Back before you had kids, you had a pretty good handle on life. You balanced work and fun, and there was no reason for you to think you couldn’t keep it up once you added a kid or two to the mix. And so you had a grand vision of success, you know, for the stuff social media bragging is made of. But then, real life always has a funny way of not being anything like what you envisioned. We bet these moments when working mom expectations don’t meet reality lived in your pre-parenting head and disappeared into thin air since.
Brilliant moments when working mom expectations don’t meet reality (ideas vs reality)
1. Your kid will be dressed in stylish, Instagram-approved styles for preschool every day.
The reality looks a little more like this: Your kid wars wrinkled My Little Pony shirts with her Frozen flip-flops and a pair of shorts with a hole in the crotch. For the second day in a row.
2. The meticulously planned vacation that’s coming up will be worth every hard-earned penny once you see the joy on your kids’ faces.
But in reality, you didn’t even see your kids’ faces because they never looked up from their iPads. And secretly, that’s also kind of fine by you.
3. For your little girl’s birthday, you’ll bake a fondant-topped cake shaped like Elsa. You found the idea on Pinterest, so it’ll work out just fine.
Reality check: you actually end up ordering a sheet cake from the bakery two hours before the party and pray they spell your kid’s name right this time.
4. Once the kids are in bed, you’ll work out every night.
You actually download six fitness apps to your phone. You complete 10 minutes of meditation, and then fall into an exhausted stupor.
5. At the beginning of the school year, you’ll create a complex calendar system that everyone in the family can use to stay organised.
The calendar you created won’t be used by anyone besides you.
6. You’ll have a leisurely home-cooked dinner every night with your family.
In reality, your child will eat half of the waffle that’s been left out since you rushed out the door this morning. He’ll then scream “This doesn’t taste good anymore.” Toast and cereal will become acceptable meals at all times of the day during times like these.
7. You’ll show up at daycare early each morning so you can chat with the teachers about your kid’s progress.
But what really happens is you have 90 seconds to drop your kid off and hit the road where you’ll be 12 minutes late for work.