You are at a grocery store with your spirited toddler. He decides he wants out of the cart immediately to run free and uninhibited around the store. Do you:
Naturally I must have beat the odds and reigned supreme as the ultimate best mother in the history of this galaxy…RIGHT?
Not so my good friend. What actually happened was that a middle-aged gentlemen came right up behind me, looked at my toddler flipping through my iphone (gasp!) and then stared me dead in the face and loudly proclaimed, “WOW!”
Getting ready to retreat into my cloak of mommy shame and not completely sure if this was a compliment or an insult I ventured to say, “Yup it starts young hey? Heh heh…Well whatever keeps ‘em quiet…heh heh errr….” To which the man dramatically rolled his eyes and walked away clearly indicating that I had committed some unforgivable sin for offering my two year old electronics to keep him quiet.
Ok – insult it was. I can’t win.
I know I’m not alone here. I love my child with more love than I ever thought was even possible. And yet there are definitely moments that I think to myself: What I wouldn’t do right now to just lounge on a patio, go shopping alone, spend the afternoon golfing, take a girl’s vacation, etc. etc. etc.
Every mom needs other supportive moms surrounding her. This is the one time in your life where even typically very confident women can feel like they are doing it all wrong and that life is just a series of spit up, nap schedules and monotony with no reprieve…