The world of social media has become the "village" for women who remember what it was like when we were young and our own mothers gathered to chat, share ideas, gossip and even bicker from time to time. And just like the ladies in our living rooms, the cast of characters on those social screens is colorful, diverse and oh so much fun to identify. As a blogger myself, I've loving labeled some of my favorites. (I'm sure you'll recognize several of them from your own friends, but if you're anything like me, none of them even closely resemble ourselves.) So feel free to giggle, share and even tag your friends in the comments!
The Man-Basher Mom
This is the mom who can take even the most well written, loving Father's Day post and make it all about why men suck and women should be A-sexual. Her typical post contains an unreasonable amount of male-directed obscenitites and she talks mostly about her uterus, her heroic schedule and child support.
But we love her because she reminds us of how amazing we are and how fabulous it is to have someone to "tag us out" when we get too busy. Although secretly, we know she really just needs to get a date already.
The Man-Loving Mom
Her social presence is completely wrapped up in her man's identity. Whether it's her husband or her boyfriend of the week, her posts are filled with so much male praise it makes us want to write "Get a room!" One way to spot this mom is the outpour of mundane photos of the selfies of them together accompanied by extravagantly complimentary captions like "I am the luckiest woman in the world. I have the most amazing husband and father ever!" (Ughh.)
Although it's true that she has enough love already, we love her because in a society with a staggering divorce rate, we appreciate her ability to build up her man even when things get tough. Perhaps that recycled post about how lucky she is seems a bit contrived at times, but let's apply the ideology of "you get what you focus on" and celebrate her willingness to be the positive element. It's enough to make us want to be nicer to our men too.
The Pinterest Perfect Mom
Her profile is like a page from a magazine. From homemade Halloween costumes and gourmet meals to perfect report cards and Norman Rockwell-esque picnics, this mom posts all things perfection, all the time and is apparently the most well-adjusted woman on the planet! She is happiest on Pinterest, but will gladly post her achievements on Facebook or write a post for LinkedIn — if that's where you'll see it.
None of us like her, but we really do love her because of our inner knowing that she has insecurity issues and that the picture she should have posted (but didn't) was the one of her toddler throwing a temper tantrum in the frozen foods section of Walmart where we all know she buys her "homemade" cherry pie. That, and the fact that she challenges us all to be a slightly better version of ourselves (but we won't tell her that). Keep reading...
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