And it all started with my oldest being a total bedtime asshole.
I can type that last word up there because I'm guilty of being that highlight reel parent, sometimes... One of the complaints about the challenge was the selection of "perfect" proud parenting photos...
I can also type that last word up there because she's not actually an asshole, she's just two.
And there's your parenting challenge.
This side, that is, the "real" side, was embraced by some people participating in the hashtag challenge, too.
And you know what? I'm on board for both versions! Your proudest moments should be your highlights and they should be the small victories like surviving (and conquering) bedtime. I like to embrace both versions of parenthood on my social media, especially here on my blog.
Who doesn't like to share/see cute kid photos?
Here ya go!
And who doesn't appreciate a #reallife #momlife toddler tale?
It all began with the kicking of the bedroom door... Sly, independence-grower (that's my nice version for two year old A-hole) just knew that was her key out as to not wake her sister sleeping next door. And then somehow it became the norm for an entire week!
Sleep. That seriously is my biggest parenting challenge!
No other aspects of parenting (yet!) make me worry/stress/feel all the feels more than (lack of) sleep. It's the one thing, for my kids, I don't think I have control or confidence in (yet ;))
That being said, nothing makes me feel more proud than getting my girls to bed, without a hitch, and them sleeping all night long.
And, nothing makes me feel more un-proud as a parent as when my sleep lacking self becomes impatient, frustrated and angry with my sleepless children.
Oh the challenges!
So let's back this up. Motherhood is full of challenges.
Do I think this challenge had good intentions? Yes.
Do I think this challenge was shoving parenthood perfection in everyone's face who has trouble conceiving, who's kids are less than perfect, who has too much time to overthink about "mommy wars" and why this challenge is a bad idea? Um, no. OK, maybe that last one.
Do I think this challenge was necessary? No!
Ultimately, people will always have something to say. And with social media these days, people will always have something to share, hashtag challenges or not. So stick with the moments that matter to you, whether that be highlights, outtakes or a bit of both.
And never let anyone tell you not to share something you are proud of!!!
Like tonight, this typed post sponsored by two little ladies who went to bed early and one proud mama ;)