You want to know the truth? The truth is I`m sitting here tapping away at the keyboard procrastinating on a sponsored post I’m supposed to be writing. Want to hear some more truth bombs? If I told you I did things ahead of time, I’m organized, always on top of my workload, housework, and all the other hats I wear as a mother: chauffeuring, counseling, mediating, cooking, cleaning, the list goes on and on, then I would be straight up… lying! In fact, my nose would be longer than Pinocchio’s, with the tip of it touching my computer screen.
Wouldn’t it be eye-opening (and funny), if our noses actually did grow when we lie and mask how we really feel about motherhood? Seriously, could you imagine how many moms would be walking the streets with noses longer than the wicked witch of the west! It would be insane. We would all look like clones! This could, however, motivate mothers to get honest with themselves, and those around them, instead of paying for an expensive nose job!
On a serious note, being an honest parent takes a tremendous amount of vulnerability and courage. The fear of being judged is such a strong force within a mother`s being, that in some cases masking our parenting imperfections with highlight reels, feels better than telling the god honest truth!
Here are some examples of some of the lies I’ve told myself in motherhood. I’ve lied about the loneliness I’ve felt. I’ve hidden the McDonald’s happy meal we may have fed our kids and instead I’ve shared a photo of the healthy green smoothie or whatever I made that wasn’t fast food. I’ve hidden the truth about the times I’ve wanted to hide in a closet and cry. Why the hell would I want to tell anyone I feel like I’m failing at motherhood and I feel like I’m going to have a breakdown? I’ve lied to my kids about eating their Halloween Candy too. I even tried baking for my children’s class once when I fully know I hate baking! So I was totally lying in motherhood about that one.
In addition, I don`t show the times I want to lose my shit on my children. Nor do I always disclose the truth about the times I’ve compared myself to other moms I think have all their shit together. I lie to myself all the time, telling myself I don`t need self-care. I tell myself there`s no time to make myself a priority. And the worst lie of all: saying I’m loving every minute of motherhood!
O.K., so maybe you haven’t lied about any of these things or maybe you just tell different motherhood lies. And if you haven`t told any motherhood lies, then big props to you! If our noses actually did grow if we lied, you`d be the mom that doesn’t look like Pinocchio or a wicked witch.
In all seriousness, and more importantly, from a character perspective, you’d be known as the brave mom. The mom who has learned not to give two flying birds what other moms think. The mom who doesn`t need validation from other moms, because the truth of your existence isn`t measured by other people`s opinions. You would be the epitome of honest motherhood and your courage, authenticity, vulnerability and hotness would inspire moms everywhere to trade in their sharp, long, pointy Pinocchio noses in for real-life ones.
Bravo, honest mom with the beautiful nose moms are longing for, keep telling yourself the truth, it looks good on you!
I think my nose just shrunk a few inches from writing this 😉