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I'm a Terrible Mother Because ....

Lisa Shoemaker

Winter 2020 - I'm a Terrible Mother Because...

 

If I had to choose a refrain to best describe the last six months, it would sound like this: I’m a terrible mother.
I’m a terrible mother because I’m distracted. All the time.
I’m a terrible mother because they fight. All the time.
I’m a terrible mother because I’m tired. All. The. Time.

Too much screen time. Not enough balance. Too much ice cream. Not enough organic produce.
No matter the category, the phrase my friends and I most often circled back to during our late-night Zoom chats was this: I’m a terrible mother …


Bio:

Lisa Shoemaker graduated from Queen’s University in 2008. A full-time writer and mom to three young boys, she lives in Oakville, Ontario.