I’ve seen the term “Super Mom” being thrown around in recent years. It’s usually used to describe a Mom who does everything from volunteering for every PTO event, to making sure there is a theme to their kids’ lunches every day. But that’s not what I think of when I think of a super Mom.
I think that being a Mom is like being a super hero, and just as a super hero has vital skills to save the day at the drop of a hat, a super Mom is always there to put out fires (mostly figuratively, I hope).
Take this, for instance:
If I were a superhero, my superpower would be finding random pieces of plastic under the couch and identifying which toy they belong to.
— the Mom TruthBomb (@momTruthBomb) May 3, 2016
Okay, so not all of my super Mom abilities are as important as others, but you see what I mean.
Anyway, here’s a post I wrote back in December 2012 about all the super Mom skills I had acquired up until that point.
Throughout my life, I have heard people bragging, saying things like, “I can do that with my eyes closed,” or “I can do that with one arm tied behind my back.” When you become a mother, these are things you can say without blowing any smoke.
As soon as you bring your little bundle of joy home from the hospital, you begin to build a certain skill-set, which may or may not help you in other areas of life (but most likely not). Either way, they seem to be skills that stick with you.
- Although I haven’t had to regularly change diapers in the middle of the night for some time, as my daughter proceeds through her potty training, she sometimes wakes up at 2 AM with a wet diaper insisting it be changed. Well, I am happy to report that I can still change a diaper with my eyes closed.
- I also find myself carrying all of the grocery bags in from the car with only one arm, even though neither of my children are being lugged around in the other.
- I have found that I have the ability to drown out the noise of crying, whining, and screaming…. although strangely, mostly from other people’s children when we are out an about. I still seem to struggle at times coping with the unnecessarily loud and constant noise from my own kids.
- I know the all the words from theme songs of just about any popular children’s show from PBS, nickjr, and Disney Junior.
- I can have two (or sometimes three) full blown conversations with different people while writing an email, looking for dinner recipes online, shopping online, checking the weather, or paying bills all at the same time.
So I guess what I’m saying is that once you become a Mom, you can do just about anything as long as it involves changing a diaper (in light or darkness, awake or half-asleep), carrying an inordinate amount of things as you sing annoying kid show themes songs and multitask on the computer and/or phone, all while ignoring the cries of your (or someone else’s) children. Eat your heart out, corporate America.
As the years have gone by, I’ve only added skills to my Mom resume.
- I can find anything in less than three seconds that my husband and/or children have been looking for all day.
- I am the official Lego piece finder for any Lego building crisis.
- I can slap together two (relatively healthy) school lunches, and get my children up, ready, fed, and out the door in less than 25 minutes.
- I can make a child who is crying over something ridiculous laugh by being even more ridiculous than the thing they are crying over.
- And this one:
Parenting takes a certain skill set, like being stealthy when sneaking your kid’s favorite cardboard box out to the curb for garbage pickup.
— the Mom TruthBomb (@momTruthBomb) March 4, 2016
I believe that it’s all these little skills and abilities that make a Mom super. Balancing everyday life while being there for your kids through all the little, mundane moments of the day is what it’s all about. And always remember that even if you don’t make cute cupcakes that match the party favors for your kid’s birthday party theme, you are still a Super Mom.