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The other day I saw a quote that really rang true in my heart – “Behind every great kid is a Mom who’s pretty sure she’s screwing it all up.” I believe some of the best people I know came from a Mom who was open, honest, and up front about not having her ducks in a row. Motherhood is messy, chaotic, and anything but perfect.
Sadly, there is so much pressure to be perfect in a society that relies on social media for inspiration and the definition of success. I worry there is a lack of honest Moms on social media, pressuring new Moms to try harder and hide their mistakes, instead of celebrating the real. From exotic family vacations to picture perfect milestones caught on camera to never-ending creative content, how can it all be real? It’s exhausting to even imagine being able to live up to an InstaMom who pays attention to their child 24/7.
I am not perfect – neither is my home, my marriage, nor my children. I have bad days and difficult days and days where I feel like the worst Mom ever. Let me tell you about the time Ailey ate a tube of mascara while I was chatting on the phone. How about when Ailey walked halfway to the neighborhood park next door while I was changing my pants? Then there was the time she stuck her hands in a can of paint and wiped them all over her hair and the carpet.
All Moms make mistakes and it’s OK to admit when we do.
For some reason Ailey has been on the receiving end of most of my Mommy mistakes. Perhaps it’s because she is the second child, or that she’s always in my shadow when I’m doing something else, one may never know. As an infant she had sensitive skin and it took a few trials and errors to figure out what was causing all of the irritation. In the last two years I’ve learned from many mistakes. I now know while there’s no one right way to parent, there is a superior way to care for my baby’s skin.
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“Celebrating the Real” is taking the good with the bad – the tantrums with the hugs – the messy house with the takeout dinner and tv before bed. Not every day is ideal, but being a Mother is the best job I could ever have. To embrace what is good in Motherhood, we have to celebrate the real!
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