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?
aeryn lynne says
OMG!! I would never cheat on Jay with our promised Netflix streaming marathons… I can’t even fathom thinking about it, lol. I am almost part of that 14% who think cheating is worse than an actual affair, hahaha, *almost*.
That said, I have totally watched Voltron ahead of Kit (and it drives me nuts rewatching the episodes again, ’cause he wants me there with him,) but that’s different somehow? I’ll definitely own it as a way to ensure that the content is suitable for his viewing. That is totally what’s going on there. *nods* 😀
What I’ve really taken away from your post is that I clearly need to check out Trollhunters finally. For Kit.
Do it. I mean, for your nephew. Obviously.
Ha! I’m a sports addict and my husband loves “must see TV.” Good thing I don’t consider it cheating 😉
And as for the 6 year old? No way am I watching any more Digimon than I absolutely have to!
Ernest Martin says
I think we all cheat somewhat but good to stick to it with the kids and as long as you are not going overboard with the cheats, it will work out well. 🙂
Wanda Tracey says
You can call it cheating or whatever you want but the bottom line is I think it’s the better option to check out what the kids are going to watch.
Lynda Cook says
I’m a cheater for sure, I don’t have time to wait for hubby to watch anything