By Charlotte Hilton Andersen, REDBOOK
"Mommy, stop doing your work," my 5-year-old tugged at my pants the other day while I was standing at my computer. "We have enough food and I don't need any more toys. I just need YOU!*" That combined with his big puppy eyes made me go awww! immediately followed by ahhhh... and finished up with ack! as the mommy guilt set in. It doesn't matter whether you work or stay at home or work and stay at home like I do (worst of both worlds, yay!), mommy guilt is easy to come by. And our kids know us so well that they're often able to find just the right phrase to send us into a shame spiral. Here are my kids' classics:
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1. "It's okay, I like wearing dirty clothes better."
2. "I get to help stack the chairs every day since I'm always the last one picked up!"
3. "You can eat my Halloween candy without asking. Again."
4. "Did you have another baby because I'm not cute