Some women say they are mean moms if they haven’t baked cookies for their kids, or didn’t fold their clothes. I know some moms who make their kids’ sandwiches and then cut off the crusts, and THEN use heart shaped cookie cutouts….really??????
Some moms bake for their kids….some moms put little love notes in their kids lunches that THE MOMS pack. Some moms wake their kids up with hugs and kisses, and cuddles.
I am NOT one of those moms.
I am the mom who sleeps in after the kids are already up. (They get up at 7:00 and leave at 7:45.) I get up at 7:30, so I do get up before they leave for school. That way I can give them a hug and tell them to have a great day. But if they oversleep I throw open their doors, and say, “I am NOT driving you to school….get your butt out of bed and get ready” However, I am not a complete ogre. If they are really running late, I will help them out by packing their lunch…..minus the love notes and WITH the crust on the bread…….
My point is, I am a mean mom.
I spanked my kids when they were little. Although I have to admit spankings never worked with The Genius. He would just look at me after a spanking with a “Is that all you got?” look. For him it was time outs and taking away toys., That was much more effective for him.
I made them eat vegetables. I would say to them, “Eat your green beans, or you will go to bed.” And then I would put them to bed if they didn’t eat the green beans.
Both the boys (18 and 16) have cell phones, however, they pay their own bills every month. If they cannot pay their bills, I get their phone. It comes to me. In my house if you can’t pay for your cell phone bill yourself, you don’t get a cell phone.
My kids don’t have tvs in their rooms. They share a computer that is in the family room. I block access to certain websites, and I monitor what they do on the computer. I also read their texts and I know their Facebook passwords and check their messages. Basically my kids have limited privacy.
The oldest one has a job and when he got his job I stopped paying him allowance. But that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have to do chores. He still has to do chores around the house. He is part of this family and therefore helps create the mess and so therefore he gets to help clean it up. Sans cash. I figure if he eats my groceries, uses my electricity and hot water, he can empty the dishwasher and take out the trash……The 16 year old doesn’t have a job…….yet. So he gets paid his “age” each week for completed chores. So since he is 16 he makes $16.00. If he does not complete his chores for the day I do not pay him for that day.
I believe in tough love. I believe it is my job to turn these young, beautiful creatures who lack much in skills, common sense and responsibility into mature, respectful, responsible, capable human beings before I turn them loose on the world. And I take my job very seriously.
In short, I am a meanie. So if you are a mean (which really means a caring, tough loving, turning them into responsible adults) parent, then unite with me!!! We shall be honest about who we are and stand up for what we believe in!!!!!! “Mean” is good!!