We moms are all supposed to be on the same team, right? But what about those times when you catch another mom giving you a sideways judgy glance – whether it’s because you just let your toddler eat a cracker off the floor or your preschooler is getting bullied by a bigger kid and you step in to reprimand the offender? In this series we’re talking about these sticky situations…the ones where you feel like you might be breaking some sort of unspoken rule – if only you knew what it was! Help us solve these tricky questions in the comments – sound off with your own opinions and let’s get some discussion going!
It’s lunchtime; I have a baby in a high chair and a toddler climbing out of his. The only way I can get him to eat is if he’s on the go. He never stays still. I’ve long ago thrown the idea of a quiet meal at the table out the window. As he escapes the highchair and begins to run around the house he picks up a carrot stick off of the ground and puts it in his mouth. I take notice of his dirty hands and feet, I completely forgot to wash him up after we played outside this morning. How did I get here?
I think back to the day he was born: I was given PLENTY of advice from the nurses about guests washing their hands before handling the baby and about washing the pacifier EVERY stinking time it fell on the ground. Now here I am nearly two years later and I don’t care. Actually, I don’t buy it really.
I am not afraid of germs at all. I embrace them. I think about the fact that I ran around barefoot as a child and drank from the hose and am still alive and well. My children are healthy. I treat them as such. I am fortunate to have children who don’t need to be kept in a bubble, and I generally think the more they are exposed to the better- for the sake of their immune system development.
I am THAT mom, the one you see who picks up the food her child just dropped on your floor and offers it to them to eat again. The one who just picked up a pacifier up out of the dirt and wiped it off on her jeans and popped it back in her daughter’s mouth. I am the one who has an almost 2 year old with dirty hands eating his lunch. And YES, the one who didn’t do a thing about the fact that my best friend’s daughter ate food that had been in my son’s mouth.
Is that totally weird? I mean YES, I DO get THOSE looks from other moms… the ones that scream at me- That is totally disgusting! How can you not disinfect everything that comes into contact with your child?!
Of course… I DO have my limits, I PROMISE that I would NEVER let my children put anything in their mouths that had been on the ground at Walmart, and I DO wash their hands if they touch anything in that store!
Overall I’m just not all that worried about it. Are you? Do you make your child wash their hands religiously? Do you believe in the 5 second rule? Are you a hand sanitizer junkie? I want to know WHY you do what you do… As for me, I’m off to go dig for worms with my curious little boy, and I’ll try to get the mud washed off his hands before dinner time.
Jess Fischer is a Phoenix native who is happily married to her very best friend Lukas. She has two beautiful babies (15 ½ months apart!!) her son Parker and her daughter Piper. She has a love for most things domestic- be it cooking, sewing, crafting, or gardening although she has never enjoyed cleaning (oh well!) She loves saving money and views it as a game that she is constantly trying to win. She enjoys spending time with her family above all else. She recently started her own business and loves keeping friends and family up to date with her life on her family blog.