Addressing something that most parents hesitate to acknowledge, Marie revealed that she isn't a big fan of playing with her daughter.
The job requirements of being a mom involve a lifetime of big and small sacrifices for the sake of one's offsprings. This is what TikTok user Lynn Marie from Indiana highlighted in a recent video where she made a candid admission. Addressing something that most parents hesitate to acknowledge, Marie revealed that she isn't too psyched about playing with her daughter and her dolls. "Last night, my daughter asked me to play with her and I hate doing that," she said in the video. "I will go for a walk or take her somewhere, I don’t want to play with Barbies."
Marie revealed that she eventually gave in as her daughter is an only child and she felt bad about saying "no." She admitted that she "very half-heartedly" sat down with the little girl and played with her for about 10 mins. However, she realized the next day that even her lukewarm participation meant the world to her daughter.
The following day, Marie's daughter invited her to play with the dolls again. The young girl then told her mom something that left Marie speechless:
While Marie highlighted the importance of spending time with one's children—irrespective of whether you're unenthusiastic about the idea or whether you only have a few minutes to spare—it also acknowledged that it's OK if you don't enjoy every moment of your parenting journey. Normalizing a largely ignored side of parenting hit a chord with many parents on the video-sharing platform as the video racked up over a million views on TikTok alone.
"I need to hear this. I am definitely a mom that can't play pretend but I'm down for a board game or a walk," commented TikToke user Kim Keyes. "Thank you for this. I really needed to hear it myself. I also hate playing with my kids, I have no patience for it. But I'll do it more often," wrote Carrie Allen. "I'm so sick of parents not being real and raw about what parenting is really like. Thank you for being honest mamas," commented stfu_drea. Some users also came to Marie's defense when she faced backlash for her confession. "For the moms out there bashing this lady, you are not realistic! This is so common. I needed this! You're not alone and you're not a bad mom," wrote vanitybravo.
Meanwhile, many others echoed Marie's message of making time to play with their children. "I always remind myself that my baby didn't ask to be here. I invited him out here. So I gotta keep my company happy," wrote a user named Sweets. "Only child here. Just play with her. You are her world and her favorite person. It might not seem like a big deal to you, but for her, it's her world," commented Annajane.