Saturday, September 12, 2009

Supermom is a Myth

Thank you all so much for the sweet/funny comments about me botching the first day of school. I actually can laugh a little at it now. I really learned a lot from that experience, even though it was painful at the time.

I almost didn't even post that entry. I was just going to wait and post the pictures on Tuesday and pretend like that really was the first day of school. Then no one would have ever known that I made such a big blunder. And when I make this blog into a book (using, Clayton would never realize that his mother goofed up his first day of preschool in 2009. But... then I thought about it and I decided to own up to my mistake. I am a real person. I make mistakes every. single. day. I don't want to come across as someone who's life is always sunshine and roses.

Because it's not.

I am figuring out motherhood everyday, just like every other mom. I love my kids to pieces and work my hiney off to give them a great childhood, just like every other mom. I struggle with discipline and dividing my time between my children, just like every other mom. My goal is not to be seen as a perfect mother. My goal is to grow children who love the Lord. No more, no less. And I know full well that I make mistakes constantly in my quest to point my children towards Christ. The good news is that God's grace covers all of those errors and, at times, He even uses those imperfections to teach me.

I learned through this experience that the term "supermom" is a big, fat myth. We're all just doing the best we can and shouldn't judge each other (good or bad) for how we do things. I have been guilty of doing that myself. I'll read about moms who make their own baby food and think to myself, "Wow, that's amazing. That person is a really great mom." How ridiculous is that?!?! To be honest, making my own baby food just isn't that big of a priority to me. If you feel strongly about homemade baby food, then, by all means, go for it. It's just that I'm going to stick to good ole Gerber. And that doesn't make me any less of a mother.

So, please don't ever let my blog make you feel bad about yourself. That's what I really want to say. I try to plan fun activities with my kids because I learned long ago that being a stay at home mom can get very monotonous (for the mother & the children) if you spend all day, every day at home. And I share ideas and "boredom busters" with all of you in hopes that they will help other moms out. None of those are ideas that I came up with all by myself. They are just things that I have researched online, read in magazines, and figured out from friends. For every "supermom" type of thing that I do, there are about 10 mistakes that I make. No one is perfect, least of all me.

Sorry that was a little heavy. I just had to get that off of my chest. I couldn't stand the thought that my blog made other people feel like they were less of a mother than I am. We're all just doing the best we can, right?

Y'all have a good weekend! Light hearted posts coming soon... :)


Doug and Kelli said...

Love your new blog look. I need help getting a background to work. How did you get your to work only on the sides?