I tell my children they are not allowed to cheat. I tell them that it’s not good to lie. That it’s not good to try and hide things from mom. And then I turn around and I do all the things I tell them not to do. I cheat, I lie, and I hide things from them. I’m trying to decide if I should feel guilty over this or not.
It started with snacks. When they were younger I used to hide in the kitchen to eat my breakfast pastry.
I’ve joked about the fact that I get to eat the leftover cake for breakfast, after telling my kids that it is strictly off limits.
Yeah sorry, kids. It’s bad to eat too much sweets. Only mama gets to do that.
I only have their best interests at heart. That’s what I tell myself. As their mom it’s my job to make sure they eat healthy, get plenty of active play and not too much screen time.
Yeah sorry, kids. It’s bad to watch an entire season of Voltron in one sitting. Only mama gets to do that.
I mean, is it really that awful if I prewatch a TV show (or twelve) just to um… make sure it’s appropriate viewing for them?
That’s the idea, right? That I will just watch this pilot episode (or six) strictly to see what the show is about and decide if it’s too spooky for my sensitive kiddo. I mean I need to watch The Jungle Book live action flick, and the entire series of Unfortunate Events, and half a dozen episodes of Trollhunters… It’s for the kids.
The fact that I got sucked in after the first episode (or two) has nothing to do with it. I just really needed to watch a whole bunch of Trollhunters before I could decide whether or not it would be too scary for the kids. Really. I’ve got their best interests at heart, I’m looking out for my kids. It’s just what moms do.
Last month Netflix published the results from this survey where they discovered that 46% of adults “cheat” on their partner and stream their favourite show without them.
I’m waiting for the survey where they show how many moms cheat and watch without their kids. I mean please, please, tell me I’m not the only one that “cheats” on their kids and watches kiddie TV shows when they’re not around….
What about you guys? Do you cheat on your kids and sneak TV shows (and snacks) when they’re not around? Or is your streamtime cheating strictly adult orientated?