Friday, May 13, 2011

Good Enough


According to a recent article in the Globe & Mail, I'm good enough.  A good enough mom, that is.  What a relief...a weight off my shoulders.  No longer do I need to worry that a piece of white bread has crossed my child's lips (they eat mostly brown anyways) OR have cereal with more than 5 grams of sugar in it (will cause hyperactivity!).  Over are the days of guilt over the fact that the TV was on for more than the suggested hour a day (they'll be obese!)  Let us rejoice!

Yep, there's no June Cleaver in this house.  No Mrs. Brady either.  I think I'd like to be a 70s mom though when seemingly life was more carefree.  I don't think they worried as much...or had as much to worry about, that's for sure.  And I bet they didn't put as much pressure on themselves as I think we do in 2011.

I remember my mom sitting around with other moms telling us kids to "Go play on the freeway."  We'd go sit in the middle of the street for a bit...I turned out okay.  (I'm pretty sure anyways). 

Apparantly being a mom in the 70s was way less stressful than it is today.  They definitely threw more "grown up" parties without worrying about our "schedule" all the time.  We'd just play until we dropped...just means we weren't up at an ungodly 6am.  (I'm talking to you, Big T...6 am is ungodly and I'm not religious)  

Moms today seem to feel (however unconsciously) that we need to be everything to our kids at all times of the day...or at least some of us act that way...and yes, I'm speaking for myself.

Here's just a short list of what/who we're expected to be...(in no particular order):

- Chauffeur
- Chef
- Laundress
- Esthetician
- Stylist
- Personal assistant
- Confidante
- Mediator
- Entertainer
- Maid
- Social Activity Coordinator

Don't get me wrong, I chose to be a mom...I love being a mom...I'm just saying, that's a lot of hats! 

On the news for Mother's Day they had a segment stating what the salaries would be if moms were actually paid for what they do.  They worked it out that working moms would bring in $60,000/year and stay-at-home moms (yoo hoo! over here!) would bring in a whopping $111,000/year.  That sounds about right. 

Wonder if that's retroactive?


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the insight Jill, I will probably still keep trying to be the perfect mom but now when I mess up I will remember my kids will probably turn out ok anyway!

Mommy Inconsistent said...

You and me both, Sandra!

Unknown said...

Do you make more money if you have more kids?

Mommy Inconsistent said...

Haha! Definitely something to look into, Rachel!

am said...

how about the pay a grand-mother would I would be so so rich by now!!!

Mommy Inconsistent said...

AM, you would/should be the top grossing Grandma ever! 'Lil Miss T is lucky to have you!