I’ve been seeing a few renditions of you’re doing ok mom posts going around the internet in the past week. I read them. I shared them. I nodded along to the cries of “it’s ok to be NORMAL”. My mom friends are chatting too, and saying yes! This! We need to be normal! Sure it’s cool to do pinterest crafts once in a while, or make a fancy meal at home, or take your family out to dinner and eat dessert FIRST, or to take a sweet vacation. The problem is that with social media feeding us information 24/7 it can often feel like we don’t do ANYTHING compared to our friends who are obviously living. it. up.
At this very moment, I can look at Facebook or Twitter or Instagram and follow along as my friends dine on fancy meals in Chicago, board flights for this weekend’s blog conference in Texas, make plans for their upcoming Disney trip, show off their gourmet lunch or debut a new craft they spent all weekend working on. But here’s the important part – THOSE ARE NOT FROM THE SAME PERSON.
We have so many more friends in the age of internet than we ever did growing up that it would be so easy to point to your news feed and think look at ALL THE THINGS! Everyone is doing great things but ME!
Sure, there are the outliers who have travel jobs or just seem happy all the time. But if you really dig in you will see that they aren’t always into everything like it seems. And we are all guilty of putting our best
foot face forward. Who wouldn’t?
Here’s a little truth in advertising for you from a recent family trip to see the Harlem Globetrotters. It really was a fantastic night and we had a blast! But even in the midst of the fun we had a cranky baby up past his bedtime (which is unusual) and a preschooler who needs ear protection to enjoy any public event these days.
The next time you find yourself jealous of that happy family picture in your feed, just remember that it probably started something like this –
The mother will not be moved however, because we are having fun, dammit!
Easy, effortless family fun. Ahhhh.
I love each of these pictures for what they are: real. I’m doing ok as a mom. And so are you, no matter what shows up in your news feed.