With so many different methods of parenting, you'd think I might fall into categories like "Concise Mom" or "Detailed Mom" or even "Paranoid For Good Reasons Mom," but no. After exhibiting all the signs I might be a "mean" mom on a pretty regular basis, I've decided to just go with it. I mean, who wouldn't want their kids to think they have Cruella Deville as a parent? Of course this further highlights the slightest efforts from my partner, because with a mom as mean as me he could literally provide a basic necessity (like breakfast) and be the hero. Sigh.
My kids, my beautiful babies whom I carried in the womb and gave life, have thoughtfully and respectfully deemed me "The Queen of No." To get this title, I've had to meet a certain level of criteria, such as repeatedly denying them expensive toys. demanding chores and homework are finished before luxuries are experienced, and basically cutting off any request mid-sentence with a sharp "No." Why would I entertain any idea that's not mine? Because I'm mean, of course. In all honesty, it's not easy being me. Any effort to care for my kids, do right by them, or help them in anyway (aside from what they want) automatically makes me the villain in our little life scenario. I love Kylo Ren and Electro as much as the next gal, but living the villain lifestyle is a lot harder than giving into my kids' every wish every damn time.
If you're anything like me (mean), you probably have no idea how your kids really feel about you. Do they call you the "Nice Mom" or are you on my level of parenting? Go ask them. I'll wait. If you're not ready to hear their truth bombs, but aren't sure which category you fall into, here are some signs you might be a mean mom like me. Oh, and welcome to the club. Don't ask for anything unless you want an actual answer (it's going to be "no").