Mean Mom Syndrome

July 14, 2011
For years now, I've been denying my kids the joy of having their own pet. Even though I'm not an animal lover, there's no pet on earth I wish to subject to the care, or lack thereoff, of my kids.

Through the years the kids have resigned themselves to the fact that they have a 'stupid mom'. But my youngest son's yearning ran so deep, he created his own pet.

His name is Teddy, and Pete makes sure he's got everything Teddy may ever wish for. He even takes him for walks, on a piece of string. Together they have great adventures.

'Do you know what worries me mommy?' Pete asked with his little boy voice. 'Balloons shrink'.
'You mean you're worried Teddy wil shrink?
'Yes,' Pete sighed, while cradling little Teddy lovingly in his arms.

Then I felt like such a terrible mom, I laughed so hard I had to cry.
'Here mommy, Teddy will make it all go away!' Pete said consolingly.

So tomorrow we'll go out and get him a guinea pig.
Or a new balloon.

In the picture you see a picture of Teddy, in the prime of his life. Look at him smile! He's such a happy little pet.

14 comments

  1. Haha! Poor baby:) I know how you feel. We had a dog, but for some reason all wanted a cat forever. Finally got one and my youngest is allergic, but she loves it:( little bit of a mess! Anyway, guinea pigs make a weird noise...be careful!!

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  2. These are the best kinds of pets for our house! I'm a mean mom, too. We've tried to have a couple different types of animals, but it just doesn't work out for us. Our best success was fostering dogs for rescue groups. About the time my girls are getting tired of caring for them, it's time for them to be adopted. It worked perfectly until we moved into a townhouse without a nice yard for them to run in. Now my daughters drag around river rocks painted with faces. I think I like the balloons better!

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  3. Awwww poor Pete =) I'm sorry, which end of Teddy are we looking at again? I hope you get Pete a guinea pig otherwise I am certain this will result in a weekly psychiatric session 20 years from now...

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  4. Rachel Joy, I know! I'm just worried buying the guinea pig will eat into the money I'm going to need for all his therapy!

    Karen Greenberg, you make me feel better! Your kids are just as sad as mine are, lugging around stones pretending they're pets! I love that!

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  5. Here from Thankful Thursday. This is Awesome...This is the only kind of pet I want anymore, although I did give in and get a Nemo (goldfish) for my 2 year old grandson...hey, goldfish are not too bad! LOL

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  6. Brilliant!! Get the guinea pig, much more fun that a balloon! I'm a farmer and have four dogs, a cat, 40 hens and 600 sheep, so I guess I'm not short of animal love!

    Found you on the Terrific Thursday blog hop.
    CJ xx

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  7. That is funny! My mom always said we couldn't have it if it pooped. That pretty much ruled out anything but pet rocks. I wish I had been cool enough to have a pet balloon.

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  8. That is so precious! too bad you don't have a neighbor who can 'share' her dogs with you like we do! sort of like grandkids, I'm told...you can spoil them, then send them back - in this case to their own yard!

    mom is the only girl

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  9. This is so cute!!
    Does he tell people about Teddy?? I'd love to see people's faces..
    I think if you can,,just get him another balloon. I like the above policy of If IT POOPS~ FORGET IT!!
    I hope Teddy makes it until you get the "new" pet..
    New follower!! I Love your site!
    I love your little guys imagination though! Awesome!

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  10. Hello, found you tonight through a blog hop on bassgiraffe. 5 kids? That's awesome! Thanks for the laughs as soon as I wound up on your page. Great sense of humour, which I'm sure gets you through your crazy mom days! I hope you'll check me out and possibly follow along too, as I tell my stories of raising 3 kids, including twins--all preemies! Have a great night! Twintrospectives.

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  11. My children do not have any pets either! My sons would love a dog but I hate dogs...my mother has three! I am now following you from the hop and would love a follow back over at
    http://mizzreviewlady-mommyreviews.blogspot.com/

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  12. LOL! They need to invent balloons that don't deflate, right?! My kids are older, my dog is older, I am older ... and I (you're right) care for the dog.

    Anyway, I'm your newest follower on the Social Parade and would love a follow back -

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  13. That's great! We don't have any pets either. I have hard enough time keeping up with just 2 kids.

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