Mom: ‘I quit competitive parenting’

DEMANDS ON YOURSELF BASED ON WHAT OTHERS MIGHT THINK UGH

I'VE HAD ENOUGH >> AND SHE'S JOINING US NOW WHAT MADE YOU SAY, I GIVE UP, I CAN'T KEEP UP ANYMORE? >> YOU KNOW, I DECIDED THE THINGS THAT WERE DISTRACTING ME FROM THE JOY THAT IS PARENTING AND BEING WITH MY CHILDREN WERE DISTRACTING FROM THAT AND I DIDN'T NEED TO SUBJECT MYSELF TO THIS PERFECT MOM MENTALITY AND THAT I SHOULD JUST ENJOY MY KIDS FOR WHO THEY ARE AND A RELATIONSHIP TOGETHER AND THE THINGS THAT WE DO TOGETHER AND THE STRENGTHS THAT I HAVE AS A PARENT >> WELL DONE

>> YAY WE LOVE THIS >> CHRISTI, JUST TO AMEN THAT, BUT SIGNING UP OUR KIDS FOR THE TENTH TEAM OR RECITAL, WE MISS EVERYTHING BECAUSE WE'RE TRYING TO KEEP UP WITH THE JONESES OF THE PARENTING WORLD >> AND WE FORGET WHAT IS AT THE SCORE OF ALL THIS AND IT'S OUR CHILDREN CHRISTINE, YOU HAVE TEN REASONS WHY YOU'RE QUITTING

FIRST OF ALL, DINNERS MAC AND CHEESE IS A FAVORITE AT MY HOUSE, HOW ABOUT YOURS? >> ACTUALLY, IT IS WE'RE ON A PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY KICK MY YOUNGEST, THAT'S WHAT HE WANTS AND SO, YOU KNOW, IF THAT'S WHAT WE HAVE A FEW NIGHTS A WEEK, EVEN MORE THAN A FEW, THEN WHAT'S WHAT WE DO IT'S NOT LIKE I'M NOT PUTTING IN FRUITS AND VEGETABLES AND THEY ARE NOT GETTING HEALTHY FOOD HERE AND THERE

BUT YOU START TO FEEL LIKE YOU SHOULD BE DOING THIS OR THAT AND STARTING TO FEED EVERY SINGLE MEAL AS SOME ORGANIC — >> YEAH, I KNOW >> AND YOU JUST CAN'T AND SO IF YOU STOP TRYING TO SET THESE UNREALISTIC EXPECTATIONS FOR YOURSELF, YOU JUST ENJOY IT A LOT MORE >> WE ONLY HAVE ABOUT A MINUTE AND A HALF LEFT WE HAVE SPORTS, YOU SAY

>> AND SPORTS CAN BE CRAZY, RIGHT IN I MEAN — >> THEY ARE >> YOUR KID, AGAIN, YOU'VE GOT TO BE HITTING 500 TO BE — DO YOU HAVE AN EXTRA COACH FOR YOUR KID? OH, YOU DON'T? YOU ARE FAILING >> NO, WE DO NOT WE KIND OF LET MY SON — THE OLDER ONE WHO IS KIND OF GETTING INTO SPORTS NOW DRIVE HIS INTEREST LEVEL AND WHEN — WE FOLLOW HIS LEAD IN HOW INTERESTED HE IS

>> YEAH >> I'M NOT A VERY LOUD, VOCAL PERSON AT THE GAMES I MAKE SURE TO TELL HIM GREAT JOB AFTERWARDS AND, YOU KNOW, BE SUPPORTIVE THAT WAY BUT I KIND OF LET HIM LEAD HIS INTEREST AND ACTIVITY LEVEL >> SO SMART SO SMART

HALLOWEEN COSTUMES, YOU SAY, NO SEWING FOR ME THEY ARE BOUGHT AT THE STORE I'M WITH YOU ON THAT LAST MINUTE ALSO, BIRTHDAY CAKES AND SCHOOL TREATS

THIS IS MY DAUGHTER, BY THE WAY, SADIE SHE IS THE BOY CAPTAIN AMERICA WITH THE MUSCLES BUT ALSO, THE BIRTHDAY CAKES, YOU SAY I'M NOT MAKING IT WITH THE GLUTEN-FREE THING, THE TREATS THAT COME TO SCHOOL, THEY ARE USUALLY GREATS OR SOMETHING, NOTHING FANCY LIKE SOME MOMS AND LASTLY, THE PLAY GROUND THIS IS WHAT YOU SAID ABOUT THE PLAYGROUND NOTHING WE ENFORCE IS YOU NEVER ESCAPE HIGH SCHOOL LIKE THE FULL PLAYGROUND

WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY THAT? >> WELL, FIRST OF ALL, I HAVE LOTS OF GREAT FRIENDS THAT I ENJOY CATCHING UP WITH AT THE PLAYGROUND WE MEET THERE OUR KIDS PLAY AND WE CHAT BUT THERE CAN BE THIS PRESSURE TO BE, YOU KNOW, IN THE IN CROWD AND SOMETIMES YOU JUST WANT TO SIT BACK, WATCH YOUR KIDS PLAY AND TAKE A MINUTE TO CATCH YOUR

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