Ok internet super parents, we need to talk. I’ve been thinking it over and I just don’t think I can promise to stop yelling at my children. I mean I don’t yell a lot, I really don’t but I just don’t need the extra guilt when tension gets high and I end up raising my voice.
I think the ‘good parent’ bar is starting to getting a little too high.
In the hopes that I would be a super dad I have been trying to eliminate refined sugar, and processed foods where I can. We try to make as many of our meals from scratch as possible. Staying away from anything that comes in a box. When we are in a rush and I have to break down and pick up fast food, or make pizza I always feel like I am feeding my children poison. And now that it is BBQ season and we have been eating hot dogs more often I feel even worse.
Likewise we are trying to eliminate screen time where we can. ‘No TV is good TV seems’ to be the super parent slogan. To be totally honest it is really hard making all those meals from scratch with toddlers running around, and sometimes I flick on Netflix. I know shouldn’t let them watch Diego, or My Little Pony’s because every minute they watch tv they are slowly turning into maladjusted sociopaths.
Also I try not to be one of ‘those parents‘ that just ‘take‘ their children to park to play and not play with them. I try to avoid doing something horrible like talk to another adult, read a book, or worst of all use my cell phone. But sometimes after I post a picture to Facebook of my children doing something adorable on the slide I admit I sneak a peek at my newsfeed. Thankfully there is usually someone there to glare at me to remind me that I am missing the most precious moments of the most precious years of their lives.
I love my children. I love taking a very active role in their daily lives. I just don’t think I can handle any more guilt about not being a perfect parent. So I am going to reserve the right to, from time to time, raise my voice. Unless of course you’d be willing to let me have some TV time back. Especially around supper.
A Little More On The Subject
Here is a great blog post that is worried that yelling might become the new spanking. Also I took my picture from that blog.