I’m not Supermom, but that’s okay

It’s 11:15 am on my work day and I’m FINALLY just sitting down to work. It’s been one of those days today. We woke up late and sent the kids off to school without a packed lunch. Yogurt meals for them today. My kitchen is a disaster. We dropped off Lia and then drove the 30 minutes down to our studio to work. And then we found out that we left Josh’s keyboard at home. So, I drove ALL the way back home to get it. And now it’s after 11 am. We have to pick up Lia at 2:45 pm, which means our work day ends at 2 pm.

My to-do list is SO long. I had lunch with a friend yesterday and she said, “I don’t know how you guys do it all.” To which I replied, “we don’t. We’re just good at faking it.” Some days I feel like Supermom. I remember to send the right teacher appreciation gift in the right backpack on the right day, I actually make dinner instead of making the kids instant oatmeal, and get them all into bed without somebody crying or slamming a door.

But some days, I’m barely hanging on. We’re grabbing Chipotle for the third time in a week, Max is whining because he can’t find any clean socks, and I’m so exhausted at the end of the day that all I want to do is watch Hulu and ignore my work. And I know it’s easy to to feel like everybody else has their act together and you’re the only one that’s a hot mess. But I just wanted to let you know that I’m a hot mess most days too. So can we just be a hot mess together and recognize that raising kids and running a business (or working part time or full time or running a household) is hard and being so busy takes a lot out of you?

Because I know I’d feel a lot better knowing that I’m not the only mom who’s begging her four year-old to PLEASE put her shoes on (for the 42nd time), whose 8 year-old slams doors and says she’s a mean mom, and whose 6 year-old screams when she has to sleep alone because she won’t quit talking to her brother at 9:30 pm and they both wake up grumpy because they’re tired.

I’m counting down the days till summer. I’m so ready to just spend some time with our kids that doesn’t involve packing lunches and backpacks or driving across town for back-to-back soccer games. And we’re light on weddings this summer, so we have a lot of travel and a lot of fun activities planned on our summer bucket list! This is our last summer before all the kids are in school… which is really hard to believe. But we’re going to make the most out of our time this summer. We hope you’ll join us for the 2013 Summer Bucket List Challenge and make this summer extra awesome for your family too! And P.S. give yourself a break… you’re doing a great job!

Jenny (290 Posts)

Jenny Solar is the co-founder of The Happy Family Movement and Phone Monsters, Inc. She's a wife to Josh and mama to three kiddos: Max, Ava, and Lia. She's passionate about creating memorable experiences for her family and inspiring others to do the same.


You know I ADORE the "real life" posts.  Keep it real sister. ;) That "reset" button always gets hit at some point, and everything is good again!