Motherhood is an interesting gig. There are few areas of life where it feels like the stakes are so high. Where success is so crucial. I’ve been entrusted with these HUMAN BEINGS. With their formation, their psyches, their start. With being a good steward of their talents, their promise, their hearts. I can fail at a lot of things, but in this area, “success” (whatever that looks like) matters. I think all mothers feel that way.
And almost as bad as actually failing is looking like you’re failing to all the other mothers who seem to have it all together. How do they always make it to preschool on time when I’m always running 5 minutes late? How do they manage to get a wholesome dinner on the table nightly when I’m thinking “MAN the words ‘WELCOME TO MOOOOOE’s are sounding good about now. Her house is ALWAYS clean. Does she have some straightening gene that I wasn’t born with?
The truth is (and I say this often), this gig is HARD. And it’s made harder by the belief that everyone around you is doing great and you’re somehow the anomaly in your struggle. Repeat after me: THIS GIG IS HARD. It’s glorious, but it’s also difficult. Or as Glennon Doyle would say: It’s “brutiful.”
Anyway, my friend, colleague and long-term mentor Katherine Wintsch gave a TEDTalk to this effect a couple years back and I think it bears repeating as Mother’s Day rapidly approaches. Check it out. Laugh. Cry. Say AMEN! Then “Like” it and SHARE it because Katherine is awesome.
Katherine Wintsch is the Founder of The Mom Complex, a strategic consultancy that gets moms to get real about what modern motherhood is really like — and gets Fortune 500 companies to pay attention.