Top Ten Tuesday: The Rights of Mothers

It’s Constitution Day, and due to legislation passed by Congress, on September 17th of every year any school in the country that receives government funding of any kind is required to provide educational programming pertaining to the U.S. Constitution.  Having read this little known fact, I asked my children what they thought were our ‘rights’ as American citizens.  Let’s just say I hope they learn a little more in school today!  While my kids may have been wrong in thinking I have the “right” to drive and enforce bed making rules, I started thinking about the rights I think all mothers of young children should have.
In honor of Constitution Day, our Top Ten Tuesday features the Rights of Mothers:

We the Mothers of the Young People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect existence, establish Sanity, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for common cooperation, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Harmony to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for Mothers of the United States of America. 
  1. The Right to wear yoga pants for activities that do not include yoga, including, but not limited to, participation in school volunteer commitments, grocery shopping, preschool drop off, and parent-teacher conferences.
  2. The right to run on to the ball field/stage/track to the utter embarrassment of one’s offspring in the face of a serious injury.  Or a boo-boo.
  3. The right to unabashedly defend one’s child in the face of thunder, lightning, barking, unleashed dogs, school bullies, big kids on the bus, and the real scary stuff in life.
  4. The right to use the phrase, “Because I said so,” even if you swore you never would. 
  5. The right to lie.  Shamelessly.  About the tooth fairy, Easter Bunny, and whatever did happen to the last piece of chocolate cake/child’s favorite (dingy) sweatshirt/that really noisy toy before 10 am.
  6. An entire cup of coffee before settling siblings disputes.
  7. The right to “accidentally” skip pages during bed time stories.
  8. The right to a glass of wine following the first child’s first vaccines, after sending the youngest child off to Kindergarten, or any day of the week ending with a Y. 
  9. The right to use the bathroom, for an entire 45 seconds, once per day… alone… with the door closed.  (A mama can dream)
  10. The right to limitless snuggles, smiles, hugs, kisses, and cuddles.  On demand.  Because I said so.

 Wishing you peace, harmony, and a day free of sibling squabbles!

God Bless America!

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