Why yes, I AM MOM ENOUGH

By now you have probably seen the shocking *gasp* pic on the cover of Time Magazine. The mag comes out tomorrow but the image is viral. It struts a very attractive- not an ounce of fat on her body, blonde haired, tall – 26 year old mom, standing upright and looking right into the camera while her 3year old son stands on a little chair sucking on her breast. {p.s. – fast forward 15 years from today – this kid is NEVER going to live this down!}

Hmm… Happy Mothers day y’all!

The headline reads.. ARE YOU MOM ENOUGH?

The article is about attachment parenting and yada yada… go read it if you care.

My issue is the question presented. Asking me… AM I MOM ENOUGH?

Mom enough for what? for who? and who is judging?

Let me tell you right now that there are so many pressures being a parent, specifically a mother.  Mothers constantly juggle family life, career, loss of career,  social life and that ever-present “I am losing my identity” crisis.

So why is TIME magazine asking me if I am mother enough and what does that mean and how is TIME justifying this?

I skipped the baby years with Lily. We adopted her when she was 3 years old. She was potty trained, speaking, walking, eating solids and she was awesome.

So does this disqualify my mommyhood status?

I didn’t suffer through the infant years and went straight for the cute years?  I didn’t breastfeed, or practice attachment parenting, diaper changes, or have months of sleepless nights due to crying baby…what else am I missing?

I might just not be MOM enough.

Of course this article has to come out during Mothers Day, why celebrate the good of motherhood when we can ask them a question to make them feel insecure.

My house is messy, I sometimes forget Lily’s snack, I still have christmas presents wrapped that need to be sent to my god children, I don’t cook often, I don’t plan meals, my laundry is overflowing because the laundry fairy has quit us, the guinea pigs cage is not clean right now, the flowers are not planted, my kitchen apron.. i don’t have a kitchen apron, I don’t have full make up and a dress with stilettos when I greet my chirpy kid from school every day and I …. oh gosh i could go on!

But I AM mother enough and so are you and don’t let some sensational mag cover desperate for selling issues at our expense make you feel any different.

Be proud of your ways and charge forward, that little one looking up at you thinks you are the QUEEN BEE so own it!

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  1. I don’t care about the caption, but I do care about that poor little boy who is being exploited to make a point. Shame on Time and shame on his mother. I’m mom enough not to put my children in harms way just to make a political statement. And, no, I do not need to breastfeed my kids (at all, never mind for 4 years) or sleep with them or whatever to be “mom enough.” I just love them and try to protect them from experiences like those that kid will experience in middle school and beyond once his peers get their hands on that picture.

  2. AMEN sista! So proud to call you my friend after reading this. You are TOTALLY mom enough. You’re the best mom I know!! Time magazine can SUCK it! (no pun intended…lol)

  3. I totally agree, we are all Mom’s enough, or in my little one’s words, the best mom in the whole wide world and as long as i am that to them, I dont really care what some mag says.
    and yes, cant imagine the look on the kids face 15 years down the line 🙂
    thats good

  4. Awesome post! I think we are all afraid of that question, “Am I Mom Enough?” and the mag plays on that to draw readers. Yes you are; yes I am; yes we all are. Sadly, it doesn’t sound like the editors of time really understand what a mother is.

    Btw, who the heck breastfeeds anyone standing like that?