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7 sure signs it’s time to fire super-mom

posted by Sarah on April 2, 2012 | print article | e-mail to a friend
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  • Chelsea Croteau

    Oh my HEAVENS! I so get this! 

    I have a VERY clear idea of the kind of mom I want to be (or more accurately, how I want to be seen) and I tend to get going and knock anyone down who stands in the way.  A little counter productive, non? 

    I will post this at eye level, on my refrigerator! 

  • Sasha (Global Table Adventure)

    I can relate to this all too well… sigh. I secretly love that you made two different recipes only to go back to the first. Talk about over-achiever (and I’m pretty sure I’ve lived the exact same thing with fruit salad – only to find the other moms had clearly hired a professional watermelon carvers to make their mammoth amazing creations. lol)

  • Blainepw

    makes me so glad i didn’t get married. Hehehe

  • Danielle Jefferson

    I get this feeling all the time!  But good for you for baking…I’m the store bought kind of mom.  In fact, when they have parties at my son’s school I always sign up to bring chips and salsa.  No cooking of any kind involved!  =)

  • SarahButtonedUp

     @google-08298a3964803d8e92a17b5a9cb5d745:disqus  Un petit peu counter productive, I’m afraid (she says speaking from full experience). 🙂

  • SarahButtonedUp

     @272f335f4caf3e08750661412ba857a5:disqus – We ate the chocolate instead of the Turkish Delight from your Albanian meal post. It was pretty darn divine, but not exactly the right accompaniment to the heavy lamb dish. 😉  Here’s to remembering to keep things low-key in future school pursuits and to hold our fire for moments when it really matters.

  • SarahButtonedUp

     @667e77cb778d5112254ee484046c1a10:disqus – (assuming this is who I think it is) you are married more or less, no? Just minus the kindergarten madness.

  • SarahButtonedUp

     🙂 And that makes you the smarter woman for sure! I’m a slow learner. Coming up the curve though.

  • Blainepw

    yes it is who you think it is and of course i meant minus the kindergarten elements.  There is something to be said for living vicariously. a point i have made repeatedly to my sisters

  • SarahButtonedUp

     @667e77cb778d5112254ee484046c1a10:disqus – XOXO just giving you a little grief. Love you.

  • Todd

    LOL!  Great one Sarah! 🙂

  • SarahButtonedUp

     @9aa39e2f39e7014980f3d15b8bb238c4:disqus 🙂 At least I come by the overachiever gene honestly, right? I’m picturing mom and grand up there in heaven giggling away. “Just do your best, dear!”

  • Christy

    Oh my gosh!!  You hit the nail on the head!  Rainman was my favorite! =)  Even Super Moms need a day off sometimes. =) Hey, but you delivered, right?  A few apologies to the normal family and all is well. 😉

  • Sasha (Global Table Adventure)

    Yes for sure! And, if you ask my husband, chocolate goes with everything 🙂

  • michele

    You totally hit the nail on the head here.  The last four signs have my name ALL over them!

  • Annemarie

    Hilarious!  Lessons learned huh? – AMF

  • Bwcetc

    Oh how I’ve been there!  Now that my baby is 14 (and I’m a lot older than when my first went through school), I’ve let go of the “Super Mom” complex.  My baby knows to sign me up for the napkins and plates!

  • Ann0257

    OMG this is is hysterical and completely true!!!
    I spent years trying to pull this off… Dropped off the kids at KinderCare at 6:30 a.m., one of the teachers took my kids home with her after 6:00 p.m. while I went to the University three times a week until 10:00 p.m., I’d leave school & go back to work and finally get home around 12:30 p.m..
    I’d NEVER EVER do that again. The years that I lost with my daughters can never be recovered.

  • Cynthia Hahn

    Oh, gods, can I ever relate to this one. Even though my school days are done, I was so there on the bake sale thing.
    Finally taught myself to checklist, and make myself spend two minutes before starting each task to think what the quickest way to accomplish a task was. Makes all the difference in the world…  when I remember to make myself do it…

  • Alyssa Walters

    Wait — were you at MY house last weekend?  SERIOUSLY!  This is like a day in the life of me!  I love this post!  Thanks for sharing!

  • Amy McCready

    Absolutely BRILLIANT!  You described me to a “T” on so many occasions!  

  • Lani

    This was like…my last week To. A. Tee.  No joke…I need to send this to my husband because he keeps saying I need to start making things easier on myself, like buying that store bought cake.  Oh man…I def think my inner super mom needs a vacation….

  • Nicole

    Great post!  Seriously, I can totally relate to this all and to be honest in the process of attempting to be super mom I turned into Godzilla or Hulked out.  What I realized at some point is that all of this “crap” that I expected out of myself was so unrealistic that I would never be able to accomplish it in a day..I thought that I was the only mom with this “complex” but I’ve learned and watched over the last 7 years many moms, just like me, try to do this.  Finally when I hung up my cape, I became the mom I was trying to be in the first place.  So anyone out there that is afraid that by hanging up your cape you will be failing in some way, know you will have a happier family and be excited about parenting again.  

  • JP5

    Can I relate?  Reading this post has saved me the call to a therapist I was planning to make!  This is my life day in day out – a recovering Type A, who stays up past midnight, to organize nicely arranged lunchboxes for the kids, etc. then oversleeps because she forgets to turn off the silent button on her iphone/alarm (silenced the previous evening during a community association meeting I felt compelled to attend) and when Mama misses her 6:00am workout she’s oh so guilty of ‘barking at her family’s normal behaviour’.  Great post – will work on giving up the cape.

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  • ThriftyMomInBoise

    You couldn’t be more right.  She is so fired.

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  • Kstorch

    This was so funny. I was laughing out loud. Reminds me so much of the cookie swap debacle this past winter at our house. If you are baking before 8am on the weekend or after 9pm on a weeknight–you need to take a BIG step back or at least that is my new rule. The funny part is that this super mom thing is my own issue–no one out there is saying to me, no you cant buy those cookies. I need to tell my inner critic to get a life. 🙂

  • SarahButtonedUp

     @fb5bf0e9cb6c5cab6b8ce001a97b2829:disqus – I L-O-V-E that rule. Ingenious. This is me adopting that one into my repertoire. And I am right there with you – no one was telling me to make anything. It was ALL me. 🙂

  • Janet K

    I am glad I intuitively always picked the best options that saved me time and hassles without living my kids and myself out of parties. Secretly I thought I wasn’t being a good “super” mom. Thank you! You all made me feel better about being a mom. I’m still impressed that Sarah was able to bake 2 options of cakes in one morning though.   

  • SarahButtonedUp

     @db4ca94be8f096ed618488ac13173e02:disqus – in full disclosure, my second cake did NOT look like the one pictured. I slapped on some icing with a knife and skipped the pretty bagged icing flourishes. 🙂 At least it tasted good!!

  • 5weare

    Wow, are you me? I think I am going to burn my cape after reading this.  Kids don’t care if you are perfect, just that you are not crazed. I don’t realize this myself day to day.  The barking at your family for being normal comment really hit home.  Wow.

  • meghan formerly “mega-mom”!

    i need to hang it up asap and seriously feel better already

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