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Celebrating #ParentingWins and #ParentFails

March 22, 2017
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Parenting is all about trying not to sweat the small stuff, while making sure that we take care of the big stuff.
#butIvaccinate is a collection of funny parenting stories to help show that we’re not alone in the craziness. We all make mistakes, and we all need to laugh at the small stuff.  If you have a funny story to share, why not add it to the conversation?

I recently joined a conversation in one of my “Mommy Groups” about Parenting Fails.  You know, those moments that were not proud of, where we either had a lapse in judgement, or a lapse in energy, and resulted in a situation that probably wont be ending up in a parenting manual.

I’ve had my own share of #MommyFails over the curse of my parenting career, from serving cereal for dinner after a long day, to forgetting my daughters acro class until 10 minutes after it started, and of course, one of my most memorable fails from just after my fourth baby was born, I was sleep deprived and had no desire to go anywhere, but it was a gorgeous day and we needed diapers, so I got everyone dressed for the first time that week, slathered them in sunscreen and made it halfway down the driveway before I realized that I wasn’t wearing shoes myself, just a pair of old socks.


I always joke that I was a much better parent when I was raising hypothetical kids in my mind, and I think that’s a universal truth. Parenting is hard, and exhausting, and ridiculous, and we’re all just trying to get through it without messing them up too much.  I’m so glad that I’ve learned to roll with the punches, and even sometimes, to celebrate my #ParentingFails right alongside my #ParentingWins because if I didn’t, I don’t think I’d make it out of this stage of life intact.

One of the main reasons that I don’t have to sweat the small stuff, is that I know I’m doing my best to take care of the big stuff.  One of the easiest ways to do that, is to make sure our kids have all of their vaccinations, on time, every time, according to the schedule available at ontario.ca/vaccines.

Its one of the easiest to use tools I have at my disposal to keep my children safe, and the protection from diseases like Pertussis, Chicken Pox, Measles, Meningococcal disease, is priceless. I have enough to worry about; from keeping my 2-year-old from licking the cart at Walmart, to not letting my 3-year-old bathe the cat in the toilet, and lets not even get started on math homework,  preventable diseases have no room in my overtired mommy brain.

Did you know that children in Ontario must be pretoected from the following diseases to attend public school (unless there is a valid exemption); diphtheria, tetanus, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, meningococcal disease, pertussis, and chickenpox? And that parents are required to provide records of their child’s immunization to their local Public Health unit and update the information when their child receives additional doses of vaccine according to the immunization schedule? It’s just another reason to stick with the schedule set out at ontario.ca/vaccines .

Do you have a funny #MomFail or #DadFail moment? Share it using #butIvaccinate

Disclosure: This post was developed in association with the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, as part of the #butIvaccinate campaign, however all thoughts and opinions are honest and my own. More information about vaccinations can be found at ontario.ca/vaccines.

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