End of last year I stumbled upon a statement tee on Instagram, “I’m not a regular mom, I’m a cool mom!”.
At first I wasn’t sure about the message seeing as I AM a regular mom. But the tee stuck and it got me thinking about motherhood and what being a mom today means.In 2012 when I had my 1st it was all about being the “perfect mom”. No sugar, no TV, all wooden and educational toys, home made everything and pretty much nailing parenting, all while sharing every precious moment on Facebook. Thank goodness that’s over, I was exhausted!
2014 brought us our 2nd and saw the return of the “hippie mama”. (I was so happy being a tree-hugger at heart my entire life). Cloth nappies, organic everything, the fight to normalise breast-feeding and popping out the boob in public, now capturing life as it happens on Instagram.
Fast forward to 2017 and all you hear is “keeping it real”…
What exactly do these labels mean? “PERFECT”, “HIPPIE”, “REAL”, “REGULAR”, “COOL”…
Sorry, I don’t know either.
Now that we have our 3rd on the way the only real advice I have for regular moms is that we are all cool!In my opinion, once you’re a mom you’re in and part of the COOL MOM’s club for life. It doesn’t matter if you are a super mom of four working 2 jobs while making home cooked dinners every night or a stay-at-home mama to one, barely hitting the shower everyday. Maybe you are a sassy, sexy, hipster mom with an Insta-account that looks like Baby Vogue or a eco-warrior, breast feeding your 3 year old with pride! We are all moms, which means we should not judge. You know we are judging ourselves MORE than enough trying to live up to all the labels we are suppose to be.So, although I hate new year’s resolutions, 2017 definitely has me clinging to one that I think all mamas should share…
REMEMBER: Those little people calling you mama don’t need you to be anything but yourself! God doesn’t make mistakes he sent you the right kid(s) and you are the coolest mama for them. So go on Mama, buy the tee. You deserve it too!
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PHOTO CREDIT | Anje-Ilana Nel from Madison & West.