There have been a few articles floating around the interwebs recently about the different types of moms. There are a lot of different types of moms. Working moms, Stay at home Moms, Work at home moms, Moms that travel, Single moms who do it all, etc. Regardless though of all the different “types” of moms, we are all people, too. Our role in our family is Mother, but before we became mothers we were people. We had lives before our children. Some of us traveled and saw the world-or the country. Some of us got degrees and some of us gained all of our education through pure life experience. Some of us stayed in our hometowns to cultivate lifelong friendships and grow our families together, and some of us left to new places of discovery. There are many different ways we grew, developed, changed, and matured as women.
Then we became mothers. Oh how there are so many ways to categorize mothers. There are those I listed above, but also so many more. There are natural mothers, traditional mothers, attachment mothers, breastfeeding advocates, formula feeding mothers, mothers who practiced baby led weaning, those who co-sleep, those who room share, those whose babies slept in their cribs from day one, those who travel the world with their children, those who do things for themselves, those who feel guilty when doing anything for themselves, those who home school, those who take their children everywhere with them, those who adapt their lives to focus around their children, those who involve their children in all things they enjoyed before children became a part of their lives…and the list goes on and on.
As mothers, let’s remind ourselves-over and over, when we are out and about and we are surrounded by other mothers. When we come across others who parent differently from us, who’s lives are not our lives, who’s children are not our children. Let’s remind ourselves that they are not us, we are not them, and even though we may be different in our parenting styles, we are both still mothers and our children are thriving, happy, laughing, and amazing. We still need support through; tantrums,feedings, naptimes, multi-tasking, self imposed mom guilt, sleepless nights, feeling overwhelmed, procuring hobbies that are our own, again, the list is endless.
To all my mom friends, I raise a glass to you. I am here to support you. To let you know that even though it may have been a rough day, you are doing a fabulous job. Below are pictures of just some of my own personal community of mothers.