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Growth Spurts: I Am Not a SuperMom

I am not a SuperMom. I do not have it all together, nor do I balance it all.

My house is usually messy, as is my minivan. I let my dogs get on the furniture. I hate to dust. If wrinkles don’t come out in the dryer- oh well. I sleep late whenever possible, and I don’t mean 7:30. I mean 10:00. I’m perfectly happy wearing a t-shirt, jeans, and tennis shoes every day. I don’t mind going to public places without makeup. I do not adhere to the American Association of Pediatrics’ recommendations for screen time allotment for my children. I don’t always like to snuggle with my kids, because sometimes I just need some personal space. I do not exercise regularly. Yes, I know I should. Though I greatly admire those who are on it, I have little desire to be on the PTO Board myself. (I prefer just helping with classroom parties, service projects, and anything that involves baking.) I drink Coke. Real Coke. And I like it. And yes, I let my kids drink it, too.

I don’t mind if my kids wear jeans with holes in the knees, if that’s what they want to wear. My son’s hair is pretty long and never combed. I can be really impatient with my kids. We probably eat too many sweets, because I have an insatiable affinity for all things chocolate. Though we have guests in our home rather frequently, being a hostess does not come very naturally or easily for me. I take medication for anxiety. I am glad that Little Caesar’s is less than five minutes from my house. Though I did it, I didn’t love breastfeeding. I have never had the desire to homeschool, nor do I even enjoy helping my kids with their homework. (I do it. I just don’t enjoy it.) I battle my tendencies for laziness and selfishness. I never considered using cloth diapers on my babies. I didn’t read books to my kids every night when they were little, because honestly, I just wanted them to go to sleep.

However.

I love my children more than I could ever describe or even comprehend. I do keep them fed and clothed and reasonably clean. I encouragecreativity, responsibility, and independence. I allow my children to fail at times and then teach them to learn from their mistakes. I listen to them, no matter what they’re talking about. I am their biggest cheerleader (and I’m not a cheerleader). I hug them, kiss them, and hold their faces in my hands so that I can look right into their eyes and try to convey how much I love them and think they are the greatest people in the world. My husband and I are madly in love with each other, and our children know that our marriage is the priority. I believe in my children. I help them discover their strengths and talents, while simultaneously acknowledging their weaknesses and struggles. And I share my own weaknesses and struggles with them, so they understand that none of us is perfect.

Fellow Not-So-SuperMoms, let’s help each other focus on those things that we are doing well. Let’s help each other find peace and grace in being the moms we were created to be.

 

Carrie Bevell Partridge lives in an unkempt house in Ridgeland, MS, with her loving but messy husband, three screen-loving but creative children, and two couch-potato dogs. She could use some chocolate right about now. And a nap.

About The Author

Carrie Partridge

Carrie Bevell Partridge grew up in Memphis, TN with her parents and four siblings. She attended Mississippi College, where she met her husband Kevin. They have been married for 20 years and have five children. They live in Ridgeland, MS. Carrie has written the “Growth Spurts” column and managed social media for Parents & Kids Magazine since 2011. You can read more of her work at carriebevellpartridge.com and Facebook.com/carriebevellpartridge.

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