That whole ‘having it all together’ thing – we so judge ourselves against other mums, don’t we?
Because we do all know one (or more) who just seem to have everything clicked into place – kids always immaculate, house pristine, fridge full of prepped meals in Tupperware… whilst we lurch from one late play date to another, eating finger food in the car, losing toddler socks and our marbles all along the way.
And YET despite all that, we will often be told how well behaved our little ones are, or how well we’re doing juggling it all. Even when we feel ourselves like all those balls are only one second away from all crashing to the ground…
So we loved this very honest Facebook post from mum-of-2 Cierra Fortner, who has totally nailed the whole scenario – and urged other mums not to sweat the small stuff, because actually, we’re all doing just fine.
Even if we are frantically flapping our feet out of sight under the water – or, indeed, if like Cierra, we have some v real health probs, too.
Cierra’s uber honest summing up – which includes the bare bones about her mental health issues – has gone mega crazy on the shares, with almost 93k readers spreading her wise words.
Here’s what she wrote:
“Today I was at Walmart doing my weekly Friday shopping when the cashier says to me “I see you in here all the time, your kids are always dressed cute, behaving and you just seem to have it all together” at the time I just thanked her and giggled because that’s far from the truth but as I drove home there was more I wanted her to know about me.
“I want her to know I battle a personality disorder everyday with anxiety and depression mixed and I’m a two times suicide survivor.
“I want her to know that I can’t always get myself up off the couch to feed them anything more than frozen pizza and cereal.
“I want her to know that my son is late for school 3 out of 4 days because I regularly forget what day and time it is, despite the toddler size calendar in my kitchen.
“I want her to know I have those “I’m losing my shit” moments when I have to lock myself in the bathroom and cry.
“I want her to know I wasn’t always the most active mom because I use to work 80 hours a week and go to school full time and Jayce spent many days and nights with his grandparents.
“I want her to know that I hadn’t washed my hair in 3 days and my kids hadn’t had a bath in 2.
“I want her to know that I was trying to hurry out of there because I had forgot the diaper bag at home and Brenton was hungry.
“I want her to know that once we got to the parking lot the “well behaved” child decided to stand up in the cart and I wasn’t paying attention and barely caught him as he almost hit the concrete.
“But most importantly I want her to know I don’t have it together and may never have it all together. I don’t know a mother out there that has it all together but everything we do is done with love for our children and that right there makes you the perfect mom and in our children’s eyes we most definitely have it all together.
“From one exhausted mom to another, you’re doing great, have that melt down, let your kids eat the crap out of that cereal and take care of yourself always.”
Amazing stuff, huh? And she is SO right, don’t you agree? Let us know in the comments or over on Facebook.