Friday, December 2, 2011

Moms, Let's Get Real

A piece of cake, right???
I've noticed this "mompetition" issue where some moms like to make it appear that there are little to no challenges with motherhood. Kat over at Mama Kat's Losin' It explained this phenomenon when she shared the story of a new mom she met out alone at a bar who said raising a newborn was a piece of cake. Mama Kat called B.S. and told her she had 3 kids and no, it's actually pretty hard!

The comments went on to discuss this phenomenon further with some moms giving the new mom the benefit of the doubt explaining that perhaps she's not actually at home with her newborn most of the time to actually raise it. Perhaps the newborn was in daycare or some other situation. 

I really thought that was being too nice!

In general I know many women want to appear to be supermoms (me included!), but I think if we were more honest with ourselves and each other about just how hard being a mom is, we'd be able to offer better support to each other. Honest support!

I don't know about you, but I've had so many, "Me too!" moments when fellow moms have shared embarrassing or frustrating circumstances with me. I let out a sigh of relief knowing I'm not alone.

And for me that's where social media becomes invaluable.

Twitter and the blogosphere have been such an insightful resource to see my peers working through their "real time" challenges with their LOs. I also find that to be true of a longtime forum that I'm on.

So moms, let's stop lying and be honest!

Motherhood may not be easy, but it certainly is a lot of fun. We have so much to learn from each other!

Want an example of being brutally honest? Check out this post from Sarah Mae at Like a Warm Cup of Coffee. Now that's keeping it real!