When you decide to become a mother, you likely didn’t realize that you were going to have to be a chef, chauffeur, counselor, personal shopper, tutor, CEO, daycare teacher, and much more.
There is a reason that being a mother revered as one of the hardest jobs in the world, if not THE hardest job in the world. It’s not easy, no doubt about it.
Being a mother is a full-time job, and one that many have to do while also working a day job. If you can find a moment to take a break from mothering, you will no doubt relate to the following list of things that will likely cause you to laugh out loud, because they are so true and only moms will really get it 🙂
1) Alone Time is Almost Nonexistent
They don’t tell you this before you have a child, but the days of ever being alone for any extended period of time so you can relax with some “me time” is long gone, almost literally. You just might never truly be alone again for some peace and quiet.
2) It Sounds Weird When Someone Calls You By Your First Name
It’s the little things you learn to appreciate, like the fact that you still have a first name and it’s not mom, momma, or mommy.
You spend nearly all of your time with your child or children, so you are condition to being called something other that your real first name. In fact, in the rare occasion you are around adults and hear someone say your first name, it sounds really weird for a second and you have the thought of, “Oh! Right, that IS my name”.
3) You Never Stop Worrying About Your Kids
You thought you would have kids, raise them, they would then have a family of their own and your worries fade away into a distant memory, leaving you with nothing but bliss the rest of your life. Umm…Not hardly.
When you are a mother, you worry about your kids every single day. While the degree of worry may vary, ranging from “I hope they are safe” to “I hope they get that job they are going after”, you will worry about your kids all the time, and that it perfectly OK! That’s what love looks like!
4) Hearing Advice From People Who Don’t Have Kids
You know what I talking about, right? People who have never had kids seem to have a knack for giving you their opinion and advice, yet they have never lived a mom’s reality themselves.
This is like a random fan giving Tiger Woods golf swing tips, or giving Tom Brady tips on how to throw the long ball. It’s doesn’t make sense, but that doesn’t stop them from giving their opinion, and/or downplaying just how hard it is to be a mom.
I know, I know. People giving parenting advice who have never had kids probably mean well, but that still doesn’t take the urge away to want to roll my eyes and ask what makes them an expert in dealing with the stress of being a mom.
5) There Are Times You Think Your Kids Don’t Appreciate The Things You Do For Them
You know the feeling. You do everything for the kids – wash their clothes, feed them, take them to school, shop for them, take them to sports functions, buy them all kinds of things they don’t need, etc., etc., etc. – yet, rarely, if ever, get a ‘thank you’ for it.
Unfortunately, kids rarely truly appreciate all you do for them until years later, but they do!
PRO TIP: If you are a dad reading this right now, make it a habit of telling your kids to let their mom know how thankful they are for her, and how much they feel her love each and every day!
6) You Have Your Own Unique Way of Teaching Your Kids Life Lessons
There is no master playbook for being a mom. Sure, there is some advice you can take from those with experience along the way, but most of the things you just have to figure out on your own.
And we all have our own little quirky way of teaching our kids lessons they need to learn 🙂
7) On Your Birthday, All You Want To Do Is Sleep In….FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, JUST ONCE!!!
Before having kids, you never thought for a second that the one thing you would cherish above all else would be sleep! Especially if you’re a working mom. 16 or 18-hour days, 7 days per week wears on a person’s sanity!
So much so that you often fantasize about back in the day when you could sleep as long as you’d like and hang out in your pajamas all weekend.
Hang in there, mom! teenagers love to sleep, so there is light at the end of the tunnel 🙂
8) You Do Things You Thought you Would Never EVER Do
Being a mom is one nasty, gross job!
You smell things, touch things, and accidentally taste things that you never imagined in your wildest dreams.
Things that made you gag when you saw it happen to someone else before you had kids, but now that you have a kid of your own you have developed an iron stomach, apparently.
9) You Want To Punch People in The Throat Who Think Being a Mom is Easy or Not a “Real” Job
It’s incredibly frustrating when someone demeans or doesn’t consider being a mom a “real” job.
Oh, trust me, it’s a real job!
It’s a job that never stops. It’s a job that requires 100% focus and dedication 24/7 and doesn’t come with any days off, especially holidays.
What you really want to tell people is, “you know that “job” that you have, that you get to leave everyday and not think about again until the next morning? Well, I never get a day off, I never get to just clock out and come home. Oh, did I mention I do it for no salary?”
