I am not a fan of “mommy groups”. I am always awkward, I hate useless small talk and in an attempt to cover up these two facts, I usually make a slightly off color inappropriate joke that makes everyone feel a little uncomfortable. To make matter worse, since my daughter and I rarely attend
mother daughter torture groups play dates, she is inevitably the worst child there. Screaming, pushing, whining, booger wiping, you name it.
Recently, I had a lapse in judgement and decided to give play groups another shot. The play time portion actually went better than expected. Just as I began to give myself a theoretical pat on the back for being a fabulous mother who is friendly, engaged and attentive to my daughter’s needs, I experienced a Mediocre Mama Moment.
After the play portion of our day was over all of the moms congregated around the aging orange tables and began to unpack their snacks. Since I had no idea that this play group was going to involve a snack session I had nothing prepared. I frantically dug through my purse praying that I would have something edible other than breath mints to offer my daughter. Lucky for me I found a slightly smushed granola bar that I threw in my purse a few days before. As I victoriously yanked the granola bar from my bag, my elbow hit the uncovered cup of the kid who was sitting next to me. Was the kid drinking water? No, of course not, he was drinking bright red Hi C Fruit Punch. As I watched the red liquid travel over the table and drip into diaper bags and all over one (soon to be angry)mom’s expensive looking white cardigan I silently cursed my clumsiness and the mom who let her kid drink a cup of fruit punch with no lid. In that split second I knew I had to think fast to remedy the situation, before I knew it I exclaimed “ELLA!! Why did you push that cup over???!?!? We do NOT tip cups over”. Yep, I blamed it on my poor, confused two year old daughter. Using your toddler as a scape goat definitely gets filed under Mediocre Mama Moment.
Have YOU ever blamed your child for something you did? Tell me about it!!