Friday, June 11, 2010

OM [one moment] meet up - week #9 - parenting can suck

First, let me say that I'm really sorry this week's OM for me isn't of the positive sort.  I'm sure by the time I'm finished writing it, I'll find something to say that is remotely positive (because that is what I do to survive).  This week is more about being honest with my feelings and hoping to relate to others.

I've had a tough parenting week.  I won't bore you with the details, but I'll give you a rundown of the various separate incidents involved:

  • missing child (no worries, he was found)
  • deliberate deception
  • x-rays
  • overflowing toilet (of the worst kind)
Yes, all in one week! These were above and beyond our normal parent/child struggles this week.  I'm exhausted.  It is really hard being a parent sometimes.  I find myself shaking my head and asking both myself and my kids, "what were you thinking?"

These parenting issues have always been the same.  Kids find ways to get what they want.  It's a part of growing up.  Didn't we all think that the ends justifies the means?!   But the consequential end result is always the same:  frustration, anger, resentment, cold shoulder, slammed doors, pouting - from either parent or child).  [I didn't do the slamming door part.]

Parenting can really suck!  No matter how you slice it, we all go through this as both parents and kids.  I guess my "moment" this week was saying this out loud and then enforcing the rules and consequences I've now set up.  It's hard to punish your children.  It's hard to stay consistent with the punishment.  But it would be an even harder lesson learned if I didn't follow through with this.  I'm sticking to my guns.  Don't do the crime if you can't pay the time!  [channeling my inner Baretta and revealing my age here].

I need a drink.

So here is the positive spin...Yesterday, while wallowing in parenting self-pity, I read this blog post by Jessica Gottlieb -You stuck that where?  I follow Jessica on Twitter and often read her blog.  Her post made me laugh and relate.  It made me realize I'm not alone in this parenting vacuum.  We all have our moments!

What was your 'one moment' this week? What took you out of your present moment and made you wonder, scream, remember?

Share in the blog comments here, on your own blog (and link back below) or on my Facebook fan page. If you are on Twitter, I've started a hash tag - #OMmeetup so that we can converse if we'd like. We'd love to hear your moment this week!

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