Wouldn't it be nice if there were awards for parenting?
Maybe you do some awesome parenting thing and some committee somewhere
awards you a trophy or even a ribbon.
I mean, have you seen those awesome "adulting"
ribbons on Etsy? They say things like "I Put on Pants Today" and "Adulting
Honorable Mention." There should definitely be some for moms that said
things like, "Best Use of Green Vegetables in a Casserole," "I Didn't Yell
Today" and "Above Average LEGO Creation."
Sadly, as moms we know one thing: If
we want a damn ribbon, we're going to have to get in the car, drive to
Michaels, buy the silk and the fabric paint and make our own damn ribbon. And
who has time for that?
So how do you know if you're winning at this parenting thing if
no one jumps out of a cake to give you a ribbon? Sometimes it's a gut
feeling; things work out the way you intended, or you've prepared for
every contingency and are ready when the worst happens. Sometimes it's in the
admiring glance of another parent or the "atta girl!" from a friend who saw you
do it right. But sometimes, sometimes you just don't know, you know? That's
what motherhood is. It's doing your best, hurdling the obstacles while not
being able to see the finish line (because there isn't a finish line when it
comes to being a mom—it's a lifelong pursuit) and just pushing through.
If you've ever found yourself in one of these situations,
give yourself a pat on the back, because you're winning, Mom. You're winning.
1. You multi-task so well that people ask you how you do it.
2. Your bed is made, there is a meal in the Crock Pot, the last
load of laundry is in the dryer and it's only 3 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.
3. You remembered to bring a change of clothes for yourself as
well as the kids when you went to the park.
4. Today, at least, you only ate food on your own plate and fed the kids' leftovers to the dog.
5. The birthday party invitation said it was OK to drop off—and
not only did you drop your kid off, but you also took yourself to lunch.
6. You slept—comfortably and without the addition of a child—through
the night. And so did your kid.
7. You are a whiz at arts and crafts and can come up with a fun
weekend project at the first mention of a torrential rainstorm.
8. Your kid got sick, your spouse got sick, even the teacher at
school got sick, but you took your Vitamin C, sprayed the house in disinfectant
and managed, somehow, to avoid getting sick. (And you're knocking wood as you
9. You let the kids clear the table after dinner. You may have cringed when they were loading the dishwasher, but you let them do it on their own.
10. Instead of yelling at your kid mid-tantrum, you used your
magical powers of diversion and distraction to make her laugh.
11. You did just enough housework to make your spouse notice and
appreciate your efforts, but not so much that you didn't have time to watch an
episode of "Downton Abbey."
12. That Pinterest recipe you made came out perfect.
13. You uploaded an original recipe to Pinterest and people are
14. Your child came home with a homemade Valentine that read, "I
love you, Mommy."
15. You are the recipient of spontaneous hugs and kisses even
after you've been "mean Mommy" and turned off the TV.
16. A friend asked you for parenting advice, and you actually
had something helpful to tell her.
17. Your kid's birthday is still a month away, but you already
have the invitations, decorations and the must-have present he wants.
18. Someone tells you that you should start a mom blog because
you are so good at being a mom.
19. You said "no" to working overtime so you could be at your
kid's soccer game.
20. You said "no" to being room mother for the second year in a
row. Let someone else have the opportunity to work on crafts, right?