Freaky Friday: Why Being The Perfect Mom Is Overrated
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Most moms I know are trying their best to be perfect moms. When they believe they fall short, they become upset, and sometimes feel like a complete failure. There is this notion of always being the perfect mom: house is clean, children have a million activities to keep them occupied, children look presentable at all times, etc., etc.
I have an amazing mom. She was the perfect mom for her seven babes. As she has stated in the past, we were ‘free range children.’ (Not as teenagers...the reigns where tightened during those years!) Our lives were about independence, creativity, and being ourselves. Each child was different and my mother helped to foster and celebrate those differences. What made my mom a great mom was the love she gave us growing up, providing our education on so many subjects, and the memories of time spent with her.
My Aunt Liz would walk into the room and be amazed by all the different conversations going on at once, my mother in the middle of all of them, not batting an eye and keeping up with each child.
It wasn't easy raising us all, and I am sure at times my mom questioned her effectiveness, but she didn't let that stop her from enjoying the time with us. She has often said that it was the best time of her life. (It's also the fastest time in life. Cherish each moment with your little ones.)
I write this hoping that all the moms out there cut themselves a little slack. You're a good mom and you're the perfect mom for your children.