You Know You’re A Good Parent When You End Up With 4 Pounds Of Sugar In Your Grocery Cart

My son had a bad day at school. His teacher left early, and he was worried about her. Where is she? She went home sick?

When I picked him up, he had tears in his eyes so I did what any good parent would do: I bought my kids ice cream sandwiches instead of lunch.

But the best part was not their little vanilla and chocolate smiles. When we walked from the freezer section to the cash register, my kids began to drag me sideways.

My son: Mama, you need something for your day, too.

My daughter: You need this.

And she lifted up a candy bag three times the size of her head.

200 pieces that I BOUGHT.

Who’s raising her kids right and eating candy while she’s doing it?

This mama.

Alex Iwashyna

Alex Iwashyna went from a B.A. in philosophy to an M.D. to a SAHM, poet and writer by 30. She spends most of her writing time on LateEnough.com, a humor blog (except when it's serious) about her husband fighting zombies, awkward attempts at friendship, and dancing like everyone is watching. She also has a soft spot for culture, politics, and rude Southern people who offend her Yankee sensibilities. She parents 2 elementary-aged children, 1 foster baby, 3 cats, and 1 puppy, who are all Southern but not rude. Yet.

16 thoughts to “You Know You’re A Good Parent When You End Up With 4 Pounds Of Sugar In Your Grocery Cart”

  1. Nhas excellent taste in candy. At least it wasn’t the crappy bag with the root beer bottles and bottle caps. Um, unless you like that stuff.

    I got caught out with my 3 once and when they asked if they could go to theic ice cream store I said if they were good. Because yes I bribe them. When we left of course they remembered. I couldn’t reach hubs to meet us for lunch, and I wasn’t taking them to chick fil a by myself at lunch hour, so we went straight to the ice cream store and had froyo for lunch. Worth it.

  2. soooo jealous.

    I love candy. to the point of a severe addiction. (I’m not lying or exaggerating.)

    Sadly, now we just can’t have it in the house. I feel so much better not eating all of that.

    But gaaaah, I love it.

  3. Love this! My kids regularly eat junk food instead of real meals. However, the teachers at school think I’m a great mom and always feel my kids such nutritious food because my youngest son is always asking for strawberries. In toddler language strawberries equals Starburst! Yes, I will accept my “mom of the year award” now. 🙂

  4. This is apparently a bad thing to some people? What? Sure, my kids eat fairly well overall, but what’s wrong with ice cream for lunch once in awhile? I’m not going to deprive my children or myself. No binging will come in the future from things not allowed! Well, with the exception of caffeinated beverages. My kids on caffeine are gremlins *shudder.* They can drink that stuff in their teen years when I don’t have to deal with the spaztastic outbursts and crazy running devil response anymore.

  5. Oh, A little candy never hurt anyone (OK maybe a dentist would disagree). How sweet are your kids! They wanted you to treat yourself, sounds like you are raising caring kids (and so you are doing a great job).

  6. I once found a bag of unopened halloween candy in a parking lot. Everyone was aghast that I merrily picked it up and opened it. Whatevs. It’s candy. I’m still alive. What I’m saying is sometimes a bowl of organic quinoa does not make the cut. BLOW POPS for the win.

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