Mom Confessions: I Used My Kids as An Excuse, and I Don’t Feel Guilty

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Let's face it: there are many aspects of motherhood that are hard and exhausting. From sun up to sun down, these little beings with sticky hands, wild tempers, and wet kisses challenge us with their demands. On days when you just want to give in and take a nap, it is OK to let the laundry go, leave the dishes in the sink, and take a few minutes for yourself. I fully believe that making time for yourself is a vital part of being able to stay present with your child, even when you feel tired of the daily grind.

Motherhood also gives us an excuse to get out of things that we just don't want to do. No, I'm not talking about going to the dentist (ugh!) or cleaning the minivan (even worse). I'm talking about the social obligations that you just don't have the energy for.

I asked my friends about some of their favorite motherhood excuses that did not make them feel guilty. Here is what they dished up.

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“Skip events we don't want to go to.” – Kit Jenkins, The Carry On Project

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“Get out of jury duty because I'm a single mom and needed to work.” -Sara LaFlamme

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“Take a mental health day/call out of work ‘cuz my kid is ‘sick.' ” -Shaun Coviello McGahey

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“Stay in and watch Netflix?” – Jennifer Taransky

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“Watch Disney movies! I won't lie, I used my 6-year-old as an excuse to go see Cinderella.” -Laura Nelson

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“Use the carpool lane!” – Mandy Chiappini, A Sorta Fairytale

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“Dress up for Halloween.” -Anne Paris, Midlife Boulevard

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“Order cheese pizza!” – Sarah Evans, Vol Family Life 

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Mom Confessions: I Used My Kids as An Excuse, and I Don’t Feel Guilty

Mindi is a working mom with three boys ages 4, 2, and an infant (born June 2013). She spent her first 8 years of her career in Speech-Language Pathology at a Children's Hospital. She currently works with adults and children in home health. The real fun for her happens when she is at home with her boys, chasing them around and pretending to be a super hero. She blogs about life as a working mom at Simply Stavish. Her weekly feature, Words in the Sand, teaches parents how to grow their child's s ... More

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