So the sweater I want that will match the kids' Christmas clothes is 50% off today and tomorrow at Kohls. I mentioned this to my mom in passing and she offered to go by and pick it up for me so I didn't have to drag the kids out, etc., etc.
I thanked her. Yes, for a 10-20 minute trip, it would be a pain to get them out of the car, drag them into the store, etc. Then I mentioned that I needed to go to Target anyway. And she freaked out. She didn't want me taking the kids out by myself. Nevermind that I've done it a couple dozen times without incident. Apparently, I'm never allowed out of the house w/ the kids by myself again. I told her if I didn't get out occasionally, I'd shoot myself. She continued her rant. I told her then I was going to find a job and put the kids in daycare because my mental health couldn't stand being stuck in the house all the time.
This pisses me off because A) Yes, we had an incident which could have ended disastrously (though I'd like to point out that I wasn't, in fact, by myself at that point and so obviously being alone w/ both kids wasn't the issue), but that doesn't make me incapable as a parent. And B) it's not like she's offering to spend every weekday off hanging out with me/us so I can get errands done or get out of the house or whatever. Does she really expect me to stay home all day every day 5 days a week?
Yes, the incident last week was scary. I get that. Trust me, I get it. But does that mean I'm a bad parent and I am not allowed out with my own children?