Today in my New Media class we had to present our ideas for a video game concept. A gal in the class (let’s call her Ida) presented an idea about a phone app that would simulate a baby. It could be used as a teaching tool for teens to show them the responsibility involved in raising a baby—perhaps even help guide them away from premarital sex?
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I did learn you need a lot of patience and planning to raise your children right. But what I didn’t learn was how much guilt I would take on once they are born.
I feel guilty for everything that happens under my roof. Let me list a few items off the top of my head
· No milk in the fridge
· Forgetting they were serving meatloaf in the cafeteria and not packing a lunch
· My son’s favorite shirt is not clean and he couldn’t wear it to school
· Dog chewed up a favorite toy
· Dog threw up in daughter’s room
· Son used daughter’s toothbrush to clean the dog’s throw-up breath
· No money to buy (insert favorite toy/video game here)
· Mommy has a new boyfriend
· Daddy never calls
This is actually a short list—most days the list can go on forever. Why? Because I feel guilty about everything. Let me rephrase that—I used to feel guilty for everything. I’m really working on the whole guilt thing and I can tell that I am getting better.
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Yes, I hate to see my daughter so sad. But I know that her happiness depends on my happiness—not the other way around. I am the mother. I am the adult in this relationship. I am the one who needs to shed the guilt and lift her up when she is down. But I can’t do this if I am not happy.
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