Recently I stumbled across one of those silly online quizzes that was titled what type of mom are you? I was intrigued so figured I would give it a shot...after answering a series of random questions I got the results and SURVEY SAYS...I'm a SuperMom!! Okay so clearly my results got mixed up with some else's, sorry to whoever got mine ;), after all this is the same mom who sends school slips back AFTER the due date EVERY single time. Heck I still can't figure out how to register my daughter for warm lunches at the school cafeteria and I have been trying now for 2 years. Not a chance this was correct. Take This Test
At this point I was determined to figure out what type of mom I am and since the last one was clearly a fraud I took another. This time the survey pegged me as the traditional mom. I do think this one was a little more accurate. I agree that the occasional spanking is okay when necessary and respect is an absolute must in our home. I also don’t typically agree with a lot of the newer age parenting styles to be honest (you know the ones where your kid could never be wrong or disciplined by anyone else). Take This Test
I was on a roll so I took one more test, third times a charm right? This one stated that I was the generous mom, that I want to make damn sure my kids have every opportunity to succeed that I may have missed out on. I definitely see this one in myself. As a woman with zero relationship with my mother I do think it effects my parenting style a lot. I have always had a feeling of loss from the lack of relationship with my mom. I think subconsciously I over compensate with my children. Never wanting them to feel one second of being unwanted or loneliness. I always am quick to give and I probably over nurture a bit, but if that is considered a parenting flaw than I am okay with it. Take This Test
It was entertaining taking these silly tests, but afterwards it really got me thinking about what type of mom I really was. The reality is I don't think any of us can be fit into one parenting style category. One day I am drink all your organic fresh green smoothie then let’s bake paleo cupcakes and make 5 crafts. Then the next I'm letting my kids eat left over pizza for breakfast, laughing at all the ridiculous things they probably shouldn't be doing and by the end of the day I scream “tag your it” to my husband so I can lock myself in my wine cellar along with those cupcakes from the day prior.
I really believe it is all about finding a balance. Sometimes we try to give give give, but in the end we really need a break. Maybe part of this is that our kids need a break as well from the organization and the go go go, to teach them all about balance and that one way is not always the only way! Parenting isn’t about being perfect. It’s about showing up. It’s about showing love. The important part is that we are teaching our children how to become loving, respectful, responsible, passionate yet adaptable humans.