When I imagined having kids it was going to be great. I was going to play with them all of the time and do all the things that good moms do. However, the truth of being a mom is disgusting and confusing. Many mothers many forget to do something or purposely commit ‘mom sins’ that they like to keep in silence. The shame of not doing what you think is required of a great mom is a real thing. Being a mother is a tough job and the fact that sometimes we may not be the perfect model is just the plain truth. Here are just a few confessions of the truth of what it is like to be a mom.
Mix matched socks
Trying to get out of the house with children becomes a three-ring circus. Things are never where they are suppose to be, and even if they are for some reason your children ‘forget’ where things are. Knowing these facts means going somewhere in a hurry is almost impossible. Therefore, a true mother confession includes mix-match socks. When in a hurry and things are array it is never a surprise to see a child going out the door with mix matched socks. This is especially true in cool weather because it is hidden underneath pants. During the summer, sandals eliminate the need for socks. True mothers will put mix match socks on their children.
Not so regular showers
This one is pretty well known with newborns. Moms just can not get a shower everyday. With each child a shower for mom becomes more of a luxury then a necessity. This is not to say that mothers do not value personal hygiene; it just means in a hurry a mom can take a shower quicker then you can tell them they need one. A lot of new mothers with newborns are known not to be completely hygienic on a daily basis, but this does not change with older kids. Pardon us if the idea of a small voice interrupting us during our shower does not sound exciting enough to clean. As most moms will tell you, even if you got in the shower chances are good that you will have to get out before you are truly clean (most of the time right after you apply the body wash) to referee some fight that as suddenly occurred in the house.
Along with the mismatched socks, clean clothes can sometimes be impossible to find. I feel like a college man when I catch my self sniffing the pants I found on the floor to truly see if they are dirty. For some reason, children may thing they have to change their clothes all of the time (especially true for little girls) so most of the time you can find ‘clean’ clothes on the floor. Both of my children had this habit of emptying their dresser just because they were bored or other reasons that make no sense. When a mom does get a chance to do laundry odds are really good that the clean clothes spend so much time in a basket that they get unfolded and no one knows what is clean anyhow.
Before kids your snooze button is the button on top of your alarm clock. However, after kids it is the remote control you hand them while trying to sleep. Every mother at some point will hand over the control to the electronic box just to get some more sleep. The difference between the two snooze buttons is that the alarm clock gives you 7-9 minutes before it goes off again, but a child with a controller might give you about 2 minutes. In the long run it may seem useless to hand over that controller, but we keep trying. One of these days maybe they will learn that they can get away with more if they just let mom sleep and this leads me to the next confession….
Cereal in a box
Moms do not always have time to fix breakfast or the energy to do such. A sleeping mom will tell the kids to just grab the box and eat the cereal directly out of it. This of course will only lead to a mess when the kids start to fight and spill the cereal all over the floor. Being a mom means that you may not always wake before you kids and have a plate of pancakes and bacon waiting. Sometimes reaching into the fridge for milk can be a task that is too much.