Why Mom Needs to Have a Sense of Humor
I was reminded a few days ago when my son spontaneously vomited how little I know about being a mom. Just when I think I have been exposed to a significant number of ‘learning experiences’ I am inevitably surprised with a new one. Although being a mom is certainly one of the toughest jobs there is (I mean after all, we’re growing people and responsible for their well being and happiness… but hey, no pressure) if you don’t have a sense of humor about it, the job is almost impossible to survive.
Here are a few examples of how you just need to laugh it off and move on…
* What can go wrong, WILL! No matter how much thought or effort you put into something, NOTHING is perfect. Yes, nothing. Not us and dare I say, not even our children. If you take the time to worry about something, balance and out and also take the time to enjoy. Sure it’s no fun when your child is screaming for a bottle and you have 2 feet of water flooding the entire first floor of your home (true story), but it’s not so bad when you rock them back to sleep and realize how much you love them.
* Children spontaneously vomit (see above). They do all sorts of things that you didn’t know they could do and it’s not always pleasant. But you might be surprised at how well you can deal with the unexpected. What I mean is, you grew a human. Spontaneous toddler vomiting is a piece of cake.
* Messes happen. Instagram isn’t fooling me. Unless people have brigades of housekeepers and servants, it is unlikely your home is from the pages of Martha Stewart’s Most Immaculate Home EVER! When I take photos around the house, I put some thought into the angle because I want to avoid snapping a photo of the pile of laundry sitting on the floor, but I can’t (nor should you) ever think it is not ok to have a few messes in your house. Think of messes as evidence of a happy and useful home.