I've been thinking a lot lately about how much my life has changed since my girls were born. I read a blog not too long ago where the writer talked about all the things she would NEVER let her kids do should she ever have any, and it occured to me that I used to do the same thing. It's so easy to cast judgement when it's not you in the mommy seat.
Since entering into the kingdom of motherhood, I've come to believe that being a mom is THE thing that people are the most opinionated about in the whole entire world. Seriously- I think it's more intense than religion or politics. What one mom couldn't 'live' without, another mom has never thought to use. What one mom would NEVER let her kid do, another mom lets her kids do every. single. day. We differ on every aspect of parenting, and yet so many of us have kids who turn out to be WONDERFUL in so many ways.
I'll be the first to admit that these differences were somewhat confusing and a little frustrating to me after Libby was first born. The "who do I listen to?" struggle was a bit much at times. However, six years and another baby later, I've come to realize that it's all about what works for you and your child. I mean, as long as your child is taken care of, what does it really matter what bottle brand you prefer, how long your kid takes a paci, and whether or not you prefer homemade baby food to store bought? We're all in the same boat here, and essentially we all are just trying to do the best we can as we struggle through motherhood and all the trials it entails.
With that being said, I've spent some time lately thinking about blogging and what it is that I love so much about it. There are so many things I adore, but I think my FAVORITE thing about blogging is that it helps me realize that I'm not the only mom out there whose kid doesn't always listen, whose house isn't ALWAYS in perfect order, and whose pj's seem to stay on a little too long each day. I think that the computer allows us to be a little more honest with each other than we would be at a playgroup with people we know in real life. And with honesty comes support-- I honestly find comfort in knowing I'm not the only one who sometimes struggles in my day-to-day life as a mom.
So, I'm asking to hear from some of you.... I'd like to a week's worth of guest posters who will post about "Which Mom Am I". It's a post for you to talk about anything from what you prefer, what drives you nutso, what you can't live without, what you let you kid do now that you never thought you'd allow, what inspires you most as a mother....basically anything you think could encourage another mom in some way.
If you're interested, leave me a comment or send me an e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your name, blog address, and at least one line from your will-be post. I'll choose a week's worth and let you know. Please try to do this by next Tuesday, September 28th. If you're chosen, I'll contact you Wednesday, September 29th, and the "Mom Fest" will take place the second week of October. Can't wait to hear about your take on the adventure that is motherhood!