I’m a mom of two young children. I DO a lot of things with them, and for them, every. single. day. And day, after day, after day.
I’m a mom, doing things is just what we do, right?
But, sometimes I think in the world of blogging you can read about a mom, her kids and her family, her home, and everything that she does, and think that she does it all. Somehow the words on the screen become larger than life, as if it what she writes is all of what her life is about, and it starts to seem like she’s a supermom. That she does it all and has it all together. I know I’ve felt that way when I read other women’s blogs.
But, the blog posts and the pictures are not the whole of the life she leads behind her computer screen. The reality is she’s a mom, and just like every other mom, has her good days and bad days, and the days where the dishes get left piled up in the sink and the toys are strewn about on the floor, and she yells at her kids, again. And when I say “she” here, I, of course, mean “me”.
Maybe you don’t think I’m a supermom, and that’s okay, because I’m so definitely not. But maybe you wonder how I do all of the things I seem to do, or maybe you’ve read another blog and have thought that about the mom who writes it. Well for every thing that I do, there are probably at least two things that I don’t do. You just don’t hear about the “don’ts” as often.
I was thinking the other day about how I don’t sit on the floor and play with my kids very often. Almost never, actually. And I was starting to feel bad about it. Then, I started to think of all of the different things that I don’t do as a mom of a toddler. And I felt really bad.
A little while later though, I began to think of all of the things that I do as a mom, and I decided I was okay with at least most of the things that I don’t do. Because I’m really happy with the things that I am able to do, and it’s okay to not be able to do everything.
I thought that some of you mamas might be able to relate to feeling bad about things that you don’t do with your kids. So, I just wanted to be real and share ten of the the things that I don’t do as a mama of a toddler.
And I’d love to hear in the comments the things that you don’t do, and whether you’re okay with it, or if you feel guilty about it sometimes, like I do.
Okay, so here we go.
Now it’s your turn — Let’s share what we don’t do so we can help each other remember than none of us are supermom!
See my response to all of the comments on this post — both the positive and the negative ones — The Gift of Being a Parent.