Article: Spotlight: Words: Real Mothers

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By Nancy Polanski on June 12, 2017

Sometimes all we need is a smile.

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Imagenap
Jun 11, 2017 8:35 PM CST
Name: Nancy
Buffalo NY
“Real mothers don't just listen with humble embarrassment to the elderly lady who offers unsolicited advice in the checkout line when a child is throwing a tantrum. We take the child, dump him in the lady's cart, and say, 'Great. Maybe you can do a better job.'

Real mothers know that it's okay to eat cold pizza for breakfast.

Real mothers admit it is easier to fail at this job than to succeed.”
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Jun 12, 2017 12:26 AM CST
Name: Brenda Essig
Rio Dell, CA
I recently had two young mothers behind me in line at the grocery store. One had a little girl about 3 years old that was obviously very tired and cranky. The other had a little girl that was throwing a fit because she wanted a candy bar. The fit got the girl the candy bar. The tired and cranky girl got a hug from her mom and was promised a nice nap as soon as they got home. I didn't say anything to the candy bar...but I let tired and cranky move in front of me in line because she really wanted that nap, and I really understand that need.

As for cold pizza for breakfast. YES!

As for offering unsolicited parenting advice, I find that to be rude and just bite my tongue. But I have been known to compliment parents with children that are well behaved.
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Imagenap
Jun 12, 2017 7:15 AM CST
Name: Nancy
Buffalo NY
Good advice, to compliment moms whose kids are well-behaved. Praise has never offended anyone.

And there's no sense in pointing out bad behavior to moms whose kids exhibit it. Chances are those moms already know that and won't take kindly to having it pointed out to them. Besides, even good kids can have a bad day once in awhile. Good moms too.

Pizza makes a fine breakfast. Cold or warm. Smiling

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