I read a nice blog post yesterday about moms of today who seem more fragile than moms in the past. I agree a lot with the article and I try to write something about it, too.
As a mom of three who live in a modern life, I experience growing kids in different situations.
My first son was born 8 years ago at the time when facebook was just about to gain its popularity. I remember my brother told me to try facebook and he said, "people of our ages are there too." What he actually meant was he tried to convince me that this kind of social media was not too young for me unlike the previous social media which was fully loaded by youngsters: friendsters.
I, at first, was not sure to join facebook but then I read an article in a magazine and then I decided to try it out. And here I am now, a facebooker.
Not long after that I had another baby, my second son who was born only 14 months after his big brother. I raised these two kids as if I had twins. They looked alike and they swallowed my time just like that until I moved to Madiun where I started to be a blogger and social media user.
Raising kids is really a tiring activity so I need to release the burden inside to keep my mind stays healthy.
Fragile Moms, Where Do They Come From?
Me-time, a phrase that really becomes popular in internet age. Perhaps almost everymom in the world feels this kind of need and influences other people to agree with her.
During those me-times today's moms could share their best moments via social media and got a lot attentions from other users. Whether it's a true comment or an envy one, it seems that having something fun becomes double fun when you put it in the social media.
From there, it's possible to say that some moms might get distracted by those social media posts. Moms could easily forget that happiness is the thing they feel inside not the thing they show. Some fragile moms perhaps would feel their lives aren't that interesting and others' lives are more promosing. This could lead to stressful condition.
Expecting Less Fragile Moms
I'm sure there are moms out there who live their lives for their own. They do pay attention to other's life but they don't get distracted. They believe that life is full of surprises, so it doesn't matter whether today is their best day or not, because they know life is just like that. It goes up and down.
You know, a community with mature personality moms is good. Moms with the knowledge of happiness are beneficial to the community. In general, those moms are senior moms.
Senior moms often look like very relax in their lives. They got into less mom-war than moms of today. That's what I see and I started to wonder why.
Then I compare between those two kinds of moms and I realize that there is a big difference between them.
Senior moms live in the era of no social media. They often live with their extended family who were still very close to each other and very helpfull. Senior moms raised their children with the help of the community. This really is a blessing.
In contrary, moms of today often raise their children away from family which means they have to take care of everything. From a to z, from dusk till dusk again. 24/7. Help often comes not in a free form. It needs extra cost to get help from a household assistant, for example. Not only cost that matters, things about relationship with the assistant sometimes could be difficult. A not-so-sssertive assistant can lead to trouble.
Moms of today also often over-exposed to outer world, that is the world beyond their homes. Great stories about successful mom in facebook, for example, might trig a feel of self dissatisfied. This is a really serious problem if it can't be stopped. Moms of today who suffer from it could be non-productive moms and less grateful. A not so happy mom means not happy family. What a bad situation!
Let's Be Happy Moms
Understanding the differences between moms of today and senior moms could open a possibility for moms of today to be happy. Every age has its own challenge and so does mom's life.
Moms are fragile, yes, that's true. But only if they let it happen.
The key to happy moms lie in moms' themselves. Can moms of today detect envy feelings? If they can, it will be easier for them to block that feeling so it will not take over their healthy minds.
If not, I suggest moms should stop their interaction with social media for a while. Social media detoxification. Relax, enjoy your real world and go back to social media just when you are ready. You know, living in social media is like living in a jungle.
Everytime you see or hear something that has the chance to make you envy, step back into yourself and be grateful for what you have got. It can be your healthy kids, your good career, your neat home or your loving spouse. Find something good in you and exhale all negative feelings.
Moms should be happy and strong because moms are worthy. Happy moms means happy family, right?