It seems to be a universal understanding that parents sometimes feel overly tired, hungry, stressed, and short on time (to name a few)…so apologies come out very easily. I find myself saying sorry every day to myself, to my husband, to my baby, or even random strangers. It is time for me to be realistic with myself and face the fact that I don’t need to be so apologetic. The word “sorry” should even be removed from my daily vocabulary!
Here are 7 things parents shouldn’t feel the need to apologize for:
1) sorry I am still in my pajamas…sometimes taking care of kids begins as soon as you roll out of bed, and finding the time to get dressed doesn’t always happen (especially if you don’t have anywhere to go.) It’s ok! If someone knocked on my front door right now, I’d hope they would understand why I’m still in my robe because I have a crying/teething baby on my hip today.
2) sorry I need more caffeine…do I need to explain why this shouldn’t be an apology?
3) sorry I am starving…some days you may not think about eating until you have that hangry feeling. Just eat a little more at your next meal, don’t apologize for it. I know my daughter’s eating schedule takes priority over my own, grabbing something for myself to eat doesn’t always happen when it should.
4) sorry my baby’s crying…babies cry. This is something that should not be your apology, most people will understand.
5) sorry I am so tired…every day. It takes a lot of time and energy to raise kids, so I think it goes unsaid that most of the time you are a tired parent who needs sleep. No apology needed.
6) sorry I am behind schedule…it seems to happen more than you’d like, but sometimes it is out of your control and finding the flexibility is important. Use your time and energy to work on the schedule for tomorrow instead of apologizing for today.
7) sorry I need time for myself…every parent should have time to themselves. Just because you need some alone time does not mean you don’t want to be a part of the family anymore. I know I need to work on telling my husband that I need some alone time instead of apologizing to him about it.
If someone were apologizing to me for these same things, I would say that I understand, there is no apology needed! No apology needed…
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