by Karen Serna
Clash Daily Contributor
Recently I got this parenting magazine in the mail (I, of course, did not order this magazine since most parenting magazines are too liberal for me). Are they serious? What mom puts their child in a beautiful white outfit and then bakes cookies with them?
If I get the courage to let my kids help in the kitchen, I put them in their grungiest clothes because it is a guarantee they are going to make a mess despite my efforts to teach them to be careful. If we decide to paint, I strip them down to their underwear and let them have at it.
No mom can live up to the standards that these magazines set, and no mom should want to.
Don’t get me wrong, I keep a clean home and my children are clean and groomed every morning. We don’t sit around in our pajamas and un-brushed hair all day. I’m teaching my children to be responsible and take good care of what they have, including our home, but I am unwilling to spend my time having my children do unrealistic crafts and unrealistic projects that I end up doing for them anyway.
So for those of you stay-at-home parents, who get these magazines or read them online, just remember that the pictures you see are nothing more than beautiful art, not reality.
Karen Serna is a wife and homeschooling mom with two children. She holds a degree in Chemistry with a minor in Math from Angelo State University. In addition, she is a certified secondary educator. Prior to having children, Karen worked for Texas State University-San Marcos as an analytical chemist and industrial hygienist for over twelve years. Her passion lies in seeing a generation of Americans once again embrace true freedom.