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Real mothers

October 2, 2008 - Betsy Bethel
I got this from a mommy friend in my e-mail today, and boy, does it ring true with me!

"Real Mothers don't eat quiche; they don't have time to make it.

"Real Mothers know that their kitchen utensils are probably in the sandbox.

"Real Mothers often have sticky floors, filthy ovens and happy kids.

"Real Mothers know that dried play dough doesn't come out of carpets.

"Real Mothers don't want to know what the vacuum just sucked up.

"Real Mothers sometimes ask 'Why me?' and get their answer when a little voice says, 'Because I love you best.'

"Real Mothers know that a child's growth is not measured by height or years or grade ... It is marked by the progression of Mommy to Mom to Mother..."

Here are a few of my own:

Real Mothers know that a child's fascination with her own poop is not cause for concern.

Real Mothers know which restaurant drive-thrus are the fastest and most accurate.

Real Mothers know where they can buy milk without having to leave the car.

Real Mothers know that four pieces of cheese is known as Finicky Toddler Lunch Special No. 1.

And a few more to complete the list, based on the latest news in the parenting world:

Real Mothers know that Oprah telling you on her show that your dead 2-year-old daughter is now your guardian angel does not make it OK that you forgot the little girl in the backseat where she baked to death . (Brenda Slaby of Cincinnati was on Oprah yesterday -- see link)

Real Mothers know that an adult pushing around a fake baby in a stroller or taking it grocery shopping is just plain weird. (today's Today show -- see link)

Real Mothers know that no matter how much they may want their child's abuser to be put away for life, a perpetrator's guilty plea (with no painful trial) lifts a giant weight off the family's shoulders. Now the healing can really begin. (See related article in tomorrow's Intelligencer.)


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