I Might Be the Mom the Internet Hates.

I like my home to be clean. I shower and put on make-up daily. I like to make home made dinners. I smile and am usually a positive person. Apparently that makes me the most annoying mom on the internet.

No…..I’m not at all (remotely or even kind of close to) perfect. But, it seems lately online, if you are a stay at home mom and like the gig, so many mom blogger wants to make you feel bad for it. I am assuming most of these posts I hear are tongue and cheek.  I actually can get a good laugh from some pieces.  But I wonder if there is any seriousness to what they are saying.  Like everyone else….I have bad days (like yesterday….pregnant, exhausted and a non-napping, teething toddler).  But for the most part I love what I do!

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I love to dress my kiddos in matching outfits.

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I think it just part of how I was raised and my own type A personality, but I hate a mess and want things done ‘just so’. I will be the first person to admit I am a bit of a control freak.  And yes, I have been known to complain to my husband after a long day with the kids…..that’s just natural.  But I know when I wake up in the morning it is a chance to start fresh and put positive, happy vibes into the world.

I’ve actually gotten the side eye when I showed up to a play date freshly showered and in full make-up.  I don’t think any less of moms who don’t do these thing. I think we all need to do what we need to do to get through the day.

Just because my house is (usually) clean does not mean I neglect my children. Freshly vacuumed carpets and gleaming kitchen counters make me feel calm and in control. Again, I’m not saying there is ANYTHING wrong with not doing it…..I just don’t like going to bed with dirty dishes in the sink.

And I LOVE Pintrest.  Seriously, I do.  I find it inspirational…..it give me great ideas and lets me show off my creativity.  I don’t scroll through it and hate all of the pretty pins of cute ideas.  I happen to think making a cupcake that looks like a lamb is a wonderful idea for a barnyard first birthday!

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Pintrest birthday party for the win!!

Yes, I often coordinate my kids outfits when we go out to dinner.

Yes, I do my best to bake homemade treats for my kid’s classroom parties.

Yes, I iron all of our pillowcases because I like them to look crisp. (Even I will admit this might be going too far).

These things make me happy! And if I am happy, I can enjoy the time (which is most of my time) with my family.  In my opinion, being happy just does not come easily for everyone. Sure we all have happy (and sad) moments in life, but to be a genuinely happy person takes a little effort and work.

I want to know that I have given my best to everyday.  I look back at old pictures and remember that I really did enjoy that trip to the zoo, or birthday party.  Maybe it took me some extra effort, but to me it was worth it.

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15 thoughts on “I Might Be the Mom the Internet Hates.

  1. I can’t stand dirty dishes in the sink at night either. I love prepping stuff the night before including our clothes even though we aren’t necessarily going any where. I just feel better when I have things done the night before… I sleep better and it makes my mornings a lot smoother which makes me a happy mom. There is nothing wrong with being you and doing what works best for you and your family. Being a mom in the age of social media and blogging is difficult.

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  2. I feel you. I HATE a mess and try my best to keep things neat. Our house is being slowly renovated, so it’s a little difficult, because almost NOTHING looks how I want it to, but I do find cleaning calming anyway!

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  3. Great post! There are so many things that make life hard, we all just need to support each other. I also love being a stay at home mom. I like having the house clean, but I will say that being pregnant with a toddler that doesn’t like to nap has started to take it’s toll on our house!

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  4. Yes!! I can’t stand a messy house sndbit will drive me crazy so I take a few minutes to clean. I think we all need to rep the idea that are kids should be entertained 100% of the time. There’s nothing wrong with independent play while mom cleans or does her makeup. We (moms) matter too.

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