I make my kids eat their vegetables, but I also feed them McDonald's.
I make my kids do all "optional" assignments, but I also assign them plenty of breaks and fun.
I make a shiitake ton of rules that I regularly enforce, but I also know when to (and do) bend and break 'em.
I say no a whole heck of a lot, but I say yes when it counts.
I make my kids respect me, but I do it by way of respecting them.
Hear this, parents:
You can be a tough cookie and still fed them one once in a while.
You can run a tight ship and let the crazy crew take it on an adventure every now and again.
the kids -- it, you and them -- can all be a mess,
and you'll be still be doing fantastic.
You can be "THE WORST MOM IN THE WORLD” and really anything but.
And, well, I just thought that there might be a mama somewhere who needs to hear this today.