Being a mom means being a role model. Kids are like sponges, so they soak up everything they hear and see us do. They want to try anything they see us try, say what we say, and do what we do. That's as huge an honor as it is a responsibility, which is why it's such a relief when our kids are off doing their own thing. In those moments we can exhale for a second and indulge in all the weird things every mom does when her kid isn't looking.
Let's face it: there's no such thing as the perfect mom. However, that doesn't mean we don't want to maintain at least a little of that façade for and in front of our kids. So we do all we can to be fully present as our best, most put-together and kid-perfect selves when they're paying attention. And when they're not? Then we handle our other business, like settling Facebook arguments once and for all, expressing what we really think of all the other people we have to share the road with, and taking the batteries out of that one toy that just wont shut up.
Yeah, the following little things are weird, but at least we're all in this weirdness together. Solidarity, mamas. You've earned the random little victory dance you do after your kid actually eats the food you served them (even though it touched other food on their plate) or took less than 20 minutes to let you brush their teeth.