We all had visions of how we’d parent when the time came. I clearly remember saying things like, “I would never let my kid do THAT!” It makes me shudder to think of the time my child did THAT (and more than once). From the time we utter those dreaded words to the time we actually have to figure it out, so much has happened. We’ve read books, listened to friends and lived life as a real-live parent. All these experiences change our perspective and our choices. So, which parent did you end up becoming?
Are you the mom that brings homemade “Sprinkles” style cupcakes (that took three days to decorate) to school? Would your child’s Halloween costume be featured in Martha Stewart Magazine? Or did you swing by Von’s to pick up a package of whatever is left before the bell rang, and maybe you picked up your son’s Halloween costume while you were there? Or do you fluctuate between the two? I try to do a little of both. I made a Dinosaur birthday cake for my son one year that sloped from one side to the other. So, I put my plastic mountain on the high side and had lava float down the cake to the pond I made with icing. (I MADE A POND OUT OF ICING! Genius!) More often than not, I’m the one swinging by the grocery store last-minute. So, I guess you could say I’ve experienced both sides of the “Mom Spectrum”.
Luckily, we don’t have to choose which type we are. The first mom uses her cupcakes to show her child how much she loves them by spending her time patiently making those suckers beautiful. She may even enjoy it! Creating these masterpieces could have been something that she dreamed about before her child was born. The second mom may feel that she would rather spend her time with her child playing outside, instead of baking. She chooses to show her love in a way that suits her. The rest of us are just trying to love our kids the best way we know… with a Party City Halloween costume here and a Dinosaur cake there.
So, what type of mom are you? I’d venture to guess – the loving kind.