We hear it all the time, “breast is best”. Moms choose to breastfeed to give their child the best nutrition, reduce cancer risks, and so many other fabulous benefits. I am a breastfeeding mom, and I am by no means knocking formula feeding moms, actually quite the opposite. Moms who use formula, I commend you because I couldn’t do what you do. You see, I am a lazy parent. I like to do things partially because they make life easier and require less steps to accomplish. Therefore, I breastfeed because I am lazy! There is nothing really wrong with being lazy either, seriously, check out these lazy parenting tips and see for yourself!
Lazy Parenting Tips
You heard me right, I am a lazy parent and proud of it. I try not to worry about things, go with the flow, and all around do things because they are easier. Now, does this mean I ignore my kids and eat cookies all day while watching Netflix? No, although a Netflix and cookie day does sound like a good time to me. When I say lazy parenting, I mean doing things because they are faster or easier.
Now, this will vary for everyone. Some people really struggle with breastfeeding, and I totally get that. For me though, it came rather easily. This is something I do not ONLY because it is healthy for me and my baby, but because I AM LAZY. I like sleep, value it rather highly in my household, so when I can just whip out my breast and nurse my little love to sleep I will do it. This allows me to get a little shut eye as well. Also, I don’t wake up at night to make a bottle, I just roll over. Yes, breastfeeding can be difficult, and formula is a great option as well, but for ME breastfeeding was the awesome lazy way out.
We aren’t going to get into the co-sleeping/bead-sharing debate here, it is not the place. You do you and do it safely. If you want to see more about co-sleeping you can go here and read until your heart is content. Personally, I bed share because it is easier for me. I can roll over to breastfeed and don’t even have to get out of my bed! No more middle of the night wandering around the house, because baby boy is right there with me. Yes, I take safety precautions and no, this is not the purpose of this article. I bed share because I am too lazy to fight with my child about sleeping else ware.
Baby Led Weaning
When it comes to feeding my baby I like to take the easy way out. With both of my kids, I have used baby led weaning ( while post coming on that soon!). Basically, this is the idea that you feed your baby who is 6 months old or older, the same foods that you are eating. There are no pureed foods here! While it is easy to buy baby food jars, I also like to save money and buying those just seem wasteful to me. I am also too lazy to make my own pureed food. So what I do is I give small portions of my meal to my 1 year old. Seasonings and all, so I do not make anything different than I do for the rest of the family. So far he eats pretty much everything happily. Yes it is messy, but we love it.
Give My Kids Chores
This mainly only applies to my oldest, but she has had chores wince she was a little under 2. Giving the kids chores is a multipurpose tool. For one, I get to be a little lazy because I shouldn’t be cleaning up after the kids. Secondly, it is teaching the kids responsibility. I actually read something recently that said parents who give their kids chores are lazy. Well, to you I say that is fine. I will be lazy while my 4 year old cleans up all of her own toys because I am not her maid.
Another one of my lazy parenting tips, is to use a grocery pickup or delivery service. I personally love using Walmart Grocery Pickup. It is simple and fast and I don’t have to get the kids out of the car! Just order online, and pick up at your scheduled time! The attendants bring it all out and even load your car for you. You can try it out and get a $10 off coupon here if you want to join me in my lazy parenting grocery shopping utopia. If Walmart isn’t your thing, you can also try out Amazon Pantry and have food delivered right to your door!
Proud Lazy Parent
I am sure there are more things that I do that can be considered lazy, and honestly it does not bother me at all. This mom is proud of her lazy parenting ways. A lot of the “lazy” things I do give me more time to spend doing fun things with my kids, so to me that is a win!!
Now I have to know, are you a lazy parent? What are some things that you do to simplify your crazy life with kids?