Parenting can be overwhelming at times and there are days you’ll come across mothers who seem to have the whole parenting thing down, and others not so much.
Before we go into detail about the different types of mothers you might run into every now an then… and before you start laughing and secretly judging… it’s best you remind yourself that someone out there (those closest to you) already has identified and labelled you… yes you!
1. The Workaholic Mom
Every time you see this mother, she’s busy on her phone checking e-mails or making important calls during a sports meeting. Don’t get me wrong, we know she loves her kids, but the thought of not being up to date with everything work-related terrifies her more than missing the latest on whose child is captain of the soccer team.
2. The Know-It-All Mom
This one is ready to correct everything you do. “Gosh no, that’s not how you’re supposed to tie it! I do it like this…” She usually means well, but she tends to rub up you the wrong way, right?
3. Forever Complaining Mom
You’ve decided to stop asking her how she’s doing because she’ll start going on and on about everything that is wrong with not just her life, but the rest of the world too. Throwing shade… run the other way!
4. The Chilled Mom
She makes parenting look effortless; she’s charming, beautiful and just a genuinely happy person who also has the best, well-behaved kids, or so she wants us to believe. Yes, we all envy her.
5. The Bragging Mom
She brags about everything. She’ll tell you about how her kids aren’t picky eaters (cue: bring in your picky eater), her kids hardly get sick, their school marks are always high, and, and, and… basically everything in her life is brag-worthy.
6. The Health Freak Mom
For breakfast you gave your kids a bar of chocolate or a sugary cereal; our health freak mom will feed her kids a healthy brown-bread sandwich with veggies on the side, and she will look down at you for giving your child a packet of crisps.
7. The Disorganised Mom
When it comes to being organised, this mom makes you look like the most organised mom ever! She’s either running late or her kids are dressed in mismatched outfits, or she either forgot the kid’s bag, assignments or lunchbox at home.
8. The Social Media Mom
She is glued to her phone. She can’t go a day without posting a picture with her kids, sharing parenting or mommy jokes or making parenting-related comments on all her social platforms. The first few times these gestures are cute, but they stop being adorable when the hundreth picture appears on your timeline.
You’ve definitely met these classic kinds of mothers and you probably fit in there somewhere too. Although some might make us cringe or run the other way whenever we see them, they’re mothers and we just have to love them. We love you!
By Thina Mthembu. Image: Shutterstock.