I try to be a good mom. I try to feed my kids healthy food, keep
the house clean, and teach them things. I try to be consistent with
rules and (sort of) stick to a routine.
But some days when I'm tired from being up all night with the
baby or I'm feeling under the weather, I fantasize about the good
old days when I was a teenage babysitter. The days when I simply
showed up, fed the kids whatever they asked for, played games, and
didn't worry about tomorrow because that was someone else's
So on those too tired, under the weather days when I'm not
feeling up to being "Mom," the kids become the responsibility of
Mom is concerned about how much TV the kids watch. Teenage
Babysitter leaves the TV on all day and even lets the kids watch
Caillou. Well, sometimes. Even Teenage Babysitter has her
Mom worries about balanced meals with protein, fruits, and
vegetables. Teenage Babysitter is happy to make macaroni and cheese
or order a pizza even though there are chicken breasts and broccoli
in the fridge.
Mom feels like the kids should be dressed in real clothes in the
morning hours. Teenage Babysitter is fine with the kids wearing
pajamas all day since she's in yoga pants and a comfy
Mom has bills to pay, laundry to fold, dishes to wash, and blog
posts to write. Teenage Babysitter is just there to make sure the
kids stay alive and relatively healthy and happy; household chores
are someone else's problem.
Of course come morning, Teenage Babysitter is gone; and Mom
wakes up to dirty dishes overflowing in the sink, laundry waiting
to be folded, bills needing to be paid, and blog posts that won't
write themselves. The kids want to know why they can't watch TV all
day long or have snacks right before a meal because after all, they
were able to yesterday.
But ultimately the damage is minimal. The household chores get
done eventually and the temper tantrums end. And Teenage Babysitter
is forgotten until she's needed again.
Sara Parisi is an on-the-go mom of three energetic boys.
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