Yes. That is my toddler locking herself in my dog's crate. Hey, at least it wasn't me locking her in it, right? It was a rainy day and we were bored, so why not really? Am I going to win Mother of the Year for allowing my child to play in a probably very funky dog crate?? Nope, not anytime soon. But, did we have fun? Yes!
On days like this, you have to make an effort to have fun because you could just tear your hair out and call your husband a million times with sneaky attempts to get him to come home early, like you think you smell smoke coming from somewhere?? Maybe not though...
Whatever you do, do not compare yourself to the seemingly perfect moms out there that are posting pictures of themselves at Spanish and violin lessons with their toddler. Impressive, yes. But, it's not a competition here. Stop. Repeat after ,me. IT. IS. NOT. A. COMPETITION. HERE. If that mom wants to do that with her child, who cares? In fact, that's wonderful...for her. And them. Just maybe not you. And I'll bet you anything, that same seemingly "perfect" mom is logging into Facebook later and feeling inadequate because her mom friends are all taking their kids to swim lessons. Should she have done swim lessons instead of Spanish?
It doesn't make her/them any more of a mom, or you any less of a mom. Stand by your choices as a mother and realize that we are all doing this parenting thing without a handbook. Plus, all kids are different so there's no single way to parent.
In my opinion, the moms that judge and criticize other moms for being "too perfect" are just as annoying as the "too perfect" moms themselves. I mean, why would you be so judgey and complainey, unless you were the one feeling insecure? Can we just all agree that we are all different and that's wonderful. We might even learn a thing or two from one another. So stop comparing and focusing on what everyone else is doing or not doing. It's time to enjoy that little one free of guilt. Just let it go.