by Tabitha Caplinger
Hi! My name is Tabitha, and I am not a Pinterest-perfect mother. I am, in fact, a lazy mom. Feel free to judge me if you wish. My best friend is also a lazy mom. Her name is Holly. You can judge her too.
We spent the other evening listing the things we have done as parents that most would consider lazy. I won’t tell you specifically which of us did what, but here is the list I have compiled to give you a glimpse of our lazy choices. (For reference sake our kids are all between the ages of 4 and 8.)
- Letting our kids drink our drink because we didn’t want to get up and get them their own. (You’ve done it and you know it.)
- Making a husband bathe the children in order to eat ice cream alone. (Tell me you understand.)
- Buying 3 pizzas from Little Caesar’s so we don’t have to cook all weekend. (You’ve got to admit that one is genius.)
- Eating cereal for dinner because we just can’t adult anymore that day. (Not healthy cereal either. I’m talking Fruit Loops and Captain Crunch.)
- On the topic of food … popsicles for breakfast because it gets us to the coffee faster. (To be fair, these were real fruit/veggie pops with no added sugar.)
- Two Words. Youtube Kids. (That and chocolate milk, and we just bought ourselves an extra hour of sleep.)
- Telling our kids that playgrounds at fast-food restaurants are closed for cleaning so we don’t have to go in to play. (Lying is bad, we know that, but we also tell our kids there’s a tooth fairy and Santa so the line here is already a wobbly one.)
- Pretending we couldn’t smell the poopie diaper and then passing the kid to our husbands because whoever discovers it has to change it. (We know you’ve done this one too.)
- Setting up the pantry so the kids can get snacks by themselves. (This one isn’t so much lazy as strategic.)
- Making our kids think we’re horrible at reading instructions so we don’t have to help put Legos together. (I mean, there’s like a million pieces, We just … we can’t.)
Are you judging us yet? Please don’t misunderstand, I love my kids. Holly loves hers. Truly, we do. But we also love our sanity.
Want another confession? I don’t even feel guilty about it. (Holly doesn’t either.) I used to. I used to have horrible mom guilt. Especially after seeing someone post the craft they did with their kids, or their fabulous day spent at the park or museum. I felt so bad that I wasn’t the type of mom who would jump at the chance to plan the classroom party or go on every field trip. I used to feel like maybe my kids were missing out on something, that their childhood wouldn’t be magical enough.
But you know what? My kids are awesome. They are independent. They can make their own lunch, put away their own laundry, make the beds, and help each other. They are musical and artistic and smart and kind and brave, and their childhood is magical. They have light saber fights in the living room. We dance while cooking dinner. They spent the weekend camping in a tent in the living room.
So, yes, my name is Tabitha and I am a lazy mom, and I am totally okay with that.
Tabitha Caplinger is a wife, mom, youth pastor and professed tv addict. It’s seriously a problem but she doesn’t plan on getting help anytime soon. Mostly because she loves the stories. She can’t help but get lost in the worlds created and invested in the lives of the characters. She brings that same passion for the story to her own writing. The first book in her YA trilogy, The Chronicle of the Three: Bloodline, is currently available with the second book releasing in early 2017. Aside from writing and watching tv, Tabitha can be found singing off key and dancing in the kitchen or car with her two adorably sassy daughters and awesome husband who she thinks is kind of cute.
You can find more information about Tabitha and her books at tabithacaplinger.com
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