Parenthood is so pretty online. Of course, between new-fangled camera phones that allow you unlimited opportunities to get the perfect shot, social media filters, and Pinterest boards ripe with ideas, it's no surprise. Adorable photoshoots with babies dressed up as princesses? Easy. Perfectly decorated birthday parties? Done. Inspirational letter boards with wise words about #momlife? A dime a dozen. But what if those boards were honest for a change? I've come up with funny letter board quotes for moms too exhausted to lie, because enough already! My hot mess sisters need to know they're not alone.
Look, when it comes to gussying up motherhood online, I do understand the impulse. And, honestly, I'm not judging because it's not all a lie. In my experience it really can be absolutely beautiful and amazing, so it makes sense to try to convey that IRL. But it's not always that way, is it? And a lot of the "motherhood is beautiful" stuff we see online, while true, is also extremely performative. We do it to express our own joy sometimes, sure, but we also do it to let EVERYONE KNOW HOW AWESOME EVERYTHING IS AND HOW AWESOME WE ARE AND HOW EVERYTHING IS FINE! DO YOU BELIEVE ME YET?!
Even acknowledging the challenges of motherhood is done in a performative way. You know, a way that's so noble and always ends with, like, "BUT I WOULDN'T TRADE IT FOR ANYTHING!" And we wouldn't, sure, but I think there's a lot of emotions and experiences worth exploring, openly and honestly, before asserting that we're ultimately happy with the choice we've made to raise our children.
I think these truth bombs would be easier to swallow if we all agreed to use some of the language of online motherhood in a way that's less performative and more honest. And what happened? Well, these tastefully photographed letter boards, that's what: