Ode to Family String Cheese Day
posted by Sheri

God, the pressure really gets to me sometimes, and I know, I know, I'm not supposed to care what other parents do or compare myself to other mamas. But when other parents are doing theme birthday parties with multiple jumpy houses, eating all organic square meals all the time, and potty-training in what seems like record time, I feel the friggin' pressure! Now I realize these are probably not really everyday occurrences for these families, but why can't we talk more about our average adventures in parenting?

Catherine Newman cracks me up (as always) in this week's column when she talks about feeling the pressure to do more and be more. She also reminds us about what gets lost when you don't just stop wishing you were something you're not and start appreciating where you're at and who you and your kids truly are. I know I was supposed to learn this lesson in fifth grade, but I was probably too busy playing with the makeshift little people I craftily made out of old erasers.

So starting today, I'm going to congratulate all my mama friends for the "average" (or as I like to call them, "low-maintenance creative") things they do. After all, that's what it's all about. Our average every days of being ourselves. And soon enough "average" (or please god, even slightly lackadaisical) will earn back the EXCELLENCE it once had! Right?

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