It probably wasn’t my best parenting day ever

not my best parenting day everYesterday was probably not my best parenting day ever.  It would rank pretty close to the bottom of the list from the past three months.  I blew it.  But I could have blown it so much worse than I actually did!

Watty was being mouthy and smart mouthed.  He’s eight, but sometimes his attitude reminds me of a 15 year old.  It was one of those days where nothing I did was going to satisfy the boy, and he was determined to let me know about it.

He’d already lost television privileges and incurred some other consequences.  He’d already told me not to talk to him again.  He’d already informed me that I was the cause of his problems and that I had ruined his life.


The point is that I was a wee bit stressed and was definitely not a happy mom.

The boys and I were cleaning out my car and that’s always such a joyful task.  My kids get grossed out and make barfing noises when I ask them to pick up the garbage they’ve been leaving in the backseat.  When I ask them to pick up trash, they start picking up stuff the side of mustard seeds and asking me if it’s trash or not.

It was not a fun time.

I was particularly annoyed to discover the dozen or so bottles of water that had been opened and discarded (with only one or two sips taken out of them).  When I held up a water bottle to discuss it with the boys, I noticed a big floating blob of black mold stuff.  It was about the size of a lemon.

My kids asked me what would happen if they drank they black moldy water.

It would kill you.

Yep, I told them it would kill them.  That black mold had me as grossed out as rancid raw chicken juice.  (That is a level four hazmat emergency in my house).  It was gross.  I wasn’t really thinking.

Watty had this panicked look on his face as he handed me an old fast food cup.

Is it moldy?

When he asked me if the cup was moldy, I wasn’t paying attention.  I was definitely not earning a “best parent of the year” award.  I tossed the cup in the garbage bag and kept going.

No mommy, I really need to know!  Did it have mold in it?

The panicked voice reached my brain.

Watty, did you DRINK THIS?!?!

Just a sip.  By accident.

I looked in the cup.  It had a giant hunk of black fuzz floating in the cup.  I just about gagged at the thought of it, and my son could read my face.


So my son is now in full blown panic mode because he thinks he’s going to die… because I told him he would.  I have no where to go on this one.  He already thinks I’m stupid and a horrible mom, and I can’t afford to lose a single shred of my remaining mom-cred.

I took a deep breath and lied.

I told him that we needed to go by the pharmacy and get some special medicine.  I also told him that he would need to spend the rest of the day reading quietly and go to bed early.castor oil - not my best parenting day ever

We went to the pharmacy, and that’s when I saw it.

I was sooooo tempted to give him castor oil!  I admit it.  For a brief moment, I thought about how sick the castor oil would make him feel and how it would definitely teach him something.  For a short second of time, I was a baaaaaaaaaad mommy, at least in my head. It wasn’t my best parenting day ever, but it could have been so much worse!

Then I took a deep breath and made better choices.

I chose an off-brand tummy soother medicine for children.

When we got home, it took Watty about an hour to be convinced he wasn’t going to die.

He’s fine.  He had absolutely no signs of illness from drinking the black blob stuff.

I’m a little unhappy with myself.  I said something without thinking it through, and it caused some drama.  Then, to avoid further drama, I gave my son a placebo.  I kind of feel like I stink as a mom.  Then again, it could have been so much worse.

Care to share?  Would anyone else have been tempted by the castor oil?




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Susan Baker
I have a passion for encouraging weary worn out mothers to find joy in everyday motherhood and peace in unlikely places. I have two elementary school boys, one nerdy husband, and two cats. I have a strange fascination for bad puns, the color pink, socks, and books. I worry about running out of toilet paper, wine, and chocolate.. I serve an amazing God. I live an ordinary life filled with wonder.
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  1. We’ve all had our bad parenting moments. I usually wait until the next day to talk about the “moment” and note that we all have our bad days – both mom and son – and it’s usually the worst when those days coincide!

  2. comeoverforcoffee says:

    I SOOOO feel your pain!!! I’ve been there! I’ve made them cry or caused them fear simply because they were on my last nerve. You are not alone! I’ve sent them out of the room because I couldn’t listen to one more minute. I hear you! The good news is that they have short memories, and God can fix whatever mistakes I make. Thank you for being real!

    • thanks. my kids understand fully when I tell them mommy is going into time out. i normally go sit on the front porch these days when i need a moment. when they were little, i’d go hide in the bathroom… i kept a devotional book and a bible in every bathroom for just such emergencies.

      as of this morning, he was totally fine. the boys both seem a little more aware of not leaving trash or drink containers laying around… but i’ll take that!

  3. This is one of those stories that will be really funny to tell with some creative editing at their engagement party. A toast to surviving all of the moldy-fast-food-cups that may come our way!

  4. I love this!! Sometimes I catch myself saying things to my kids that I know are just terrible but I can’t help it! I’m super glad I found you, because I’m hosting a blog hop today called the Mommy-Brain Mixer, and I’d LOVE for you to come link up this post! It would be so fun to have you!

  5. I’ve DEFINITELY had bad mommy moments like that, we all do! Everyone expects moms to be some sort of super heroes and sometimes even we forget that we are mere mortals and make mistakes sometimes! Stopping by from the Mommy Brain hop! Am now a new follower:) Would love if you could check out my blog:

    • Glad you stopped by. Loved your post on sister wives. I’ve often wondered if it was all about the free maid service myself. 🙂

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