A few months ago, I went out to eat with my then 16-month old son. It was just the two of us, and he was acting like a literal angel. He was adorable and charming to the diners on either side of us and he happily ate his dinner, including spinach. Yes, spinach. People actually stopped to compliment us, and I took a photo so I'd have proof that this one time when I seemed like a perfect mom actually happened. There are plenty of embarrassing mom moments you can't avoid, after all, so it helps to have concrete evidence of the times when you don't look like a total mess to comfort yourself in the moments when you do.
Becoming a mom has made me even more glad that I have the kind of lovely dark skin that doesn’t tell on me when I’m mortified. ‘Cause that happens pretty frequently now. Sure, I know intellectually that most of the embarrassing things I experience happen to every parent. I know that kids are totally separate beings from their parents, so we can't control everything they do and that it's not necessarily a direct reflection on us or an indictment of our worthiness if and when they screw up. However, knowing that in my brain does not make the rest of me cringe any less when these moments inevitably happen.
Cringe on, mamas. We can't avoid moments like the following, unless we were to just stop caring completely and that's not a terribly attractive option, either. Just always carry extra clothes, work on your graceful exits (or your best impersonation of such), and remember that you're still an amazing human being, even if you and the little humans in your life are a bit of a mess at times.