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I'm both what's right and wrong with mothers "these days"

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I'm both what's right and wrong with mothers "these days."

I'm on my social media when I should be present with my kids.

I placate them with lollipops, french fries, and chocolate to get them to listen or be quiet.

I buy them too many toys and go on too few free adventures.

I do too much for them and then get on them for not doing things themselves.

I claim to give them undirected and unstructured playtime, but only when such fits in our regular rigid schedule, which is like never.

I tell them to speak calmly, yet I yell at them.

And I expect from them that which I am even incapable of giving as an adult -- consistent good behavior and active listening.

But, I also do some stuff right.

I encourage them.

I build them up.

I get them to laugh.

I hug and kiss them.

I praise them not just for a job well done, but for merely trying, at anything.

I try to instill values and model how to live them.

I tell them every day that they are important.

I'm never going to be one of those that gets everything right.

I'm sure of that.

But, I do believe that I'm getting some of it right and the sum of all the some, well, it adds up to a whole heck of a lot.

Don't believe me?

Just ask the kids.

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