I am often baffled at the levels we seem to compete at as Mums, let alone working Mums. I feel like I am back in high school – the dawky young dancer girl with the wrong clothes and weird body, with all the competition that seems to be out there in the world of being a Mum.
How are we meant to keep up with it all? Are we meant to be so perfect that we don’t need to eat and sleep just so we can be Super Mum – NO!
After a few calls this week where people are amazed at what I do, my team or my ability to juggle and people who think I am a Super Mum, it is time to share the wheels fall off here too. I have bad days things don’t go to plan and I end up crying when I just can’t handle it anymore – after all I am Mum not Super Mum!
Emotionally being a Mum in business can be hard, especially if you work from home – you juggle the kids and are isolated from the people contact you are used to. We need to take care of us as Mums and support each other through this journey. The appearance of a calm duck on the surface most often means scrambling hectic feet underneath.
Being a Mum is the most amazing and most judged job in the world. I remember when a girlfriend told me that I give Miss C too much food. I felt like crap, and then I thought a bit more – it was her way of coping that her little boy was not eating like Miss C.
Super Mum is an ugly concept and an ideal that keeps us all striving to be something no one can ever be, so I say “Stop trying!”.
Why not try being Mum – Not Super Mum; I think we would all be happier in the end.