“You are my spirit animal”: Mum’s list of ‘normal things’ parents do goes viral

A fellow mum has written an epic post about being a real mum and we love her for it.

Popular blogger and mum of three Amy Weatherly regularly writes about her observations of motherhood and fans love her honest and relatable posts. She recently posted an absolute gem that had mums around the planet cheering.

If you have a half of a box of Lucky Charms cereal with no marshmallows, because they’ve all been picked through in your…

Posted by Amy Weatherly on Friday, 12 October 2018

In the post, Amy lists all the ways she considers herself to be a normal mum – and invites readers to compare.

“If you have a half of a box of Lucky Charms cereal with no marshmallows, because they’ve all been picked through in your pantry right now …

If you joined the gym for the childcare…

If you feel like you say “don’t pick your nose” more than “I love you,” or anything else for that matter …

If you’ve ever put on a face mask and then realized you had to be somewhere right that second, so you just went as you are …

If you’ve ever used a frozen burrito as an ice pack …

If you asked if they could install a partition in your car like taxi cab drivers use …

If you have to clean the toys out of your tub before you use it …”


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Amy, who has a strong following on Facebook, uses her exposure to discuss the challenges of raising babies, including trying to juggle work commitments and get through the demands of school. It’s posts like these that get fellow mums nodding their head in eager agreement – and feeling SO MUCH better that they’re not the only ones.

As it turns out, a LOT of other mums could wholeheartedly relate to Amy’s list of mum behaviour.

Interestingly, it contains so many things that we tend to beat up ourselves about, calling #badmum or #mumfail, when they actually signal that we’re normal (if there is such a thing).

“If you thought they were kidding in “Baby Mama” when they asked if it was “chocolate or poop?” And now you realize they most definitely were not…

If you lost your keys three times in two days…

If the last thing you read all the way through was a list of reviews on a new sippy cup…

If you know how to remove a foreign object lodged in a child’s nose…

If you have anywhere between 5-10 different piles of laundry…

If you start a diet on Monday and quit it by Tuesday afternoon…

If your first instinct was to laugh when your child started crying when they stepped on a Lego…

If crumbs fall out of your bra when you take it off…”

If you only own one bra that fits…

If your kids wonder where you’re going just because you put on makeup…

If the coolest song you know right now is the theme to “Paw Patrol”…

Judging by the success of the post – and Amy’s popularity – it sounds like it’s time we mums took ourselves less seriously. Enough with the #badmum and feeling guilty because we don’t bake or  don’t keep Every Single piece of artwork.

“If you’ve ever bought cookies, taken them out of their container, put them on a platter and passed them off as homemade…

If you’ve ever helped your child look for a toy you actually threw away a couple of days ago…

If you tell your kid you’re putting their schoolwork and art projects in a “special bin” but you’re really just throwing it in the trash…

If you just cleaned a stale McDonald’s hamburger from the backseat of your car…

If your Netflix suggestions are a mix of “Breaking Bad,” “Captain Underpants,” and “Boss Baby”…

If the dark circles under your eyes feel like they are about to start occupying your entire face…

If you’ve ever yelled “STOP YELLING” at the top of your lungs…

If one of your hobbies includes sitting alone in your car alone after you drop the kids off somewhere…

If half of the numbers stored in your phone are named something like “Carter’s mom”…

You might be a normal mom IF that even is such a thing.”

You can check out the full list here. See how many items you can tick off the list …

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