Secrets Schmecrets! What Every Mother Knows & Discusses
In the latest instance of the media taking something ordinary and trying to make it salacious, Today.com and Parenting.com published the results of their survey of more than 26,000 moms who supposedly “revealed their secrets and confessions” about parenting. Among the “clandestine” findings:
• Mom wants to be left alone. This is a secret?! I scream this several times a day, but they’re calling it a secret! Most mothers I know tell their children, “I love you, but I need some time to myself” over and over in the course of a day, to no avail.
• Half of the respondents have sent a sick kid to daycare or school. Walk into any classroom or daycare in from October on and you’ll know this is no secret. Viruses spread through schools like wildfire. Then there’s the concept of what defines “sickness.” I’ve known school nurses who send a kid home with the first sniffle or if the kid says they feel dizzy (ignoring the fact that they just came in from recess where they were hanging upside down for five minutes).
• Nearly one in three uses work as an excuse to avoid taking care of the kids. No fooling. As undervalued as stay-at-home mothers are (and we ARE), most parents understand that taking care of children is one of the most stressful jobs on the planet. I’ve heard plenty of working parents admit to sending their children to away over the summer because they don’t want to take time off to be with the kids – even for two weeks.
• More mothers would rather have a night of uninterrupted sleep than mind-blowing sex. I know several ladies who haven’t slept well since they were pregnant. They’d rather have a full night of uninterrupted sleep than win the lottery.Continued on the next page