When the Daily Mail approached me to be a part of a team of moms writing and blogging about our experiences in “mommyhood,” my reaction was mixed. Gee, I’d really like to, but I’m afraid child services will come and take my daughter away.
I mean, I might let it slip that some days the only thing she eats is a soft pretzel from the snack bar at Target. It’s not that I don’t try to get my finicky 4-year-old to eat her vegetables. It just doesn’t always happen.
Or, I might reveal that I have, on occasion, let her stay up until 10 p.m. Or what if readers found out I have, on more than one occasion, forcibly removed my sweet bundle of joy from stores and restaurants, kicking and screaming at the top of her lungs? I’ve let her watch more than the recommended 30 minutes of television per day. And I’ve been known to bribe her with cookies. The horror!
I didn’t make my own baby food. I don’t buy organic. I don’t handcraft party decorations. I’m just a mom, trying to get through the day with my sanity in tact and my child in one piece.
The more I thought about it, the more I realized there are probably a lot of moms out there like me. We love our children dearly, couldn’t imagine life without them. But being a mommy is hard. It can be lonely and frustrating at times. It can make us count down the hours until the kids are in bed and we can enjoy a glass of red wine.
So I talked to some of them, and guess what? I was right. A fellow mom recently had to wrestle her precious toddler to the ground at the Clay Center to get him in his coat. Another mom can’t sleep at night worrying about all the things her baby might choke on. One mistakenly used pink hair color spray when she was getting her kindergartener ready for school. Oops.
We never imagined our lives would be consumed with poop, sippy cups and scrubbing crayon marks off walls, or that Facebook would some days be our only form of adult communication. But here we are.
The moms who have it all together give us the look when our kid is having a tantrum in public. And parenting magazines make us feel guilty for not fashioning a snowman village out of marshmallows, using red licorice lace for scarves.
That’s why it’s important we stick together. The Daily Mail’s new Mommyhood blog is the perfect place. I, along with three other mommies, will be taking part each week. You’ve already met Kathryn Brown (call her Katy), and in the next few days, you’ll get to know Cara Bailey and Kara Moore.
We’re hoping to share funny stories, tips on the latest products or the best places in the Kanawha Valley for kid-friendly fun. Or maybe we’ll just vent.
So join me here. If you do, I’ll give you a cookie.