Today challenge was taken from the Daily Prompt :
Do you have a reputation? Well, many of my friends called me a SUPER MOM!
What is it, and where did it come from? I think they call me a SUPER MOM because I am in grad school, teaching and seems to have it together, plus all the extra fancy cookies and cakes I managed to make for my kiddos..
Is it accurate? ABSOLUTELY NOT!! I never feel that I am a super mom..In fact my reply is usually, ” I am NOT!” I am usually embarassed… and deep inside thinking, “If only they knew…. :-)”
What do you think about it?
Obviously I don’t think I am a super mom and this is the reason why: (The truths are in red)
1. I am not in a graduate program by choice. I am in a graduate program because God told me so.. Since he owned me I better do what HE says. If you want to know why, read: the path I didn’t choose
2. Making cookies like for Halloween does NOT make you a super mom… It just mean that you are a mom who like to bake…Some moms sew… some moms loves to clean and organized (NOT ME!) I like to bake 🙂
THE TRUTH: We had to bake that day because I HAD A SUPER BAD DAY at work! If we didn’t bake, I would have cried ALL DAY! So we baked to distract me… That way, my kids focused their creativity into something more productive than making messes at home that would drove me over the edge that day! Not to mention that they were practicing their fine motor skills and concentration! 🙂
3. Throwing super cool birthday parties do NOT make you a super mom either 🙂 You know that I didn’t come up with those ideas… That’s why we all LOVE GOOGLE!! 🙂
Yes, there was smoke coming out of that chocolate cake volcano…
Yes, he actually able to SHOOT those little angry birds and knocked down the pigs on the wafer blocks
and little snow white party was a success…
THE TRUTH: Most of the time the kids’ birthday parties were 2, 3 or even 5 weeks late because they had to be according to MY SCHEDULE! We usually had a small family dinner on the day. Then, when I don’t have anything due, I called friends (YES, it is usually the last minute :-). Lately, I got a great trick : I ordered the cake from the grocery store, then decorated it! An example would be that snow white birthday cake 🙂
Why did I throw such parties? Because my children are precious and they mean the world to me! I often feel so GUILTY when they came to me and say ,” Mommy can we play or do you have homework?” ” Mommy, are you staying home today? I want to play with you…” So making their BIRTHDAY’s WISH come true is one way for me to let them know that their BIRTHDAY is very important and special to me!
4. I have it all together, my kids are doing well in school and my life seems to be in order..
THE TRUTH: Not really! My kids are doing well because we invested in them since they were little.. They read so well because we always find the time to read to them!
My house is clean and organized (if you announced your visit few days prior 🙂 )because my friend who happens to be my childcare provider/house manager is AMAZING!! I don’t know what I would do without her! Usually, if you didn’t let me know ahead of time.. it is MESSY because I didn’t have time to hide everything down in the basement 🙂
Laundry gets done and I can do my homework because my husband is AMAZING!!!
I am not a supermom… Do you know that I told people I turn into a mean witch by 10 pm because I am so tired and cranky 🙂 I have yelled at my kids.. I have lost it too… My best friends know what can happen when I am stressing out beyond my limit 🙂
I am still preserving my sanity right now because I have so many wonderful girlfriends that I can laugh with when I had a very bad day or week… Then come home to super sweet one of a kind family that love kisses and hugs…
So I AM NOT a super mom at all!!
If I have to nominate someone to be a super mom, I would say that parents of children who have special challenges ARE SUPERMOMS! If I have to pick one, I would have to pick Michael Phillips’ mom! Have you heard about him?
He is a 30+ years old man who is a “computer gamer” that has spinal muscular atrophy. He can not move his muscles 😦 He used to communicate by typing with his thumb. Now he is typing with his eyebrows. Watch him!! You will look at your life with a different perspective!
I work with children with severe challenges. Some as severe… some less severe… Regardless of what their challenges are, their moms are full of HOPE and they don’t give up… THESE MOMS deserve to be called SUPER MOMS… not me!
Happy Friday everyone! 🙂