Wednesday, 26 July 2017
Different yet great!
Girlfriends, I got to get something off my chest.
My house is never clean. Like ever. I have friends (with kids) whose houses are spotless. Are they better mothers than me? Nope. Am I a better mother than them? Nope.
I work out every day. I have mum friends who don't exercise. (I mean other than running around like crazy people after their kids). Does that make either of us a better mum? Nope.
I have a friend who gave birth in a pool in her living room. I pushed mine out in a hospital bed after receiving a gift from the epidural fairy. Both of us are good mums.
I drink a beer or glass of wine (sometimes in front of my kids!) on occasion. I'm a good mum. My neighbor and good friend doesn't drink. Also a good mum.
I'm a yeller. I have a good friend who is quiet and extremely patient. I envy her. But we are both good mums.
I have friends who are super organic, chemical free, and dye free. My kids sometimes eat popsicles for breakfast. The cheap kind that are 50 for $2.00. Are either of us better than the other? Nope.
I swear, but not in front of my kids. Are you a bad mum if you do? Hell no.
I'm involved with my kids' school but I don't volunteer and live there every day. Are the mums who volunteer daily any better than those who never do? No. Am I incredibly grateful for the mums who volunteer every day and help the teachers? YES.
Are stay-at-home mums better than working mums? NO.
Are working mums better than stay-at-home mums? NO.
Are married mums better than single mums? NO.
Are you a better mum if you take your kids on exotic vacations? NO.
Can you be a good mum if you the closest thing you get to a vacation is the park? YES.
Can you be a good mum and have a super scheduled summer with lots of planned activities? Yep.
What about if your summer is lazy with no plans? Yep.
Do good mums let their kids watch TV? Yes.
Play video games? Yes.
What about if you say no? Also fine. Your choice. You're the mum. And a good one.
I'm a Christian. My friend and neighbor is Muslim. Another friend practices no religion at all. WE ARE ALL GOOD MOTHERS.
My other friend is gay. Her kids have TWO mothers. They are both good mums.
I breastfed. My kids barely had any formula. Am I better than mums who give their kids formula? NO.
So how about this? Can we all climb down off judgmental mountain for a second? And just support one another? And just say, Hey, motherhood is hard. You're doing a good job. Raising kids can knock the wind out of a person. You got this.
How awesome would that be? Just a thought.