Everyone’s talking about this study about “supermoms” and I couldn’t help adding a few thoughts too. http://www.livescience.com/15663-supermom-depression.html Good news for me is that I wholeheartedly agree with the researcher Katrina Leupp and her findings line up exactly with my experiences. Here’s a bit of what she had to say.
Women who expect to have it all probably come up against workplaces that aren’t designed with work-life balance in mind, she said. When they can’t balance everything perfectly, these supermoms are more likely to feel frustration and guilt.
I’d like to expand this to stay at home supermoms too. I know a few who are extreme Type As and have high expectations for their home life based upon their success in the business world. I even had one friend who was measuring her baby’s poop to make sure it was within acceptable ranges. I don’t need to survey 1600 women to know that once you’ve started sticking a tape measure in dirty diapers, it’s gone too far.
So, I say to all moms out there, “If you are loving your child, feeding them, providing shelter, growing them to be strong in character and hugging them as much as you can – you’re all the supermom they’ll ever need.” When the balls you’re juggling fall on the floor and the hats on your head topple over, just look at a few family photos and soak up what you’ve really accomplished.