Completely and utterly inspired by Scary Mommy’s “8 Things I Don’t Give A Sh*t About As A Parent”. I didn’t agree with everything on the list, but it did have me giggling and made me think “what do I not give a sh*t about as a parent”. Here’s a few things I definitely don’t give a sh*t about …
1. I don’t give a sh*t about feeding my kids healthy food all the time
Seriously, if it was that easy, I’d do it. My kids eat pretty damn well but I’m not ever going to deny them a treat. And by golly if a Kinder Surprise gets me through a shopping trip then I’m not only going to get it, I’m probably going to buy shares in the company too.
2. I don’t give a sh*t if their clothes have holes in them
A small hole in the knee of my kids’ clothes is not going to wreck the clothes, I can always patch it up if I need to. When I can see more skin than clothes, then it gets tossed.
3. I don’t give a sh*t if my house is a mess from 7am-7pm
As long as the house is clean when I go to bed and when I wake up, I don’t really care. The house rules are “clean up before you move onto the next activity”, and some days there are lots of things happening. And some days, I can’t be f’k cleaning up. Some days its quite liberating just leaving a mess – although you know it’s messy when the kids say “Whoa what happened to the house” …
4. I don’t give a sh*t about screen-time
We have a no tv rule during the week before school. But I understand after school the kids can get very very tired. Sometimes we all need to chill out – including myself! Some days I struggle to the point I want to leave the house – if putting a device in front of my child helps me to calm down for five minutes, then I’m going to do it.
5. I don’t give a sh*t about after-school activities
At this stage my kids are too young, but I can tell you without a doubt I will never pressure my kids to do activities outside of school UNLESS they specifically request it. There’s nothing worse in life than making someone do something they don’t want to do.
6. I don’t give a sh*t about having a clean car
Seriously, my life is spent organising little people in and out of the car. If I could, at the same time, keep it clean I would. Somehow that car always ends up in a mess and I always look at it and think “why” or “how” …. and then I remember that the main goal is to never be in the car for an extended period of time with the kids – so we just usually bolt and run inside to escape from the lava monster … oh wait that’s the kids. Anyway … the car is always the last on my list of things to keep clean.
7. I don’t give a sh*t about coffee groups
They were just never for me. It doesn’t make me a bad parent for not wanting to partake in them, I was just never interested. I also never took my kids to playcentre either… *gasp*
8. I don’t give a sh*t about my kids not making their own lunches
I actually secretly love making the kids’ lunches. If they willingly want to do it, then great. Otherwise I LOVE DOING IT.
9. I don’t give a sh*t if my kids don’t have a bath every day
My husband is definitely the better half in this situation as he does the baths / showers every night. However when he goes away, sometimes I really do struggle. Bath time can be difficult with fights, so some days I just don’t do it. Do I care? Nope.
10. I don’t give a sh*t what other parents do
As long as their kids are fed and happy, IDGAF what anyone else does.