More and more it seems as if motherhood has become a competition, and everybody thinks that they are winning. It really got me thinking: what makes a good mother?
I don’t think it is the material things, the things that people can see from a glance. It isn’t cloth diapering, breastfeeding, or car seat safety. Being a good mother does not necessarily mean that you know everything or that your life is perfect.
Too often we get so caught up in the idea of what it means to successfully raise our children that we forget the important stuff, the things that really matter.
I am the mom who thinks Easy Mac qualifies as “cooking.”
I am the mom who hates giving advice about being a mom, because seriously, does it look like I know what I am doing?
I am the mom who loses my temper, my patience, and my car keys.
I am the mom who does the same load of laundry three to four times before remembering to put the clothes in the dryer.
I am the mom who brings store-bought cookies to the birthday party.
I am the mom whose idea of being “presentable” involvessimple thingslike brushing my hair and actually remembering to put deodorant on.
I am the mom who thinks clothes are not necessarily dirty after being worn once.
I am the mom who hands my kid a cell phone to get fifteen more minutes of sleep.
I am the mom who is okay with not being a super mom. Because I am still a good mom.
Being a good mother is not something that you can purchase on Etsy or Target. It cannot be bought in a store or acquired by reading books. More importantly, being a good mother is subjective to each mom and child.
Stop worrying about who a good mother is supposed be, and be the mother that you are.