“I was such a good mom before I had kids.” –All Moms
We make so many vows before we have kids: "I will not have the child who throws tantrums
in the middle of the grocery store. I
will not feed my kids sugar. I will not
bribe my kids to get them to behave. I
will not scream at them. I will not talk
about parenting techniques during cocktail parties. I will still go to the gym every day, wear
makeup every day, and wear my highest heels every day. I will be the cool mom AND the supermom."
Then, one fine day, our beautiful babies are born.
After I had my first son, Lucas, I began to have what I call
“real mom moments,” when everything I thought I knew about motherhood went
out the window. With each passing “real
mom moment,” I realized that every vow I had made when I was pregnant had to be
rewritten. Then, they had to be
rewritten again when I had my second son, Alexander.
This is the reality of motherhood. Nothing is set in stone, and we have to
adapt. We must learn to laugh at how
idealistic and naive we once were, and sometimes we have to share our old and
new vows with fellow mothers, which I will do below.
Old vow: I will not feed my kids sugar.
New vow: I will not feed my kids sugar five times a day.
Old vow: I will not be the one talking about parenting
techniques at cocktail parties.
New vow: If I find out you have a kid, I will be talking
parenting techniques with you.
Old vow: I will not have the kid who screams bloody murder
on a red-eye flight.
New vow: STOP LOOKING AT ME! I HOPE IT HAPPENS TO YOU ONE
Old vow: My kids will not watch TV.
New vow: My kids will not watch TV unless it is educational
or I have a headache.
New vow: Pushing a double stroller through Central Park
Old vow: I will not allow my perfectly decorated home to be
overrun by toys.
New vow: OK, let’s just keep the toys out of my bedroom and
Old vow: I will not spoil my kids with things like iPads.
New vow: I will give each of my kids an iPad, but only for
use on planes, trains and when I’m on a deadline.
Old vow: I will not bribe my kids to get them to behave.
New vow: HA!
Old vow: I will not be like my mother.
New vow: What would my mother do?
Please share some of your old and new vows in the comments
section! It is important to let each
other know that it is OK to be a real mom instead of a supermom or cool
mom. In fact, I believe it’s better.