If you believe the stock photos, this mom business is a literal walk in the park. I mean, stock photo mom is perpetually smiling and dressed to the nines as she takes her chubby baby for a stroll (autumn leaves, anyone?). It's almost as if she never has to deal with poop. In fact, I think stock photo world is a strictly poop-free zone. As you'll soon see, a day in the life of a stock photo mom is nothing like 24 hours of real mom life.
As a toddler mom, my life resembles very little of what I see in those pretty pictures. I'm pretty easy to recognize, though, strolling through Target in my sweatpants with a giant bottle of wine next to my screaming toddler in the cart. I'm a category 4 hot mess, and I'm OK with it. At least until I read some article with a main image of a grinning mom doing laundry because OMG no one likes folding clothes.
In my book, stock photos aren't just a crock of sh*t, they feed into the myth of the perfect mom. Seeing mothers who don't look like them making the job look easy-peasy just leads to moms feeling bad about themselves. Just how unrealistic is stock photo mom life? Let's take a look at her day: