Parenting Ailments :: Do You Have Any Symptoms?

Parenting Ailments :: Do You Have Any Symptoms?

As a mom to 3 children, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve typed various symptoms into WebMD before ultimately calling the pediatrician. But what about a portal for the symptoms all of us parents have experienced?

Below is my list of parenting symptoms and ailments. Please check all that apply:

  • Forgetting why you walked into a room
  • Missed playdates
  • Forgotten lunches
  • Calling your children everything but their given names

You have a case of Parent Brain

and go through the day trying to remember that one thing you told yourself not to forget. A fog of general forgetfulness is with you all the time.

  • Repeatedly starting the dryer over to “fluff” the clothes
  • Telling yourself that the dishes in the sink need to soak a little longer
  • Ignoring the mountain of dirty laundry in the corner

Parenting Ailments :: Do You Have Any Symptoms?

  • No desire to vacuum or mop
  • Closing the doors to your children’s room (out of sight out of mind)

You have a case of Ignoring Chores Infection.

This stems from the resentment that being an adult with adult responsibilities is for the birds.

  • Dry shampoo addiction
  • Messy bun
  • Extreme hostility to pants with zippers and or buttons
  • Questionable personal hygiene
  • Yoga pants and oversized T-shirts only

You have a case of Self-Care what’s that Syndrome.

This is a long-term issue for most parents, attending to everyone else’s needs first and leaving no time for themselves.

  • Low threshold for other people’s crap
  • Constant eye-rolling
  • Chronic sighing
  • Frequent side eye
  • Uncontrollable urge to scream

Parenting Ailments :: Do You Have Any Symptoms?

You have a case of Wits End Complex.

This is accompanied by giving zero cares and wanting to throw in the towel.

  • Prideful
  • Encouraging
  • Feelings of overwhelming unconditional love
  • Repeated hugs and kisses

You are Raising Tiny Humans.

You are a many hats wearing parent and some days do everything right and other days you want to create a new identity and live off the grid, but at the end of it all, you wouldn’t trade it for anything.

Elizabeth and her husband Nicholas have been married for 13 years. They live in Geismar with their 3 children, Addison (9), Parker (5), and Laurel (2). She is from Franklin, LA and moved to Baton Rouge after receiving her Master’s in Business Administration from Southeastern Louisiana University. She is a Budget Administrator for the Department of Public Safety. She relies on sarcasm, a dry sense of humor, and the occasional cocktail to deal with the daily demands of motherhood. She loves crawfish, clean sheets, vacuuming, and the latest crime documentary on Netflix.