There’s a saying: No mother mothers alone. I am not sure where it came from… in fact I might have just made it up. Or I heard it at MOPS. Either way, it’s true: No mother mothers alone. I’ve been thinking about the mothers in my life and I’ve come up with 5 mothering archetypes that every mama needs in her tribe.
The Put-Together Mama
This mama never shows up anywhere without make-up or a hair out of place. Yoga Pants? Only if she’s working on her downward-facing dog. She’s put-together and professional, she’s the mama who reminds you how important it is to take care of yourself and that red lipstick and sunglasses can go a long way.
The Outside-The-Age-Curve Mama
You joke around because she’s the “baby” or the “old lady” of your group. Anywhere from 5-10 years younger or older than the rest of your tribe, it’s sometimes startling to remember that you were born in different decades or that you could have baby-sat her (or by her!) But the outside-the-age-curve mama will sometimes be the one to push you out of your shell and live a little.
The Beautiful Mess Mama
This is the gal for whom pressure is NOT a word. She lets things roll off her like water off of a duck’s back. 5 year old falls and breaks her arm and mama has to drive to the ER with a 3 year old and newborn in tow? No problem. Baby has a blowout in the parking lot at Target? She’s got this. Toddler screams like a banshee in the middle of the library? Piece of Cake. She’s your rock to show that there is no such thing as a mothering emergency.
The Health and Safety Mama
Cola and Pizza? Not on her watch. In her van, all kiddos are in 5-pt harnesses or high back boosters until the weight limits on the seats. She watches like a hawk for trans-fats and high fructose corn syrup and will be the one to point out that your baby is safer rear-facing. But judging you is not on her radar. She wants nothing more than for others to be around for years to come and that your tribe is safe and healthy!
The Current Events Mama
No, she’s not a gossip, but she does know what’s going on globally, nationally, and locally. She’s the one to remind you that it’s not enough to just be but you have to DO! She encourages you to get involved, find your voice and to stick up for the little guy.
At any point of our lives, we are one or more of these archetypes. Which type do you fall into? (If it helps, I’m a “Beautiful Mess Mom!”)
Until Next Time!