Mom Fails: Why They May Not be as Bad as You Think

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mom fails. Why they might not be such a bad thingYou realize your child’s lunch is sitting on the counter at home. You are dropping your child off at school.

You totally forgot about the birthday party that was yesterday.

It’s the night before the school Valentine’s Day party and you still haven’t picked up the cards. And you forgot about the box.

You forgot it’s pajama day at school.

Your child has to dig through the dirty laundry for the uniform he needs to wear right now.

It’s picture day and you forgot to check your child’s hair and outfit. Both the outfit and the hair are the worst they have been…ever.

You lose your cool after telling your children to stop arguing for the hundredth time.

You waited too long to buy that much-wanted present, and they are sold out.

You left your child at church. (This actually happened to a friend of mine when she was a child!)

We all fail.

Some of us more than others. I admit it, I am a pretty frequent mom-failer.

Here’s the thing, though: I have discovered mom fails are not as bad as you might think.

When you fail, you show your kids that you aren’t perfect. This will in turn make them realize it’s okay not to be perfect.

This is a really, really important lesson.

Show your children how to handle these failures.

Apologize. The right way. Mean it, and try to make things right. Your modeling this will go a long way. Whether or not they realize it, they will remember the way you handled (or didn’t handle) your mom fail.

Use those mom fails as as teaching moments. They WILL happen, so don’t let the opportunity to show your kids how to cope with the failures pass you by. Your kids will learn so much about how to handle their own failures by the way you handle yours.

What is your biggest mom fail?

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Jennifer is a single mom of two boys. She does her best to get to places on time, despite being a chronically late person and the fact that neither she or her boys are morning people. She recently went back into the classroom after staying home for nine years to raise her kids, and she credits her sanity and success at this endeavor to the fact that she has incredibly supportive parents, family, and friends. She also has a network of single moms that truly “get it” and who encourage her on a daily basis. When she’s not hanging out with her kiddos, Jennifer enjoys writing at a coffee shop, trying new restaurants, or catching up with friends.

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