I’m a crap mum

IMG_1957And in all likelihood, you are too.

Apparently we all are.

You see, for just about every perceived “win” I have celebrated as a mother, there is someone online or someone who has written a book, someone who is a sleep expert or a feeding expert or a settling expert, someone who is a being-a-dickhead expert trolling parenting articles or forums or facebook groups… All who happily extoll (unsolicited) opinions and expert advice, scientifically proven by highly official, passive aggressive I’m-right-and-you’re-wrong factoids pertaining to how my way (or your way or someone else’s way) is wrong.

In short, there is basically always someone willing to tell you “actually, you’re crap”.

imageEven when you write an article about one of your most epic mummy fails to date, confessing to the whole entire internet how crap at motherhood you can be, there are still people who will eagerly misinterpret it as very serious and in depth commentary about what an amazing mother you are (how dare you!!!!!), not to mention an outrageous slur on the generous philanthropic balloon giving scheme of a large chain hardware store and thus feel the need to remind you that you’re actually crap.

Thank you altruistic stranger, I already had a fair idea that I’m equal parts crap and incompetent, but the reminder was timely.

So, I’m a mum.

I’m also a woman, wife, a daughter, a sister, a friend, a fan girl, an idiot (true story!) and apparently I’m a writer too. Sometimes of articles, sometimes of One Direction fan mail (I’m kidding…..), more commonly of shopping lists and wildly hilarious text messages.

It’s a tough gig trying to be all things to all people, and truth be told frequently I do feel like I’m not quite nailing the starring role in my own life but rather bumbling through as a comedic supporting cast member who falls over things in plain sight, has inappropriate thoughts and says stupid shit at inopportune moments powered by coffee and delirium. That’s kind of how I roll.

Of my many roles, the one I question myself on most is motherhood. In all my other permutations I have a resonable amount of experience. I’ve been a daughter, sister and idiot my whole life, a wife for 5 years, an ever evolving fan girl since I was 15 and first laid eyes on Taylor Hanson.

Motherhood however is still pretty new to me, I’m just three and a half years in with twins and 8 months with our littlest.

Here I am, casually masquerading as a good mother
Here I am, casually masquerading as a good mother
Finding my own way as a mother I’ve tried to figure out how to do it “right”. How to do it “well”. Or at the very least, how to be less crap than I was the day I took my kids to Bunnings.

I’ve done things the way I’ve felt most comfortable and I think that, for the most part, I’ve done an ok job of it so far. Cue angry comment from random expert opinion giver yelling at me for daring to suggest that occasionally I’m a good mother.

Anyway, I like to think I’m a good mum despite the many things I do and will probably continue to do that make me a crap one. I have also watched friends and loved ones around me become mothers, doing things their way, differently to the way I’ve done things.

Differently, but equally as crap.

(Apparently).

I’m surrounded by absolutely amazing mothers, most of whom think at some point, if not daily, that they’re doing it wrong.

And that thought has lead me to wonder what even makes a good mum.

So I decided to write a list of some of the things you might do that make you a “crap” mum, when actually you’re a great mum. I couldn’t possibly list everything, because the amount of ways mums are crap (amazing) is immeasurable.

Ways to be a great crap mum – according to a panel of expert experts with expertise in the field of excellence 

Have one child

Have two children

Have more children

Have as many children or as few children as you want

Have a small age gap between your children

Have a big age gap between your children

Breastfeed

Bottle feed

Combination feed

FEED your baby

Co sleep

Sleep in the same room

Sleep in a different room

SLEEP at some point, whenever, however you can! Just get some sleep!

Use a baby monitor

Don’t use a baby monitor

Be a stay at home mum

Work part time

Work full time

Work from home

Be a single mum

Have a partner

Have a husband

Have a wife

Wear your baby

Carry your baby

Put your baby in a pram

Make home made baby food

Buy baby food

Feed your baby with a spoon

Follow baby lead weaning

FEED your baby

Be firm

Be soft

Let them get away with things

Don’t let them get away with things

Use cloth nappies

Use disposable nappies

Sleep train

Follow attachment parenting techniques

Give a dummy

Don’t give a dummy

Pat to sleep

Rock to sleep

Feed to sleep

FEED

SLEEP

LOVE

FEED

SLEEP

PLAY

FEED

SLEEP

LOVE

I think you see where I’m going with this.

So after all that, you know what I’ve figured out? We’re all trying our best to be great mums and do the “right” thing, because we actually give a shit about not being crap.

And if you care enough to want to be a good mum, to strive everyday to be a good mum, then you probably already are. Because like me, and like all the other mums out there questioning their decisions and their parenting, you love your kids a crap-tonne. And that’s the absolute best kind of crap.

Either that or we’re all just as crap (amazing) as each other.

But not quite as amazing (crap) as me the day I took my kids to Bunnings πŸ˜‚

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11 thoughts on “I’m a crap mum

    1. Oh yep! Adopted and foster parents are certainly not exempt.. They are included in the whole big banner of mumhood lol. However the kid gets in your possession, you’re pretty much crapping it up, no doubt. Lol how to be a crap mum.. Give birth. So damn true. And yep, even in pregnancy too! Be a crap mum. Eat a ham sandwich.

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  1. I can’t remember if I commented or not, but I remember reading your Bunnings story (I thought it was great) and I find it hilarious that someone found a way to have a crack at you about it. Oh people, chillax.

    I’m right there with you on the whole crap/great mum thing. x

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