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A Word from A WAHM

"Ask My Children"

© 1999, by Cheryl Demas

Lately, there's a lot of attention being given to a study that asked children how they felt about working parents. The results (surprise!) should make parents feel good about leaving their children. The children say they're getting along just fine.

The flu has been making its way through our house, and as a result, I haven't been able to be as "active" in my children's lives. I wondered how they felt about it, so I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to take my own informal survey, and ... "Ask my children."

Me: Tell me children, what has having to be more responsible for your own needs taught you about responsibility and self reliance?
Children: Frosted Flakes are good.

Me: But what are the implications of having to fend for yourselves? I haven't been able to influence your decisions and guide your choices, have you felt too much pressure?
Children: I'm feeling pressure to get to level 7 in my video game. Can we buy the player's guide?

Maybe I'm being too abstract ... I'll ask more practical questions.

Me: What would you like for dinner? Your choices are a nutritious balanced meal, or Valentine candy hearts.
Children: We choose valentine candy hearts and root beer.

Me: Would you like to stay in your pajamas and play Nintendo all day?
Children: Yes!

Me: Am I the greatest mom in the whole world?
Children: Yes!

Wow, all this time I thought I had a pretty good idea of what was best for my children. I guess I should have started asking for their opinions a lot sooner! It sure makes my life easier! No more cooking and cleaning, teaching and driving to activities. This is great!

Give it a try, moms. Question your kids. I think you'll find out that you're a great parent too! I know I am, just ask my children!

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  Cheryl Demas creates a weekly cartoon/column for Work At Home Moms. She also publishes - The Online Magazine for Work At Home Moms. Contact Cheryl through her web site, or email:

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