Like most moms we fall short from time to time. None of us are perfect. In addition to falling short we all have different parenting styles which can appear as if we are doing this mom thing all wrong. I’ve learned that it’s all opinion and perception.
(un)Natural Mom by Hettie Brittz goes into details of how she fell short on some things and how other moms perceived her parenting style as “wrong” because it wasn’t the same style of parenting they had. I must admit, I’m guilty of this too. I’m not proud of it but we live in a very judgmental society and judgement happens. Trust me, this also doesn’t mean I’m a perfect mom but at the end of the day my kid feels loved, safe an nurtured so I know I’m doing something right.
Brittz defines an (un)Natural mom as “any mom who finds some everyday aspect of motherhood so challenging that she experiences shame, fear or even despair.” [raises hand] been there! Most recently with sleep training. My daughter was one year and one week old before I got serious about sleep training and her sleeping in her crib. People made me feel like I was so wrong because she slept in the bed with us so long. I was ashamed sometimes to tell people she was sleeping with us at 12 months. Honestly, the shame is not what drove me to sleep train, the lack of sleep we were getting was the driving force. Now that she sleeps alone I’m catching slack because the crib is in our room. #iCantWin
Brittz defines a (super)Natural mom as “not perfect; she is perfectly content with making the best of the aspects of motherhood that God has gifted her with.” This is me! I’m doing the best I can and making the best of the hand I was dealt.
Over all this was a good book. It was real! A mom sharing her journey, literally the highs and lows. It was eye opening and humbling. A recommended read for all moms!