What's the Mom Culture Where You Live?

I recently read this interesting post on Nish Happens, about the “Mom Culture” where she lives in Salt Lake City. And it got me thinking about what the culture is here in Northern Indiana.

Monday was the first day of spring break, a really nice day outside, and one of the first days that the local zoo was open. My friend and I decided to head to the zoo with our kiddos, something we do often in the summer, but we didn’t realize how crazy busy it would be. Full of moms, dads, and kids everywhere. But it did give me a good opportunity to observe the “Mom Culture” here.

And the best way I can label it is: Casual.

Despite my resolution to get dressed everyday, I was super casual, wearing yoga pants and a zip-up sweatshirt of my hubs because I don’t have any sweatshirts that fit over my growing belly. My friend was also wearing a zip up sweatshirt and jeans. And that was pretty much the uniform of most of the moms at the zoo. My hair was thrown back in a pony-tail and I wasn’t wearing any make-up, a fact I hoped was hidden by my sunglasses. But, I also really didn’t care.

I live in a medium sized city, with a few smaller towns surrounding it, and the overall feeling that I get when I’m out with my kids at the park or running errands is that there isn’t really a specific “Mom Culture” here beyond being casual and laid back, which is something I really appreciate.

And while I do think it’s really important for moms to take care of themselves, and to feel good about themselves, I’m thankful that I live in a place where I don’t feel like I have to wear certain kinds of clothes, make sure I don’t leave the house without a full face of makeup, or participate in certain activities or hobbies in order to keep up with some unwritten mom expectation.

I have enough on my plate with two little ones and a third on the way!

What’s the “Mom Culture” like where you live? Do you feel like there are unwritten expectations of how you should dress or what you should do as a mama of little ones?

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