Confessions of a Slacker Mom on Her Son’s Birthday

Today is my son’s 4th birthday. He has never had a birthday party before. This year he will have one, sort of. Really, we’re just having the neighbors over for a BBQ Saturday afternoon and calling it a birthday party. No gifts please.

There will be cake though. An ice cream cake which I will pick up from Dairy Queen, probably half an hour before the guests are to arrive because that’s when I will remember that I haven’t got his cake yet.

Which brings me back to the fact that today is his actual birthday. The things that I have not done for him today are: purchase his birthday gift, bring something to his daycare to share with the class, or decide what we’re having for supper.

What I have done so far: run to the mall on my lunch break to try to find a gift (no luck), scope out the left-over grad balloons in the back hallway at work that still have helium in them, and call my husband to tell him that he needs to track down Hungry Hippos on his way home from work.

I’m such a slacker! But I’m pretty sure the balloons will be a huge hit so I doubt my dear boy will notice.

Happy Birthday kiddo!

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I'm a parent of two lovely (most of the time) children. I work full time out of the home and I don't cook well, bake, sew, or do crafty things. I keep my high heels and jewelry at my office because there's no point in having them at home. I love Mondays because I can return to the world of adults, go to the bathroom alone and have nearly uninterrupted conversations with others.
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14 Responses to Confessions of a Slacker Mom on Her Son’s Birthday

  1. Been there! Candles on ANY cake, even a vastly formed lump of ice-cream, make a birthday cake. As for the class, a bag of Freddo Frogs (a chocolate delicacy here in Australia) or lolly pops usually do the trick, as lots of kids don’t actually eat the cake anyway but go for the ice-cream. As long as you have a couple of balloons (hey – extra good Mummy points if you draw faces on them) and a couple of lollies, plus said cake, it will do. :) Have fun.

  2. Whoops – I meant HASTILY formed lump of ice-cream. A pox on these automatic spell correctors!

  3. shannon2818 says:

    Great job keeping it simple – it’s annoying when parents go overboard.

  4. Matt Wilson says:

    Ok, why have I never considered the concept of a slacker mom before? That is fantastic! Now that I consider the concept, I have actually met quite a few. I can’t tell you how good this makes me feel about myself. If one can be a successful slacker-mom, then to be a successful slacker-anything else doesn’t seem so difficult anymore.

    • I believe there are successful slackers everywhere. We’re just too lazy to toot our own horns about it.

      • Matt Wilson says:

        I agree, I know a great many successful slackers but for some reason I have never considered slacking and parenting. I am a slacker teacher but that’s not all rthe same thing as being a slacker mom. I knew I was going to enjoy your blog.

      • So I’m flattered, and confused. Are you planning to become a slacker mom now? Cuz Matt is a highly unusual name for a slacker mom. Also, if this requires some sort of surgery on your part then it no longer qualifies as slacking. Just saying.

      • Matt Wilson says:

        I meant to say that I hadn’t considered the concept of a slacker-parent before, which surprises me because I deal with lots of parents on a regular basis. And the more I think about it, there are a lot. And as for the last part, I only meant that it is hard enough for me as a slacker to keep up with my students for the limited time I deal with them. To have that ‘what am I forgetting? I know I’m forgetting something’ feeling 24/7 for the better part of 18 years is overwhelming to me.

      • Well that does make more sense. Not quite as funny though!

        There are a lot of super achiever parents out there who are exhausting to even think of keeping up with. I prefer to keep things low key, less to remember, less to forget.

  5. I agree with Matt! Why have I never thought to just let it happen before?? Last year for AM’s 3rd birthday I was so stressed that I had horrible panic attacks 3 weeks prior to the darn event! I think you are on to something here!!

    • I just wish everyone would follow suit. I seem to be the only one setting the bar low, as in, on the ground. Unless of course the bar is where the drinks are, then I’m pretty much belly level.

      I’d like to think that my real gift to my kid is an unstressed mom!

      • Well as they say, ah hell, I cant remember, something about a happy mom and wife makes a happy life. And if happiness comes from the bar some nights, well I think that makes things even better!! Gosh! Oh and happy birthday to your little one!

  6. Off Duty Mom says:

    Happy 4th birthday! My son’s 4th birthday was June 20. Happiness all around!

  7. Pingback: Happy birthday and sorry about the party | Dirty Rotten Parenting

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