Being a Mom isn’t easy, but it’s the most rewarding thing you’ll ever do! There are day’s when it seems as if nothing is going right and you’re totally failing at parenting. Moments of pure bliss when you feel like you can conquer anything, and our kids who love us no matter how crazy, stressed and overprotective we may be. Here are 11 truths every Mom can relate to…
No. 1: All Sippy Cups Leak! Even though they proudly claim on their labels “Spill Proof” or “Leak Free”, it’s a sham! Some leak more than others. Some start to leak after a few uses. But at one point or another they all leak. It’s annoying and I’m tired of finding dribbles of milk on the couch!
No. 2: There is not one right answer when it comes to parenting! I say this all the time, what works well for me and my family might not work for you and vice versa. There are many different resources out there. Be informed, make a choice and own it. Doesn’t matter if you make a different choice than your friends, your neighbor or even your own mom. If it’s best for your family, that’s all that matters.
No. 3: Mommy brain does exists! And it sucks! It starts off as pregnancy brain, once your baby is born it becomes Mommy brain. I don’t know if it’s the sleep deprivation, the hundreds of items on your weekly to-do list, or the responsibility of caring for someone other than yourself 24/7, but I can’t seem to remember much of anything! What was I saying?..
No. 4: Remember that this too shall pass! Whether your 1 year old dumps an entire box of Cheerios on the ground, your toddler gets permanent marker all over themselves, or one or all of your kids has a major meltdown while waiting to checkout at the grocery store, Mom’s face new challenges everyday. It’s OK to get frustrated, it’s OK to cry and it’s OK to feel like you failed. Just remember that tomorrow is a new day! No one is perfect and no one has perfect kids 100% of the time. You are not alone and this too shall pass!
No. 5: There is always an audience when you use the bathroom! Let’s face it, there is a radar that goes off the second we sit down on the toilet. If your kids are like mine, they like to use this time to show you their new dace moves, sing you a song, ask you difficult life questions or just sit and watch you. (The last one isn’t awkward at all!) If you close the door they will open it, stick their fingers under it, or bang on it until you come out. There is no such thing as bathroom privacy when you’re a Mom!
No. 6: Your cell phone is so full of kid pics you can’t take any more! You are constantly snapping away at those cute faces your baby makes, or always taking videos of your kids doing just about anything, that you are always out of storage. You make a mental note to upload all of your pictures and videos but then that darn Mommy brain kicks in and you completely forget until the next time you go to snap a pic! UGH!
No. 7: You are usually the last one to eat! You dish up your plate at the same time as everyone else, so what happens? The baby starts crying, one of the kids needs more milk, said milk spills and you have to clean it up, someone wants a second helping…That’s OK, I wasn’t that hungry anyway!
No. 8: You are much more understanding when you see babies crying or kids throwing a tantrum than ever before! Instead of staring, eye rolling or getting annoyed when you see a baby or kid crying in public, you now feel sympathy. You know what it’s like to be on the other end of that situation and it’s not fun!
No. 9: You ARE Mom enough! We tend to use our friends, social media, T.V., and even strangers as a measuring stick. Don’t! As long is your kids are happy, healthy, fed and loved then you are doing a great job! Don’t worry about what others think of your parenting style. Worry about how the choices you make for your family affect them!
No. 10: Silence is NOT golden! When you’re a Mom of young kids, silences means someone is up to something and it’s not good. New masterpiece on your bedroom wall, dog food spilled all over the kitchen floor, little brother got a new haircut…silence, not good!
No. 11: You will love your kids more than life itself! You don’t know just how much selfless, intense love you have to give until you become a Mom. There truly are no words to describe a Mother’s love for her child!
What would you add to the list?