Yeah, that’s what you want to say 🙂
10) You Can’t Recall What Your Actual Furniture Looks Like
Kids tends to take over and/or destroy everything!
Remember what your couch used to look like before kids? It was nice, huh? 🙂
Turns out, after you have kids you no longer own a single space in the house. In theory, kids’ stuff would be confined their own bedroom and possibly a playroom. However, the reality is the entire house now belongs to them.
The pictures below sum it up perfectly…
11) Bedtime Is The Moment That You Look Forward To As Your Motivation To Get Your Through the Day…Bedtime is AWESOME!
We love our kids more than anything and would lay down our lives for them, but that doesn’t mean that bedtime isn’t something we look forward to nearly every single day!
As we have already established, being a mother is extremely hard work, not only psychically, but mentally. It’s exhausting.
But there’s a catch.
Bedtime is awesome, but can also carry with it the most frustrating part of the day. If you’re a career woman, you have already worked all day long, then you get home to start your second full-time job…fixing dinner, homework, breaking up a few fights among siblings, YOU’RE SPENT!
THEN, the grand finale – you are left arguing over whether or not they have to brush their teeth and take a bath.
But eventually, you win…the kids are finally asleep and you decide to enjoy some quiet time…WITH LAUNDRY OR DISHES! 🙂
It never stops.
12 ) You Secretly (or publicly) Love When School Starts Back
Back to school is a great, but also sad…but mostly great 🙂
Sure, now you’ll be dealing with homework most nights of the week (depending on your child’s age), but it’s worth it to get some peace and quiet during the day, if you’re a stay-at-home mom.
If you’re a career woman, now you don’t have to worry about childcare during the day while you work.
13) You Wish Mother’s Day Came At Least Once a Week
Mother’s Day is awesome! You finally feel appreciated. You get the sweet cards and flowers from the kids, and maybe even breakfast in bed, but you feel loved and appreciated 🙂
And best of all, you get to do what YOU want to do for the day. The kids know it’s mom’s day and whatever she wants to do, we’re doing.
Mother’s Day is particularly special because it’s perhaps the one holiday where moms aren’t in the kitchen preparing a meal a bazillion other people. Mom gets catered to on Mother’s Day and it’s amazing!
14) You’re Pretty Sure You’re Purse Is Some Type Hoarder’s Paradise
How does everything and the kitchen sink end up in your purse?
Mom’s purse doubles as a pharmacy, pantry, toy box, and garbage can. Whatever your kid is finished holding, they dump in mom’s purse like it’s a trash can or toy box.
Finished with that sucker? Throw the stick in mom’s purse!
Need a band-aid? Looks in mom’s purse!
Need some medicine? Mom’s purse!
But mostly, the bottom of mom’s purse looks something like this…
15) Someone Always Wants Something From You
The list of things a mom has to do every day just never ends. It’s like a living list of things that just keeps adding items as soon as you mark one off.
And just when you think you are to a place where you can actually relax for a moment, like a the dinner table with the family, BOOM! You get hit with something else that someone needs from you.
Heck, you can’t even go to the bathroom alone! You will be followed, virtually 100% of the time 🙂
16 ) You Are SOOOOOO Thankful For The Invention of Dry Shampoo!
Moms have a ton of stuff to do for other people in their life, which leads to mom’s needs almost always coming last.
Before kids, you likely had a shower every single day, sometimes more than one a day, but since having kids you may go two days without taking a shower.
So, there is something is mom’s life now that is perhaps the most amazing thing to even been invented in personal beauty products…DRY SHAMPOO, BABY!!!
Gone are the days of being able to get up every day and spend an hour on how you look. Most days, you hit the floor, get the kids fed and dressed, slap on some deodorant, and spray in some dry shampoo and you’re out the door in snap!
Moms are amazing humans beings. They always put the their family’s needs before their own. The kids always have baths and clean clothes before mom. The kids always eat before mom. Mothers are selfless when it comes to taking care of their kids and we definitely don’t acknowledge that fact enough.
17) But You Would Do It All Over Again 1,000 Times Over!
Despite all of the times it’s totally exhausting and you want to have an emotional breakdown, it’s also incredibly rewarding to be blessed with the ability to raise our children, no matter how tough it gets.
What you are doing as a mom is raising a child to be the best person they can be and survive in a world that is filled with obstacles. What moms do is nothing short of amazing.
Being a mother is one of hardest, most important, selfless jobs in the world. No matter how tough it gets, just take moment to step back to see just how amazing the tiny humans you raised truly are and YOU are the one who made them 🙂