Amazon Prime- How Would We Parent Without It?

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box on doorstep | Amazon | Providence MomCall it sad.

Call it laziness.

Call it I’m-too-disorganized-to-get-out-of-my-own-way-some-days.

Call it what you like, but, for me, Amazon Prime makes being a parent in 2020 so much easier.

There’s just so much we need to keep track of as parents in 2020. Work, sports, extracurricular activities, CCD, doctor’s appointments fill up our calendars.  Parents are expected to juggle it all and get their kids there on time and with everything they need.  Add in social events (for both the kids and grown-ups), just keeping up on general household stuff (the laundry doesn’t do itself after all), and some months I have only a handful of days that something isn’t going on.  This, honestly, makes shopping time-consuming in world where time is precious.

Let’s face it: you blink and the kids’ underwear is too small, socks are orphaned, the granola bar supply runs low, there’s another birthday party to go to, you still don’t have a gift, and you forgot you volunteered to bring in a very specific color of yellow cups and plates for the next school event.  We won’t even talk about the times we’ve run precariously low on toilet paper.

Amazon has saved my sanity in those situations and more; so many times in the past.  There is pretty much nothing Amazon doesn’t have.  With prime shipping, it’s a no-brainer.  You get whatever you need quickly which is a big plus for someone like me who is a chronic procrastinator.  Let’s not even get started on the fact that there are also great deals for shopping in bulk (that was great in the diaper and wipes days).

Don’t worry, I still shop local and make an effort to support businesses in my community.
I don’t always beeline to Amazon or big box stores for everything.  But the ability to get some shopping done from the comfort of my own home, in my pajamas, while sipping on an adult beverage and comparing prices is pretty darn awesome.  Never mind all of the times I’ve randomly remembered something I needed and have whipped out my phone, opened the Amazon app and purchased said item in less than 5 minutes.  Like I said: chronic procrastinator.

So I’m taking ownership of it, loud and proud!  Did you like my kid’s 100th day of school get-up where he dressed like a 100-year-old man?  Scored those supplies on Amazon 3 days before it happened.  The tablecloths that matched the theme of my kid’s last party?  Found those on Amazon.  Were the Valentines my kids wrote last year super cute?  Yup, picked those out on Amazon.  The extra tissues and disinfectant wipes the school requested during the height of flu season?  You guessed it.  Amazon.

There.  I admitted it.  I don’t know how I’d get it all done, at least with my wits intact, without Amazon.  Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have some shopping to do.

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Robin Barton
Robin is a working mother of two very precious, but very precocious sons ages 8 and 5. A lifelong Rhode Islander, she lives in the Providence area with her husband of 13+ years and boys. She is a Bryant University graduate (back in the day when it used to be called Bryant College) where she also received an MBA. In between refereeing her boys' impromptu wrestling matches, carting them between school and practice and handling occasional work issues outside business hours, Robin enjoys cooking/baking (but not the mess they create), 80s music, checking out family friendly events/destinations, visiting new breweries and wineries with her hubby, buying new makeup and taking WAY too many photos (YOLO). She also considers herself an aficionado of naps. Robin believes that it is possible to find both motherhood and a career simultaneously rewarding, with the right support system....and an Amazon Prime account.

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