MoM – Our personal stylist/ shopper/ chef/ assistant/ trainer
Lockdown made it harder
I had no choice but to be their personal assistant. Slowly it became a monster that would engulf me in a jungle of messages. There used to be a list of homework tasks and thousands of photos of books and exercise pages. Loads of photos filled up my phone’s memory to the extent that, whenever I tried to take a picture myself, I would get a “memory full” message. I’m sure moms globally had faced this role during the lockdown and till date when schools are living in our mobile screens.
“Mum, I have forgotten my copy of my maths exercises. Could you ask for it on the WhatsApp group?” Has it happened to you? I being a mindful, loving, and helpful mother – put the keys by the door, my handbag on a chair, took my phone out of my pocket and placed the shopping bags on the floor, checked the group, messaged his class mate’s mom and requested her to send the pending work. Multi-tasking in action.
What the heck am I doing? I thought. IT’S OVER. Online schools please no more… What do we get by taking care of our children’s diaries and being their personal helpers at all times? I’m not just talking about homework at home – that’s a different debate. I’m talking about that idea of becoming responsible for every single one of our kids’ movements, no matter how old they are, as if we were their guardian angels.
Personal stylist/ trainer
Who else but mother has decided since you were small on what hairstyle you will have and will suit your face too. She is your first hairstylist, Not just hair but also the outfit planner. Birthday party or marriage function, get together or picnics, she is our first personal shopper.
This chef has clients that may consist of picky eaters. Moms have excelled the art of feeding kids what they need but also include veggies and nutritious elements which are hidden nicely inside their favorite dish.
I caught you smiling, but that’s 100% true. Moms have only trained us for this. Days and months to teach and excel in how well trained her child turns out to be.
Along with this, she is also, Pooping doula—aka bathroom helper, poop coaxer, butt wiper. Now stop laughing and think of what all you had done… Oh My god!
She is a reader of the minds, believe it or not, she is one guesser of the needs. Mom knows what her child needs when and how. She is even the predictor of the future.
“Mom, how do you know it all?”
“Mummy, how do you guess I need this?”
“Wow, mom how can you read my mind?”
PhD in Anger Management
Sometimes we shower kids with our anger or scolding but moms know it well how to manage the anger to her best.
Mom was/ is my first photographer. Earlier we didn’t have mobiles still I remember my mom having an album full of my pics she had taken on varied occasions, moods, and moments. Go check the mobile of a mother, it will be flooded with pics of her children in all moods and types.
The pet caregiver
She is the dog walker, the litter box cleaner, the fish feeder. Mother our Personal groomer, our personal trainer/ shopper, and stylist too. She is our first painter and photographer too. She is also the PTA mom and also a Play-date Coordinator/ scheduler too.
This is the letter “P” in the journey of motherhood where we explore Mom’s roles in their children’s lives. We can say Mom’s are everything for her kids, you name it we have it. Do read my earlier letters to enjoy the AtoZ of motherhood roles. This post is written as a part of the A2Z challenge, organized by Blogchatter. You will enjoy reading how moms are our family organizers.