Some days, being a mom is just hard. When my oldest complains about every little thing and my youngest experiences potty training and sleep regressions, it's all I can do to keep my sanity in tact. And on those days I have to stay away from social media, as it usually tends to make me feel worse. There are, however, more than a few times when those I love motherhood" Facebook posts actually help me get through the not-so-glorious parts of parenthood. After all, there's always light at the end of the tunnel... and sometimes it's great to see other moms basking in theirs.
For the most part, and while I like connecting to friends and family, social media is a place that makes me feel very self-conscious as a mother. I'll look at what I perceive to be other people's lives and feel irrationally jealous, or depressingly frustrated that I'm not having as a good of a time as other parents seem to be having. What's their secret? What am I doing wrong? Why can't I do what they're doing? These questions plague me, so if I see too many positive posts and pictures of happy family outings I have to leave the internet entirely, lest I start to feel like an indisputable failure.
All social media feeds are viewed through a narrow lens, so I know, logically, that what I see isn't the complete picture. I know that no one is perfect, and that what we share on social media isn't a completely accurate representation of our lives. Still, sometimes those happy-go-lucky parenting posts are a great reminder that motherhood is, in fact, a gift, and one that I should continue to cherish... even when it's a pain in the you-know-what. So with that in mind, here are a few instances when those happy social media posts come in handy: