A natural rule follower and a lover of structure and policies, I anticipated no problems being consistent in my disciplining. But I did not expect the act to be so exhausting, especially when I'm scolding him for the same offense for the 20th time in an hour when all I really want to do is finish a
Alas, I find myself in this season that I call "mothering on display." He tests me both in public and at home. I feel the least amount of pressure among moms with similarly aged children--we all feel each other's pain. People in public will be judgmental of my child and my parenting skills, that's a given--I cast plenty of judgment on other parents and children pre-Mason, too. Some doting family members mean well, but they've forgotten what it's like to have a disobedient toddler and that it's inappropriate to laugh at or encourage Mason in his troubling antics, which only tempts me to discipline them, too!
In what ways do you feel like your mothering is on display? How do you deal with it?