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There are some weeks that feel like a real parenting fail. You mess up one thing and it becomes a chain reaction of mishaps.

Like the day I forgot to show up for 5 year old Chase’s teacher conference, yet I somehow remembered to take a nap.

But no worries because Chase got me back when he borrowed my phone to play games over the weekend. After he was done, I put my phone away. A few hours later, I took it out again and noticed all these random photos posted to my Facebook account.

How did this happen?

But it didn’t take a super sleuth because I also saw this posted…

facebook post

And the same day I missed Chase’s teacher conference, I was hurrying with dinner so I could pick up two of my daughters from gymnastics. As I was rushing, I accidentally dropped a glass measuring cup on the counter which shattered into my turkey tacos.

Since I’d rather not give my kids shards of glass for dinner, I had to toss the whole thing.  I resorted to giving my children taco shells with melted cheese. Which is kind of like a quesadilla. I think.

I also had to go to the grocery store three times that day partly because I miscounted the amount of candy I needed for treat bags for various children’s Halloween parties at school.

And the next morning, I brought my 2 1/2 year old to his swim lesson and forgot to bring a towel for him.

(Let me know when I’m starting to make you feel better about your own parenting?! Now? Great, I’ll stop.)

It all got me thinking about an incident that happened a couple weeks ago. I was leaving my children’s school when I decided to go around another car because the mom was sitting in her car texting.

I was going to beep but that somehow seemed impolite in a school setting. As I pulled around her, she suddenly looked up and started to pull forward. She thankfully did not hit my car. I mouthed the words, “You were texting” and she gave me the middle finger.

The middle finger. At another parent. At 8:05 AM. Wow. Ballsy.

I think I mouthed something back like, “Are you serious?!”

But now I’ve had some time to think about this, I’m going to assume that she was having a crap week. A really bad missing your kid’s conference/ruin dinner/go to the grocery store way too many times/ forget everything –  kind of week.

Because sometimes life is just like that.

12 Responses to parenting fails

  • Maryann Treppiedi Jacobs says:

    I think you’re allowed to flub a few things; I only have two kids and I’m horrified when I forget stuff! ? But as long as no one is bleeding, broken or on fire, no worries…

  • Judy P says:

    I brought the wrong kid to a doctor’s appointment for annual shots once. And by kid I mean cat and by doctor I mean veterinarian, but it’s kind of the same and capped off one of those weeks. Luckily the “doctor” knows my “kids” better than I and pointed out I brought the wrong one. They even let me go home, swap kids and come back instead of rescheduling.

    And I’m thinking melted cheese filled taco shells sounds like the perfect snacky dinner! Or even breakfast at this point.

  • Debbie B. says:

    And this is exactly why I love reading your blog. You are honest and open and like the majority of us – not perfect. I love that you don’t try to portray yourself as that perfect little FaceBook/blog family that so many people claim to be. Life is not always rainbows and unicorns and I love that you are not afraid to admit that.You and your family are GREAT and so normal. Thanks for sharing. Also, cereal for dinner always works in a pinch. My four kids are all grown up and out of the house – been there, done that!

  • Collin C says:

    I really needed this today, thank you. My little 3 month old fell off my bed this morning onto the floor, because I woke up early enough to say, “Maybe today I’ll take the folded laundry out of the basket and put it away in the closet like a human being, instead of pawing through the basket all week like a raccoon.” and of course as soon as I turned to the closet, Thump! Cries. I emailed my work and went straight to the doctor. Who said he is fine. But I was sitting here feeling like a huge shit pile, then I read your post. Thanks, I needed that! Mistakes are just fine I guess.

  • Lisa says:

    I breastfed a preschooler, no idealistic theories, just too exhausted to deal with organized weaning. Then to save sitter expenses and “wear” baby to dentist and salon and to my doctor. I say “oh shucks my sitter cancelled.” And give lollipops, nursed on a plush chair on sale at Home Goods, no nursing facilities! I’m like “Mira Bitches, Leche!” So done feeling guilty about it too. ?

  • Alex says:

    Um, you have five kids, lady. If you haven’t burned down the house, you are having a very successful day. You’re doing an amazing job, Kelce!

  • That is so kind of you to forgive her. Is there anytime in life you flip people off other than a car? Louis CK has a very funny piece about road rage.

    I bet she was embarrassed once she remembered she was at school. I’ve been waiting for the day when I flip someone off who I end up knowing. Yes, I actually worry about that which means I have road rage…which is not good.

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