I could easily be this Mom! Not the "Oh my God my kids will just wither up without me" condescending Mom, but the other one. The one who doesn't fit 'the mold' of Super-Mommy. The one who enters the PTA meeting late, disheveled and in pajamas because I forgot as usual. I am the Mom who sent dog food to school on 100 items day because it was what I could find and I was already feeding the dogs when I remembered. I am the fly by the seat of my pants Mom who enjoys my children but also enjoys my own hobbies as well. The Mom who doesn't have perfect children, a perfect home, a perfect husband and a perfect lifestyle and doesn't care. The one you will find brushing a cheese stick off at the playground and handing it back to my child who dropped it because dirt don't hurt and they need to build their immune system somehow. And the Mom who doesn't easily make other Mom friends because I haven't read the latest Dr Sear's book or feed into the stereotypical Mom role.
What I am is a Mom who hasn't posted on her "Mom blog" in 6 months because although I have things to talk about I don't feel like anyone wants to read about it. The Mom who has a calendar to keep track of the kids' after school activities because I have forgotten jump rope on Fridays numerous times and either show up to pick up too early or forget to pick up at all. I have feed ice cream for dinner, and sometimes breakfast. Given my kids chocolate and put them in front of the TV for a bit of quiet time. Skipped reading homework to play Uno. Let my daughter go to school in a pair of pants with a noticeable hole because they are her favorite. Allowed my son to to have too much video game time and even worse the violent ones. But, I am a Mom who will ADMIT my downfalls and still hold my head high.
But, what keeps all this in check is balance as I am the Mom who will allow the neighborhood kids to carve pumpkins at my house and not worry about seeds getting thrown on the floor. The one who always has an open door policy and believes trading homework right after school for playtime on a beautiful day is necessary. Playing in dirt is a necessary evil for enrichment purposes and the hose is a good bath for afterwards. Sleeping with a dog is comforting and the sheets can always be washed. Setting up camp in the living room in front of the TV on the weekends is fun. Having a picnic in front of the TV for dinner is even more fun. And sleeping in Mom/Dad's bed from time to time is ok after a scary movie.
What I am saying is nobody is perfect. We strive for the same things, that our children are happy, healthy and successful in everything they do. How we get there is our prerogative.