The world of motherhood is a strange one: Being a mom is a full time job but it is still seen by many as ‘easy’ and ‘not real work’, which in turn makes moms feel inadequate or anxious when they can’t ‘do it all’. At the same time mommy culture tends to put moms up on the superhero pedestal, insisting that we are superwomen, each and everyone, which again just sets us up for failure.
Don’t get me wrong, motherhood is a beautiful thing and it’s all worth it in the end, but putting moms up on the superhero pedestal just sets us up for failure, frustration and tears.
Moms are strong, they have to be, they can handle so much more than they thought possible pre-motherhood, but we are not superwomen. We are flawed, we have limits to our patience and energy and there are days when we just want to crawl under a rock and hide from it all.
So yes, I’m a woman, I’m a mother, I’m stronger than I thought I could be, but I am not superwoman. I am not infallible, I am not without flaws and I am definitely not strong enough to handle everything life has to throw at me without breaking down every now and then.