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My Maternal Blue Book Value

What are your mom "extras?"When you strip motherhood down to the bare bones what we all have in common is that we are women who care for kids. That doesn’t mean we had to birth them ourselves, or even be their legal guardians, motherhood is something in every woman’s heart, even if she never has kids of her own. Sometimes we’re moms to cats, sometimes we’re moms to dozens of kids, sometimes we’re moms to other peoples’ children. It doesn’t really matter what you look like or where you’re from, it only matters that whoever is in your care is cared for to the best of your ability.

It is similar with cars. Cars can be big and flashy or small and compact, it doesn’t really matter what they look like or where they’re from as long as they get you from point A to point B safely.

However, it’s the often unseen extras that make both moms and cars a lot more fun. If I were a car I’d like to think I’d be a nice reliable midsized one with comfy seats and a fairly good reputation for safety. I’d probably be dark sparkly blue with a tan interior and a rear view back up camera, because once you have one of those you can’t really go without. I would never say I’m a superior mom in any way, but there are certainly some “aftermarket” features I have picked up along the way that make my blue book value pretty high in my family.

Here’s how my window sticker of maternal extras and bonus features would read:


  • Dancing! 1 of 10
    Dancing!
    Twelve years of classical training and three years of clubs means this mom can move and groove with the best of them. From Beiber to Babs, the all new 2013 Casey has got the moves.
  • Travel and Adventure! 2 of 10
    Travel and Adventure!
    Sometimes it may seem like the all new Casey is built for adventure. Armed with snacks and a smartphone this mom can find adventure anywhere and isn't afraid to leave the state to find it! Recent adventures include horseback riding, gem mining, zip lining and navigating public transit.
  • Cooking! 3 of 10
    Cooking!
    This mom dices, this mom slices, this mom can chop, saute and bake any delight a kid could ever want. From roast beef to red velvet cake, the all new and improved Casey can do it all thanks to Pinterest and a whole lot of practice. Best part? She'll let you help.
  • Creativity! 4 of 10
    Creativity!
    Whether it's painting a zombie pony or decorating elaborate birthday cakes, the 2013 Casey comes with plenty of creativity to spare. Never will you have to worry about being bored or leading a dull existence, because Casey has enough creativity to keep you going well into the college years and beyond.
  • Hair Skills! 5 of 10
    Hair Skills!
    There's no need to head out with a flopsy mop of hair! The 2013 Casey has the braiding skills of a ninja and the follicular creativity of a hairstylist at fashion week.
  • Extended Songs with Motions! 6 of 10
    Extended Songs with Motions!
    Through extensive research and slight obsession, Casey knows bonus lyrics to most classical nursery rhymes and tunes such as 'Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes' and 'Mary Had a Little Lamb.' Don't think that's enough? This mom also knows hand motions to most songs or can make them up on the fly!
  • Photography! 7 of 10
    Photography!
    Ever fear all your best memories will go to waste and simply disappear with terrible trends like mom jeans and acid wash? Never fear! This mom comes equipped with several different cameras and she knows how to use them all to capture the best moments in the best possible way.
  • Comfy! 8 of 10
    Comfy!
    You won't find any sharp corners or scratchy fabrics here! Casey is wrapped in cotton and ready to snuggle. She's soft where it matters and warm enough to hug. J.D. Power and Associates just named the 2013 Casey "Best in class for hugging."
  • Drama Training! 9 of 10
    Drama Training!
    Years of drama training means this mom can read stories with panache, tell tales with pizazz and isn't afraid to get a little goofy when it comes time to play no matter who's around.
  • Empathy. 10 of 10
    Empathy.
    It's taken a long time and a lot of life experiences to get Casey to where she is today. No feeling is invalid around her and she wants nothing more than for you to see how wonderful you are, exactly as you are. You won't find sarcastic, backbiting comments or criticisms here, just unconditional love and a genuine effort to do the best she can so she can send good people out into the world.

In the true spirit of transparency, there are some features that will probably never make my list. Tidy and organized is one of them, super crafty being another. I don’t know how to sew, I’m terrible at gardening, as much as I like to read I don’t do it enough, and when it comes time for makeup lessons I’m probably going to have to outsource. BUT IT’S OKAY. I know what I’m not good at, I acknowledge them, and instead choose to focus on the things I am able to do as a parent that make me the best possible mom for my girls.

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Find more of Casey’s writing on her blog moosh in indy or her Babble Voices site Shutterlovely. She’s also available on twitter, facebook, flickr and Instagram. If you can’t find her any of those places? Check the couch, she’s probably taking a nap.

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