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3 Things Every Mommy Needs

Today was one of those days.  I didn’t sleep well last night, thanks to an adorable, yet snoring child in my bed.  It was grey and drizzling outside and frankly, I am pms’ing (apologies to my male readers).  My plan was to go inward metaphorically.  I would hide from the world and maybe even skip yoga because it’s just a crummy day. 

Then I got a text from a friend that she’s having a tough week too.  I decided the best way I could support her and anyone else having a tough day was to dust off the blog (Oh my! Does anyone have an extra feather duster and some Pledge, because I have been gone too long!) and share the 3 things every mommy woman person needs.  Hopefully, you all know what you need, but consider this a reminder, permission or just a loving nudge to be good to yourself!

  1. The Real Story – You are awesome, without having to be perfect.  Nobody is perfect.  If you are, please don’t tell me, I am fragile today.  Here’s my shining examples of not being perfect-
  • Every mom feels guilt.  We were tired so we only read the top sentence of every page of our child’s book (sadly when they learn to read, I have to find other ways to cheat).  We tell our kids we left their favorite movie at a friends’ house so we don’t have to hear it AGAIN.  (Notice I say hear, because I am guilty of not even watching it)!  We pick going to get a massage over watching a ballet practice.  I think I have said enough to win mother of the year, I am moving on…
  • Every mom yells.  Our preschool teacher is amazing, like off the charts patient, kind and creative.  AND she has FOUR kids!  FOUR!  She was recently asked, do you ever raise your voice and she said of course she does.  If she says she does, than I know its okay that I do!  That is one benefit of rainy days, I know my windows are closed so that my neighbors can’t hear me yelling!
  • Every mom gets behind on housework.  A note to the working moms – the stay at home moms have laundry piling up too!  Even the cleanest houses and those with cleaning ladies have their bad days! (My blog isn’t the only thing that needs dusting…)  You can’t perpetually hide the kids’ toys, husband’s junk or pet paraphernalia!

2. Vices

  • Pick your poison.  We all have our coping mechanism alcohol, caffeine, sugar, carbs.  Okay, I pick all of them!  There may be people out there who don’t need any of those, but I am not confident enough to be friends with somebody like that, so I choose to think we all have our vices.  One mocha Prozac vodka latte please –with whip!
  • Pick your distraction.  TV (Somebody should give the Nobel Peace prize to the inventor of DVR, because that person keeps the peace in my house), books (Have you read 50 Shades of Grey?!), magazines (I get more than I have time to read, but it’s comforting to know they are there to fill my head with gossip, recipes, fashion and homemaking!).  What’s your distraction?
  • Pick your escape. Book club, bunko, mom’s group – these all could be bucketed as an excuse to get together and drink wine. Yoga – hmm, add wine and it might be utopia…  The point is to find a way to blow off steam and smile!

3. Friendship

  • The sounding board. You know, the one you call and say, “I am going to kill my kids”, but she doesn’t call CPS (although you might appreciate if she did). Or the one you can call and say “should I be mad at my husband for …”.  Or the one you tell, “I really need to pull it together” and she tells you that you don’t have to.
  • The one that takes the high road.  Just like we need the in-your-corner (even if it’s the corner of crazy and whack job) friend, we need the one who puts it in perspective, plays devil advocate and tries to make you a better person.  Let’s be honest, we only call that friend when we’re not afraid of heights.  But when we’re capable, the high road reminds us that there are people with bigger problems and helps us find gratitude for our blessed lives.  She is also not a mind-reader, so when you tell her to “F” off in your head, she probably can’t hear you, I don’t think…
  • The vice connection.  She is my personal favorite. When the going gets tough, the tough get cocktails and she’s the gal stirring the drinks!  She’ll split the whole chocolate cake with you and insist on opening the second bottle of wine.  Who can have bad day while in a sugar induced coma?

The moral of the story- There is someone with a messier house, a shittier day and no wine in the fridge.  Call the friend you need, meet her for yoga and have a snickers and cabernet on stand-by.  You deserve it.  Yes, you!

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  1. April 25, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    Oh, GIRL! I would be all those for you; the sounding board, the high road and the vice connection. Whatever you need, baby.

    SO glad to see you here. Forget the feather duster and the pledge. The wine and chocolate will do just fine…

    p.s. I love that what brought you back to the blog today was the desire to support a friend. That’s what makes you special. For real.

    • April 25, 2012 at 8:56 pm

      You make me feel special just by welcoming me back every time I sneak away. I do read your blog, but I do it on my phone where I am technology challenged to comment! I remain in awe of you! xoxo

  2. April 25, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    If I did not pay someone to clean my house, I’m certain my white floors would be black by now.

    What is even better is when a friend can magically by the sounding board, high road, vice connection.

    All of it – so true – and just what I needed to read.

    • April 25, 2012 at 8:57 pm

      Kelly – I almost threw in a Mountain Dew reference just for you! And yes, the trifecta friend is the best!

  3. April 26, 2012 at 6:47 am

    Funny thing…I just visited your blog the other day and couldn’t see it due to the cobwebs, which made me a little sad…LOL. Oh, how I’ve missed you! So glad you dusted this thing off and gave us some good advice this morning while supporting a friend! I’ve changed my blog name, but I’m still around. Hope you’ll pop over for a visit some time. Hugs, Diane

  4. stayingathomemakesmehappy
    April 26, 2012 at 7:29 am

    As we grow up, we realize it is less important to have lots of friends, and more important to have real ones.

  5. madwomanbehindtheblog
    May 10, 2012 at 11:23 am

    Amen! And apparently my friends think my vice is reading 50 shades of grey. AHEM!
    Miss you girl! I love hearing your voice (yeah, I hear you reading this to me…weird, huh?).

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