Mom Guilt

12 Sep

I came across this the other day.  Perfect timing, as I’m definitely feeling a bunch of guilt today.

mom guilt

I could almost have a blackout bingo with this card.  Replace “won’t buy them a puppy” with “Missed youngest daughter’s 17th birthday”, and I’ve got ’em all.

Mario’s birthday is today.  She’s at home.  All alone.  I’m in Ohio, gallivanting around with my oldest son, Link.

Let me explain: I didn’t want Link to have to take off work, so I picked  a weekend.  And since we were going to Ohio, and I’m a huge Cards fan, I picked a weekend where we could go to a Cards/Reds game.

Makes sense, right?

Well, that weekend happened to be her birthday.  In all fairness, I thought she’d love to have the house to herself.  She’s 17! What kid doesn’t want the house to themselves over their birthday weekend?!

Secretly, I think she’s loving it.  Outwardly, she’s making me feel guilty.  Or is it just me?

*sigh* She knows what she’s doing.

And it’s working.  Before we left, I took her $hopping.  She came home with a Windows Surface and a homecoming dress.

But even still, the morning we left, she reminded me I was missing her birthday.

So yeah, a bit of mom guilt going on.

A nice visit with Link and a Cardinals win, should easily erase it however.

Til the next time anyway.


Posted by on September 12, 2015 in Family, Parenting


9 responses to “Mom Guilt

  1. Abby

    September 12, 2015 at 7:32 pm

    It’s stuff like this that highlights how easy parents with ONE kid have it.
    Well, happy 17th birthday to Mario! And happy gallivanting around with Link to you!
    And that bingo card is pretty funny… if it didn’t make me feel so guilty.

    • shadowrun300

      September 13, 2015 at 12:53 am

      Yep. Sometimes things overlap when you have multiple kids. She’s not lacking for attention, however. Being the only girl, she is a bit spoiled. So it won’t hurt her not to be the center of attention for a few days. ‘Course I’ve been texting and talking to her all day long…..
      I had a great day with Link! Hope to write about it soon!

  2. llcooljoe

    September 14, 2015 at 3:55 am

    It is my daughter’s 21st today and yesterday we had a posh meal out with all her extended family, well 14 of us, and then back here for present opening and cake and champagne. Do you feel even more guilty now? 😀 Well it was her 21st after all.

    Happy Birthday to poor, sad. lonely Mario! Sorry, I’m taking the piss, I bet she had a great time without you!

    • shadowrun300

      September 15, 2015 at 1:38 am

      Ha! Yes, I feel even more guilty now. I’m going to have some making up to do on her 18th birthday. Although I did take her to Vegas for her 16th birthday. That’s something, isn’t it?

      • llcooljoe

        October 4, 2015 at 6:38 am

        No you can’t live on past glories! Ha, actually I remember the Vegas trip, so okay I’ll let you off. 😀

  3. agg79

    September 16, 2015 at 11:05 am

    Ah, nice to see Mario knows how to work work the guilt. I am sure she was all pouty when you left but having the house to herself for the weekend was enjoyable (at least in my mind). That’s the problem with multiple kids – you are wind up spilling your time between the various kid events and someone is going to wind up getting left out.

    And, even though we had only one kid, Bingo!

    • shadowrun300

      September 17, 2015 at 4:05 am

      She was working it alright. And as soon as we were gone, I’m guessing we weren’t given a second thought. 😉

  4. territerri

    September 26, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    Just know that you’re in good company. Being a mom equals living with guilt. Try not to let social media tell you whether you’re doing well or not. But sorry, I can’t help with the guilt trip your daughter laid on you! 🙂

    • shadowrun300

      September 27, 2015 at 5:19 am

      If it’s not this, it’s something else. I work such long hours that I rarely see my family. So when I do get a minute, I try to spend as much quality time with them as I can. THIS time, it was with Link. The next 108 times will be with her. I don’t feel too bad…… 🙂


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