Helloooo Internet Wanderers!
This has nothing to do with baked goods, but never fear: I’ve been baking away and will post lots of pretty cake pictures soon.
I’ve read several blog posts and Facebook statuses lately regarding the widely spread advice being given by the baby boomer generation to those of us currently entrenched in the early stages of motherhood: “Enjoy every minute!”
Most of what I’ve read lately speaks to how that (and similar) advice tends to put more guilty feelings on those of us who do have young children and are sometimes struggling to survive with our sanity and at least some of our furniture intact and are definitely NOT enjoying EVERY MINUTE. I have been that frazzled Mom, wallowing in guilt and wondering what I’m doing wrong.
But that’s not really what I want to write about. In most cases, I don’t think the advice-giver is trying to heap guilt or even say that they themselves ENJOYED EVERY MINUTE. I think that what they are trying to do is remind us frazzled Moms that this time does go by quickly, it doesn’t last forever, and there are a lot of precious moments scattered in with all of the chaos and frustration. Cling to those moments and try to focus on them, rather than on the negative. I hope that’s what the advisors are trying to say, and that’s how I take the advice.
So, if you’re one who spreads the ENJOY EVERY MINUTE sunshine, keep on keepin’ on. But if you want to throw in a few stories of times where things didn’t go so smoothly, but you could laugh about it later, do so. We frazzled Mommies enjoy those stories. They are comforting. They give us hope. They let us know we’re not alone in our “imperfect” parenting.
And they’re funny.
My two cents have been given!