5.Clean, scrub, and sanitize everything within an inch of its life. I don't buy antibacterial ANYTHING. Studies show that all that Lysol and sanitized this and antibacterial that actually LOWER our immune systems. Plus I am lazy and cheap, so less to do and less to buy? Sign me up.
4.Never let my kids get dirty. Boys like mud. I have a hose. 'Nuff said.
3.Not allow my kids to see me as a regular person with human needs and shortcomings. Yes, I am the Mom and I have Authoritah, but I'm not a MomBot 5000 whose only purpose in life is to be their mother. I'm also my husband's wife, my job's employee, my mother's daughter, my friends' friend, and just plain old Stacey. Stacey is a real person who sometimes says cuss words, sometimes has a glass of wine, and sometimes wants to be left the hell alone for awhile. And that's OK.
2.Put them first. Sorry, I don't. They are not first. My marriage is first. When they are grown and gone, Eric and I will still be here, together. Our marriage brought them into the world and sustains their lives as they know them. They are a really close second, like photo-finish second, but they are not first.
1.Worry about them constantly. When you worry it says "I don't have the faith that God will handle this." and I do, really. Also unless you have super powers, it does absolutely not one teeny bit of good and is even harmful. It also teaches your kids that the world is a fearful place and then they worry, too. Sometimes it is hard when big bad things are happening, not to worry and fret. But to worry about trivial things or even things that might happen or could possibly happen at some point maybe? No way. Plus it shortens your life and makes what's left miserable. I like to be happy, not miserable. Don't you?