No wonder I need to cover my children with prayer

Musings of a Housewife recently wrote about Guilty Secrets – particularly regarding parenting. She revisited a post from last year and updated it after reading Suburban Turmoil’s same idea.

I laughed reading through a lot of them because I didn’t even know I was supposed to feel guilty about them! (seriously, is chocolate milk really a sin!)

And I always thought I deserved parent of the year…


So here is my list of 13 Parenting Guilty Secrets (and I know that in spite of myself, they will still turn out just fine — and most importantly… they know that they are loved)

~ I let my children watch tv. And usually too much tv (though I am absolutely a stickler about what they can and cannot watch)

~ Each child was introduced to soda at a younger age. I fought my husband off with Abigael, and managed to keep it from her until she was almost 3. But with each one, the fight got harder and less worth it. (Come on! It’s not like that’s all they drink!)

~ They eat a lot of non-organic, processed foods (though they do eat a really good variety of foods; lots of fresh veggies and fruit)

~ I don’t bathe them every day and sometimes not even every other day. (But that is my limit)

~ Occasionally, I let my children eat lunch while watching tv

~ My kids don’t do to Gymboree, Kindermusik etc.

~ My older 2 kids love to have a cup of coffee with their dad (though in reality, they finish after one… maybe two sips)

~ All of our children slept with us for at least their first year

~ Sometimes (okay, often) I have to tune my oldest son out because he is such a non-stop talker

~ My kids haven’t been to the dentist yet

~ Seamus and Quinn are behind in their vaccinations.

~ Most some days I forget to make sure they brushed their teeth

~ There are days when getting dressed out of pjs is optional

What are your guilty PARENTING secrets?


  1. Amazing Gracie says

    Being on the other side of raising kids (Whew!) I realize that there are so many things to worry about, don’t let the “guilt police” shame you into worrying about the stuff that doesn’t really matter. Loving them, teaching them things about God and worship, guiding their footsteps in every way is so much more important than chocolate milk! If they’re properly brought up, you won’t have to worry so much when time comes to set them free!

  2. Wow..tat’s quite a for me..I feel guilty tat I’ve not been praying with my girl tat often..although she’s 5 mths..I believe tat I should start “cultivating” tat in her..

  3. I,too, sometimes tune out my son and middle daughter. Not because I don’t want to know what’s going on with them, but because they insist on sharing EVERY detail. I hope when they hit their teen years they still WANT to share.

  4. I probably have too many to count, but rest assured, chocolate milk is on the list.

  5. I agree with big mama! My list is much longer than 13! lol One of my biggest flaws would be letting the kids eat breakfast infront of the TV before school. (yikes)

  6. Well we share quite a few of those secrets!! You made me feel better today. I am not alone in the “secret” department.

  7. LuvSchweetheart says

    You and I share about 98% of those secrets. :) I think I have great kids and I bet yours are too!
    Happy T13!

  8. I think every mom has done at least all of them once or twice…..

  9. I drink coffee, Coke and don’t take a bath everyday, too.

    Oops … wait. I thought you were talking about my secrets as a person.



  10. I just stumbled on your blog and this post made me laugh. Although my girl is only 4.5 months old, my guilty secret is that sometimes I put her down for her nap a bit early so that she can play by herself in her crib and I can watch Dr. Phil or read or just veg. I also don’t always bath her each night… And I’m sure the list will only grow as she gets older!

  11. My kids don’t do to Gymboree, Kindermusik etc either. And shouldn’t getting dressed always be optional? ;-)

  12. thank goodness, cuz you looked perfect! i may get brave and do this, but for now it just goes on my blog to-do list!

    chocolate milk and optional bathing night rocks!

  13. We all have some of these! Mine is watching Tv and eating breakfast right now.

  14. I LOVE IT THAT YOUR KIDS SLEPT WITH YOU FOR THE FIRST YEAR!! i try and try to get shiloh to sleep with us. :) but she just looks at me and say, “no mama – night night.”

    !! in other words — she wants to go to her own bed.

  15. The Flip Flop Mamma! says

    Oh what a fun meme!!! I might do this one sometime!! Oh, and SlowMo just went to the dentist last year, when she was 10 for the first time!!!!!

  16. Barb @ A Chelsea Morning says

    I’m not revealing my guilty secrets because my children survived and are grown. LOL But I will say this. You’re about as normal a mom as you can be.

    There’s not one thing on your list that all of us haven’t been “guilty” of and amazingly, we raise people! Honest to goodness big people! :-)

  17. I loved this post! Vulnerability draws us together, apparently. I am SO with you, sister. I could even one-up you, unfortunately.

  18. Wow. I am hanging my head in shame right beside you for many, many, many of what are on your list. I would also like to add that I often let my picky picky girl eat only noodles for dinner cause I just don’t have any fight left in me. Oh, not whole wheat organic noodles… I’m talking processed bleached white flour noodles with the nutritional value of notebook paper.

    brilliant post & enjoyable in every way!

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