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Parenting Fail: Eating My Words

Willow at the ParkThis morning was not an example of my finest parenting skills.

Friday is our library day, and normally that just means grabbing the stack of books from their place on the hall table. But this morning Willow’s books were missing.  So that started a search for the missing books, and of course I had to throw in a couple of doses of “Willow, you KNOW books stay on the shelf.” and “This is WHY we keep all the books in one spot!”   and perhaps there was a frustrated rant or two about responsibility.  The poor kids looked everywhere a book could hide.  All morning.

No books were found.

I brought James to work, and when I got back to the house, they still had not found the books.  I told them we weren’t going o go to the library if we couldn’t find them.  I stomped around a bit.  Then I remembered.  The last time we went to the library…  Willow wasn’t with us.

Talk about an embarrassing moment.  I had to tell the kids that *I* had made a mistake, and Willow didn’t have any books because she hadn’t taken any out.  She had been at a sleepover at my friend April’s house.  I apologized to the kids, and to Willow.

But wow do I feel silly!


23 Responses to Parenting Fail: Eating My Words

  1. You will remember this, and be more traumatized by this incident than Willow. You know what this means??? It means you are human. You are a good mom, and your kids are lucky to have you!!! You admitted you were wrong, which is a wonderful teaching/learning experience. Hang in there, Mama!! (and if none of this works, blame Pregnancy Brain, and go have a cookie!!!)

  2. One day I noticed that my brand new tea pot was missing out of the kitchen, so I asked Iain if he’d been playing with it and had moved it. He said that he did, so we immediately started looking for it. Everywhere. For hours. I eventually became so frustrated that I started threatening punishment if he didn’t produce the teapot immediately. Which, of course never happened. Why? Because Iain never had the teapot to begin with. Dan had taken it to work with him. Yeah, I felt like an idiot.

    So, you see, you are definitely NOT alone.

  3. I’ve been there, done that a few times. It’s hard to admit when you are wrong but it sets a good example for your kids. :)

  4. What makes me feel like this was a parenting success for you is that you apologized to your kids. There are parents still out there who, drunk on their own power as ‘the adult’, refuse to admit wrong.

  5. I think the important thing is that when you realized the mistake, you owned up to it with the whole group. That’s far more important than always being right, or worrying about your “authority” as a parent. You did GREAT!

  6. You know, I think one of the best things we can do is apologize to our kids when we make a mistake, it shows them that nobody is perfect and that even mom and dad can make mistakes and say sorry. I think this was a good lesson for them.

  7. I think that it is a great example to set for children that it is ok to be wrong, and that everyone makes mistakes, but that everyone (including adults) should admit to them and make amends or appologise. We plan to do this with our LO, because I am a very forgetful person…

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