Being a mom is crazy hard. Ridiculously hard. Way-harder-than-any-of-us-ever-thought hard.
But, you know what makes it even harder? When we think we see moms who have it all together, who are doing it "better" than us, or who have way cuter Instagram pics when we can't even get our kids to keep their eyes open for the flash. Ugh.
Being a mom is hard enough that living in a world where someone is Pinteresting their latest mega-DIY-birthday might make us "real moms" all wanna go jump off a cliff. Seriously.
I don't know about you, but my best defense to feeling like a total mom-fail is meeting other moms. I don't mean just reading blogs (though, THANK YOU) or texting, or diving into Pinterest over nap time. No, no, no. I mean real life contact with another grown up human female who has procreated. That's right - connecting with other moms.
Moms. Yes, I'm talking to you/us. We need to GET OUT. We need to meet each other. And, while the blogosphere can get us FAR in the middle of a spit-up-covered, laundry-overloaded, don't-even-care-what's-for-dinner kind of day...it takes genuine contact to ultimately interrupt our Disney-channel-consuming lives. (Seriously, I need another Veggie Tales singalong like I need a hole in the head.)
SO, let's break out of our bubbles this week! Let's put a date on the calendar to meet up with another mom - if only to commiserate and high five! We are survivors - every day tackling the mundane with the same wanna-be enthusiasm of a revival preacher. We need each other, and if we don't get out there and encourage one another, then we're just as guilty of neglecting friendship as we are neglecting shaving our legs (a scary reality for some of us, right?)
Have you heard about MOPS? MOPS is one amazing way to connect, and chances are good it is in your neighborhood. There are MOPS groups all over the USA! Check out their blog for gobs of info on meeting up with other moms and getting all kinds of tips and advice on parenting youngsters.
I am a big supporter of MOPS, and today, I'm so excited to be giving away a ONE YEAR MOPS MEMBERSHIP to a lucky reader!
How do you get it??? Well, for the next few days, (deadline is September 8th) all you have to do is CAPTION THE PHOTO BELOW!
I hope you laugh at the photo captions I've put on the other photos in today's blog (LOL here) and I'm looking for a silly and original caption for the photo above that every mom can relate to. C'mon - we all need more humor in our day!
You can tweet me the caption @pardymama or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org or just post it in the comment space below. I'll be checking out your captions and choosing my favorite to award the MOPS MEMBERSHIP!!!
Let's hear it for the moms! Yay!