We've got a #momfail from across the pond today! I love this one and have begged Sarah to take a picture of her son in his gym clothes because I really need a visual. Enjoy and happy Momday everyone!
I’ve been a stepmom for best part of the last fifteen years and my youngest is almost seven, so trust me when I say I’ve had my fair share of momfails!
I’ve forgotten friends’ birthdays and the ‘bring-a-bottle’ donation for non-uniform days. I’ve had to do a mad dash to the store 48 hours before the youngest’s swimming lessons because I waited until then to discover his swim shorts no longer fit. He’s been to school on more than one occasion without his glasses and I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve had to make a last-minute trip to the ATM because I had no spare change for fundraising days.
My most epic #momfail to date however has been going on right under my nose for almost a year. What’s worse is that I had absolutely no idea I was failing miserably in this area until a few weeks ago when Harrison came trotting home from school for the half term break, gym kit in tow. Upon taking it out for washing he told me it was a little small. I had been expecting this because he’d had quite a significant growth spurt recently. Thinking it couldn’t be too bad I checked the label and instantly I felt terrible. It said ‘Age 4-5’; Harrison will be 7 in November!!!
I felt like the worst mum on the planet! Right?! How on earth was he getting these on and what did he look like when he was wearing them?! My poor child, just what was I sending him to school in and how had I forgotten to replace his gym kit for so long?! Serious momfail.
I stood there mixed feelings, thinking he must think I really don’t care, whilst curious at what he looked like in a sweatshirt two sizes too small and joggers that were probably sitting mid-calf! What was I to do? There were only a few weeks of term left...so did I replace it? No way! I’m ashamed and not ashamed to admit that I promptly washed the far too small gym kit and put it back in his bag!! Call me tight but knowing the summer break was in sight and that he would probably be wearing the t-shirt and shorts that did fit him for the rest of term, I decided I could literally stretch out replacing them for a few more weeks.
You might think me a terrible mum but I’m not ashamed to admit I messed up. The reality is we can’t do it all. We will have epic fails from time to time and in a couple of weeks I will be going shopping to buy him a kit that will fit him come September and I will no longer need to hang my head in shame. But for now, the far too small gym kit will do!