There’s no such thing as a perfect child and therefore the fairytale that is a perfect Mom does not exist either. Motherhood is different for everyone and survival is the goal for everyday – not Pinterest perfect, gluten-free muffins for breakfast and not homemade outfits from recycled curtains – let’s just say that Babyzilla is known to have a bag of Cheetos puffs for breakfast. As a mom, I try to set lofty goals for myself but not too high in order to avoid disappointment later. After all, my everyday goal is to not lose my temper too badly and avoid causing permanent damage to the kids, and that I’ll make it home with all kids in tow so I can put those little
dictators angels to bed and have a bottle glass of wine and possibly catch some Netflix with Michael.
In all Mommy honesty, we have all those days where we hide in the bathroom to get an extra 2 minutes of Facebook viewing while risking a toddler going out the front door. Just kidding…the seven year-old was watching her. Oh, I mean, my unicorn was….
I want to share with you my top not-so-perfect-Mommy practices in order to (hopefully) let you have the honest conversations with fellow mommies. The point is, the idea that a mommy has to be everything and do everything is not realistic (even with a badass partner like my husband!) and I refuse to emotionally beat myself up based on what some Pinterest mommy board tells me. If you drop by on any given day, you will find that my house is probably messy, we are eating sandwiches for dinner, and someone may be skipping bath night because I want to relax and maybe run to the gym. Mommy tip…dry shampoo works on kids too!
I could try harder to “do it all” but that would mean that I would have to be more selfless, and I refuse to give up myself. Yep, I would rather have an hour at the gym and live with a messy playroom. I can walk away from that playroom and not look at it all day. I have to look at myself in the mirror and it will be a constant reminder that I didn’t take care of myself and hit the gym. As a mom, I have to constantly weigh decisions based on everyone’s needs and sometimes, I am more important. And, that’s ok.
Behold, my top three shameful Mommy behaviors that I’d like to say I’m going to change but I probably won’t because I accept that I am allowed to be a little bit selfish:
#3. Daycare Hair. I’m not capable of mastering simple hair styles.
I was blessed with a full head of thick, wavy hair that I can straighten, curl, or do anything with. Unfortunately, I only really learned to do my hair two ways…down, or up in a ponytail. I used to think that having a daughter would motivate me to learn how to braid and do all of the cool, girly hair styles you see on Pinterest. Um no. That did not happen and I struggle with doing anything with Isabella’s long locks besides plopping a bow in it or pulling it up in a ponytail. Her daycare must see my struggle too because ever since Babyzilla began going there, she comes home with beautiful braids and hairstyles that I could never learn to do on my own. One morning, she even told me not to mess with her hair because she was going to get it done at school. Oh my.
#2. Co-sleeping. Sometimes, it’s just easier to coral them in one room.
Babyzilla and Antonio are both lucky to have their own bedrooms with queen sized beds. But, they usually end up together in Antonio’s room. Bedtime is tricky because on a good day, it only takes twenty minutes for people to settle down while on a bad day, this could take hours. We let the kids sleep in the same room because Antonio is obedient about turning off the lights and following the routine we ask him to do. Then lately, it never fails that Babyzilla comes crawling into our master bedroom at 5 AM and snuggles in between us. I’m not getting up at 5 AM to do anything much less fight a threenager on going back to her own room. I value my precious sleep moments that early in the morning and so I often have a tiny person wrapped around my head like a cat.
#1. Mommy Doesn’t Cook…My Daddy Only Cooks. When my son was in Kindergarten, he proudly presented me with an “All About Mom” booklet that he had worked on for Mother’s Day. The results of the first page sent me through a roller coaster of emotions and made me realize the way my child sees me through his eyes is so much more simpler than how I see myself. The page read:
So, my immediate reaction to the cooking comment was that it is true (kudos to Michael) and then I proceeded to laugh at the squash comment because i don’t even remember the last time I ate squash. I am a chocolate and bacon type of girl. Almost three years later and my son will now say that cooking is done 50% by Daddy and 50% by Mommy. Yay for Blue Apron!
Healthy eating and an active life style are important things I am trying to teach my kids, but I won’t ban McDonald’s from our diets…only the “chicken” nuggets. I have slowly in the past couple of years embraced this whole cooking concept and we do cook for about half of the week. Kitchen is closed on weekends unless someone wants to get fancy and make pancakes.
Guilt, shame and feelings of insecurity are things every mom struggles with on a daily basis. Instead of focusing on the things I can’t do, I try to accept my faults and focus on the Wins of the Day as Kendra has so eloquently suggested to all of us. Sometimes, those wins include reading bedtime stories and goodnight hugs and kisses. Other times, it means celebrating that I squeezed in twenty minutes to workout. A good litmus test on getting perspective is always hearing my son pray at night. No matter how much I discipline him or nag him about everyday “stuff”, he always thanks God that I am his mother. That and the fact that he says I’m sweet as pop tarts.