STFU Parents: Happy Mother’s Day To The Moms Who Keep It Real

In honor of Mother’s Day this Sunday, I’m dedicating this column to moms who keep it real. You know the types of moms I’m referring to. They’re cool, honest, and aren’t afraid to tell it like it is, even if it’s at their own expense. The updates they write are appreciated, not eye-roll-inducing. They’re the types of women who are admired for figuring out how to discuss motherhood without sounding like a snob or a complainer or a helicopter mom. They take parenting seriously, but not too seriously, and their Facebook updates are reflections of that thoughtfulness and ease.

Keeping it real doesn’t necessarily mean that an update doesn’t mention poop or some detail of parenting that isn’t pretty. It just means the update is a little more confessional, whether it’s a mom expressing how she really feels at the end of a long day, or simply relaying a pro-tip that goes beyond the average “cloth vs. disposable diapers” argument.

Here are some examples to help kick off Mother’s Day a few days early:

1. Nobody’s Perfect

Women figured out that parenting is difficult hundreds of years ago, but that doesn’t mean it’s gotten any easier to admit. Sherly, I salute you and your candor.

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  • Sarah

    I am committing the mirror trick to memory in case any of my future children require it.

    Babies ARE easy to manipulate.

  • Jenn

    That mirror thing is genius and I’m totally stealing it!

    On a side note, is the “click a new page for every example” here to stay? Because it’s really annoying. I only come to this blog for B’s column, so I don’t think if this is across the board. But I’d rather spend 5 minutes reading through the examples than 10 clicking a new page for each thing.

    • Jenny

      Yeah. Sorry B, I know this kind of thing isn’t up to bloggers but “slideshows” like this drive me crazy. I won’t be back for the next article if it takes 5 page loads to read it.

    • carlie

      i love stfu, parents and i often read many other mommyish articles after this column (it was how i heard of mommyish to begin with!) but i’m not going to keep reading slideshow-style columns, either. c’mon, you guys.

  • Hibbie

    Erica and B, I love you! My toddler is going through the same awful thing. Right before I sat down to read this article I was thinking, “If I have to say ‘nap time/night night’ one more time I’m going to f’in LOSE IT!” Here’s to synchronicity, smart parents, and a witty blogger!

  • LiteBrite

    Damn! I wish I would’ve known about the mirror trick when my son was an infant. Great idea.

    And to Sherly, you and me both sistah.

  • rachel hensley

    I have heard many, many SAHM complain online about their lives. Rarely, does anyone admit that she feels really alone. However, I stayed at home with the kids for three years and that was the hardest part for me.

  • MissViola

    Ha! Erica’s kid is a parakeet!

  • Patty

    The SAHM rant about working moms irks me. I have been both. The working mom has to cram all the things a SAHM does into her hours off work. If a working mom is home sick, she is home sick with kids. If she is on vacation, she is at home with the kids. If the baby is sick, she stays home with the kid (daycares don’t watch sick babies). When there is a mess made while she is at work, she will likely have to clean it up when she gets home, while she is helping with homework, cooking dinner, doing the laundry, and any other household chores. So, SAHM, consider yourself lucky that you don’t have to add the working mom’s workload to the load you already have.

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    • Denise

      Wow, good for you! I thought that as I read it as well… thanks for saying it.