I'm Not A Supermom. I'm Just A Mom —​ And That's Good ENOUGH

Photo: Emily Lingenfelser
family mom

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 will never be a super mom, the mom who does-it-all. My blog will never be a shrine to all my awesome mom abilities. That just isn't who I am.

I am the mom who thinks Easy Mac qualifies as "cooking."

I am the mom whose house never looks like it could be on the cover of a magazine

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" involves simple things like 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.

This article was originally published at Reprinted with permission from the author.