I’m That Mom. It’s OK If You Hate Me.

I’m “that” mom.  It’s ok if you hate me.  Yes, my 8 year old has a cell phone.  Yes, I let my kids have soda and Starbucks and a myriad of other “no-no”s.  No, I don’t do much to limit screen time.  If they ask to play Minecraft on XBox (or Kindle, or iPad, or PC – yes, we have 4 versions of Minecraft), I’m probably going to say yes.

Little Girl Purple HairYes, I let my son spike his hair, or wear a mohawk or pretty much whatever else he wants to do with it.  Yes, I not only agreed to let my eight year old dye her hair purple, I did it for her.  And yes, it is permanent.  We actually bleached her hair first so the color would pop more.  Now my son wants some color in his hair too.  We’ll probably do it.

I’m the parent who’s child goes to school and talks about all the cool things their mom lets them do, and then your kids come home and beg to do those things too.

I’m sorry for that, and it’s ok if you hate me, but know this – my kids hear “no” plenty too.  It’s just that my “no”s and your “no”s aren’t the same.  There are just as many things that my kids come home begging for, things that just aren’t going to happen.

They will only be kids once, and if I can say yes, I probably will.  And don’t worry, I’m having the purple cut out of my daughter’s hair before she heads back to school.  I wouldn’t want an entire school of little girls begging for purple hair.

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17 Responses to I’m That Mom. It’s OK If You Hate Me.

  1. Last Mom says:

    I’m that mom, too. High five. I hate that people think saying yes a lot means my daughter never hears no. Not true. She will be going to school with the funky hair color.

  2. Michelle says:

    I’m fairly certain people shouldn’t judge you based on such superficial parenting choices. You are a mom who loves her children and wants to make them happy. 🙂 I think that’s all that matters…and if people choose to judge based on the things listed above, it’d be more a reflection on their character than your own. You sound like a pretty rad mom! 😉

  3. AnotherKindofMom says:

    So, just a thought here…if you were that confident in your parenting choices this post likely wouldn’t be needed. I find it funny how people are like this is me take or leave it. Ok, so just be that. Your kids likely won’t be stunted from too much screen time, but maybe they will be. They may not have any more cavities than the next child, but maybe they will. They might act spoiled or perhaps they won’t. Maybe they get to do more than the next kid, but by what’s being said in this article they don’t….so what was the point of this article again?? Your kids get to do some things that other kids don’t and other kids get to do things that your kids don’t get to do??? I don’t know, just seems like kind of a pointless article to me. IMO. On the other hand, the pink hair is cute…why cut it out?

  4. Jenn blue says:

    I am this mom too…..you only get to be a kid once so why not….but my children also know that when I can’t afford something or say no to something… they won’t argue with me…

  5. Doria says:

    I say to each his/her own–do what works for you guys! And that purple is poppin’ 😉

  6. Tessy says:

    No! Her hair looks amazing! Don’t cut it for school:) go you for being a fun mom! I think it makes the “no” more substantial when it comes. Yes -purple hair. No -drugs . Love it! My 4 yo has pink streaks…

  7. Parenting is a personal business. No one else has to walk in your shoes so they don’t get to choose how you raise your kids.

  8. YES! This sounds just like me. I am a pretty laid back mom, but there are some things that get nos. Love her hair by the way!

  9. Carly says:

    Um, I LOVE her hair!!!! Don’t cut it off!

  10. Lani says:

    parenting is between you and your family. No one else’s business.

  11. Jess Scull says:

    High five girl because I’m like that too! LOVE her hair!

  12. ashley says:

    Love this! We don’t have kids yet, but I hope that when we do, I can be like this. I want kids to try new things and experience life instead of always thinking that it’s boring or that they’ll hear no all the time. Life’s too short for always saying no!

  13. JF says:

    And if other moms choose not to be so “free” with the yeses, we can still be pretty cool, too. When I read these articles it sends mixed messages as of other moms need to back down on some of their Nos to be “cooler” or more appreciated by our kids. I hope the take away is that we each do what works for us and not one mom is better than another.

  14. Every mama has her own style of mothering. One style is not more “right” than other styles. We all have to do what what works for us and our kiddos, so keep on keeping on, mama. 🙂

  15. Stacy says:

    Love the hair it looks awesome! I let my daughter do the same! You only live once!

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