The Measure of a Mom

6 Jun

Some moms:

  • Never yell at their children.
  • Never let the stress show.
  • Think their children are perfect.
  • Let their children get away with murder.
  • Have patience with their children.
  • Jump at the chance to build blocks for the millionth time in one day.
  • Feed their kids the recommended daily allowance of fruits, veggies, grains, etc.
  • Never let their children eat junk food or drink too much juice.
  • Work outside the home and still have enough time and energy to successfully balance home work.
  • Never say something they’ll regret to their children.
  • Always look put together.
  • Love their children and would do anything for them.

This mom:

  • Feels like I yell too much at my children.
  • Has stress written all over my face.
  • Would never want my children to be perfect.
  • Worries when they play rough with each other.
  • Steadily loses my patience over the course of a day.
  • Throws my head back in emotional exhaustion when asked to play anything for the millionth time in one day.
  • Is happy if my children just eat their food.
  • Lets them have a few of my chips when they catch me secretly snacking in the kitchen.
  • Doesn’t work outside the home and still finds it hard to be successful at home work.
  • Usually ends the day with regrets about something I said/did as a parent.
  • Wears shirts and jeans with holes in them and desperately needs a haircut.
  • Loves my children and would do anything for them.

Super Mom versus Good Enough Mom.  Despite all the differences, in the end, we are the same – moms who care.

5 Responses to “The Measure of a Mom”

  1. Scoop June 8, 2008 at 3:30 pm #

    The some moms don't exist…they just fake it better.
    You are more than a good enough mom. You're a great mom. Are you taking classes? You mentioned homework.

  2. Are You ZaZa? June 8, 2008 at 5:21 pm #

    You're probably right that they just fake it better! Makes me wonder what they're like for real you know? Thanks for saying I'm a great mom, I certainly don't feel like it half the time! Oh, and the "home work" was just referring to work at home like dishes, laundry, shopping, cleaning and all that stuff to keep the home running!

  3. Scoop June 8, 2008 at 5:39 pm #

    Gotcha! I was getting really jealous! I want to pursue my Masters Degree ( especially after my job loss scare) but where does one find the time?

  4. gummibunny June 11, 2008 at 8:29 pm #

    Love it! I think you're right – loving and caring for the kids is what really matters.

  5. mom valles June 13, 2008 at 12:51 pm #

    It's true, the other mom's are just better at faking who they are. Who are these women who never yell at their kids, etc?!!! How do you know what goes on in their homes when you are not there???? The older I get the more I realize that all mothers are making a lot of the same mistakes….some just forgive themselves more quickly than others. Give yourself a break; your a great mom with incredible kids (not that I'm prejudiced). Just remember we all do the very best we can and the rest is up to God. Love you and miss you, Mom/Lola

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