time.

Most people have compassion for "young" moms. I think that is the classification if you are in your 20's and have small children. I mean, c'mon, 20's are like babe years. But what about having some compassion for the mom in her thirties, that has "young" children? Don't count us out, please. I often feel like I need to wear a shirt, sticker, or neon sign that says, "BECAUSE I HAVE YOUNG CHILDREN ____________" (fill in the blank or vice versa). Here let me help you:

*I can't pee in a bathroom by myself because I have young children.
*I put the phone in the refrigerator because I have young children.
*I get water dumped in my lap at a movie theater because I have young children.
*I forget to take my insulin for days because I have young children.
*I pull out of my driveway while talking on my home phone because I have young children.
*I can't stick to my exercise plan because I have young children.
*By the end of any given day I do not want ANYONE to touch me because I have young children.
*I wipe poop off of humans because I have young children.
*I cry over spilt milk because I have young children.
*I wish to take a nap everyday because I have young children.
*I don't care that the baby is eating eggs off the floor from breakfast, because I have young children.
*I don't care what tweeny bopper is dating which tweeny bopper because I have young children.
*I don't care about the label on my clothes or my children's clothes' because I have young children.
*I forget to call you back, send that email or know you exist because I have young children.
*I want a vacation because I have young children.
*I totally flub adult conversations because I have young children.

So, while not an exhaustive list, this is a starter. So please, cut us some slack. We ARE smarter than we appear. We will not always be in this phase. But know.. we are awesome. We just... have young children.

Feel free to add your own in my comments. :-)





6 comments:

care-in said...

This made me really LOL! What a great list.

Natalie said...

I LOL at the home phone in the car thing. DONE that! The thing is, my husband was with me and gave me no notice that my phone convo was about to end. Talk about feeling silly.

Rachael said...

LOVE it!!! And of COURSE, I can identify with almost every.single.thing on the list! HA!

Greta said...

So true. (though I'm not in my thirties yet ;) ).
I use to think women that are around the age I am were so un-cool. They just seemed awkward, like they were trying to be "cool" but just couldn't quite get there.

Whew. That's embarrassing.

Now I know that fitting "cool" clothes, according to teenagers, on a body that has carried a child or multiple children is just cruel...cruel to the one trying to wear the clothes and the ones who see her. Also, who has time to keep up with what's "cool" when there are lives to be maintained.

darcy said...

Or how 'bout accidently cutting another adult's meat because you were with your young children and on a roll cutting all theirs!! What's one more? OOOPs, I guess you can cut your own.

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