Thursday, February 2, 2012

Oh the Shame

Last night both the hubbs and I had to attend a meeting at church.  Luckily my parents are here visiting so they offered to put Claire to bed for us.As my parents are here they graciously offered to put Claire to bed ad watch her while we were at our meeting.  As I was describing how we put Claire to bed I had to reveal one of my secret parenting shames.

"First you put her in the bath.  After her bath, you put her in her jammies, brush teeth, read her a book, give her a pass, and put her in the crib.  You ask her to lie down and then you cover her with 3 blankets (which you count out to her as you're covering her) give her her glass of milk, give her a kiss and say goodnight."

I wish you could have seen the horrified look on my mom's face when she said, "I put her to bed with a glass of milk?"

Yes.  I know it's bad for her teeth, I know it's giving her a middle of the night snack dependence.  I know it's wrong.

But we do it.

And she sleeps for 12 hours a night.

You know what else we've started doing this week?  Calling soda juice. And in case you're wondering, she does drink it.  Peach Fresca to be precise. I think she pounded 24 oz. last night.

And, just in case one of the people who nominate for parent of the year award stumbles across this post here is a list of the other things we do that we probably shouldn't.

  • Juice.  She loves it.  She's an addict.
  • TV.  If I would let her, she would watch Kipper for 5 hours a day.  And not that she would run in and out of the room and be occupied doing other things.  She would sit on the couch, dead to the world and watch and watch and watch.
  • Fruit Snacks.  Claire doesn't eat much but the currency of our house is Fruit Snacks.  After we go somewhere she gets fruit snacks if she is nice about getting in the car.
  • Veggies.  Doesn't eat them.  At all.  Unless you count pickles--which she eats by the truckload.
  • Jammies.  Claire hates getting dressed and some days we just wear jammies all day long.


  1. I never thought I would be the mom whose kid is sitting in the back of the grocery cart eating goldfish that we haven't purchased yet. She also eats a pb & j for dinner at least twice a week and we often bribe her with m&ms.

  2. I love a good shame post, hee! You're exactly the kind of mom I wish I'd had, Sallee--and Claire's gonna think so, too. (By the time she's 32, most DEF.)

    1. Oh, you young mothers... these are minor me on this. Stop feeling guilty. You're much better mothers than I was....