Don’t Tell Me I’m Awesome

22 Jan

`The internet is full of mommy blogs and internet articles to tell all us moms that we are awesome and amazing and super—even if our 4 year old isn’t potty trained yet, our house has a crunchy floor, and we haven’t done laundry or mopped the floor in living memory.

I had twins a year and a half ago.  They made babies # 8 and 9 for me.  I know how to make bread and I know how to sew.  I cook from scratch, and my family is pretty happy to eat the food I cook unless I commit the awful sin of not chopping the onions finely enough.  I am not awesome because I do these things.  My mom taught me how to do them, and so I can do them, much like any other woman out there who does what she learned from her mother and tries her best to be a good mother to her own children.

I love to teach and I like to make pretty things and read books about interesting ideas.  I like to share about what I am excited about.  Usually the response I get is

“Wow, you are amazing, I could never do that.”

“You are a super mom.”

This pretty much makes me feel like a shmuck.  I wasn’t sharing because I was seeking praise.  I was sharing because I was excited.  I want to hear about what other people excited about. I want them to be excited about what I’m excited about.  Instead, I’m stuck all by my self in a time-out called “You are Awesome.”

Sometimes I share about the struggles that I have.

I get the same responses.

“You are a super mom.”

“I could never do what you do.”

“You are so patient.”

“You are awesome.”

Sometimes I want to argue with people.  I want to tell them that they could do what I do—

which is do the best I can with what I’ve been given.

I want to tell them that I’m not patient; I’m just too tired to fight battles that aren’t worth fighting. Or I’ve realized that some things aren’t important enough to get mad about.

“God gave those twins to you instead of me because I couldn’t handle them, but you can.”

Maybe, but I seriously doubt it.

I think God helps me deal with what life throws at me.  Just like God helps others deal with what life throws them.

Besides, I don’t want to be told that I’m super mom.   I was looking for connection, maybe even asking for help.  But instead I am again isolated by the assumption that I can be patted on the back and told I’m awesome and that this will magically help me feel happy and not exhausted.  Is it too much to ask to let me join the ranks of normal mom and have normal mom friends?

Next time you have a friend who shares what she is excited about, instead of telling her she is amazing, say “That’s cool.  I’d like to try it, could you show me how?” Or  “Neat! Here is this cool thing that I am excited about.”

Next time your friend mentions her struggles, maybe she doesn’t need to be told how far superior she is to all the other humans.  How no one can match her.  Maybe she doesn’t feel awesome and telling her she is awesome will just make her feel the gap more.

Maybe she just needs a friend beside her, to know she isn’t alone, a few laughs about how life is crazy, and a salted-caramel-truffle blizzard from Dairy Queen.

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8 Responses to “Don’t Tell Me I’m Awesome”

  1. withwingswesoar January 22, 2017 at 8:27 PM #

    I think often as twin moms, we do suffer a sort of isolation from other moms. Is it out of fear? Admiration? Unassurance? I don’t know. I know I isolate myself often out of fatigue & embarrassment sometimes. I get exhausted chasing my boys around, and embarrassed especially bc others do not tend to understand their conditions. But I truly understand that like you, you pick your battles & let the rest go. Oh, and instead of salted-carmel-truffle blizzard, I’ll go with the salted-carmel latte😄 but I’ll gladly bring you the blizzard😋

    • GlowWorm January 22, 2017 at 11:13 PM #

      Isolation out of fatigue for sure. It’s so hard to go anywhere with the twins! No one’s house is baby proof.

    • GlowWorm January 23, 2017 at 1:44 PM #

      Also I think it is because there are some things singleton Moms can’t know.

  2. stevesmelody January 26, 2017 at 12:30 PM #

    Well I DO think you’re awesome, because you CAN do things I can’t. But then, probably I can do things you can’t too, which is where the connection comes in as we discuss our differences and our similarities.

    I get the same responses about parenting Michael. But I deserve them, thank you very much! 😉 I DO have the patience of Job with that kid, and I like hearing it. BUT, I also like it when people tell me about their struggle with chronically ill children and some things that worked for them.

    By the way, I’m getting back into photography. I’d like to sign up to be a NILMDTS photographer. I have a wedding set up for the spring. That is the thing of my excitement right now. We won’t discuss my intense emotional breakdown b/c things really DID settle down, so now I really CAN have that breakdown I’ve been planning for years. That emotional crap is a drag.

    Thanks for your blog, for your views, for sharing your talents and creativity, and also for sharing practical advice. It motivates me to try new things or recognize what I similarly do.

    ♥ ♥ ♥

    • GlowWorm January 26, 2017 at 1:23 PM #

      Thank you, Melody! I’m so glad you are getting back into photography:) wonderful!! …emotional breakdown…yeah this post was written in the middle of mine. I thought I was ok with some things and my body said, “wake up call–you are not.” It was an intense 3 weeks of insomnia, stress hives, anxiety attacks, lots of crying, etc. until I suddenly realized what the problem was. Now I am slowly getting better and I feel curiously cleansed-though I would not have expected to.
      Here’s to getting the emotional crap out so more light can come in. ❤

      • stevesmelody February 17, 2017 at 3:32 PM #

        Absolutely!

  3. slowdownmom March 8, 2017 at 4:35 PM #

    I experienced something similar when I had my first kid. I still wasn’t allowed into the “mommy club” because I couldn’t understand what it’s like to have 3,4, etc kids. Well, no, I didn’t. But, I’m still a mom! Shouldn’t we all be in the same club? And my son was such a handful, it took us 3 years to commit to a second kid. Now I have 2 kids, so now other moms seem to see me as legit. But I missed out on support and encouragement in those early years because there was so much “wait until you’re chasing 3 kids around the house” statements coming at me every time I was tired or had a complaint.

    • GlowWorm March 8, 2017 at 5:19 PM #

      It’s terrible the way we have to prove that our own work is harder and one up each other. I hated all the “wait until they are teenagers” comments that I got. As a society, we need to stop thinking that doing hard stuff makes us better than the next person and just start lifting each other up!!

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