This week’s edition of Newsweek has for it’s cover story Mommy Madness which immediately caught my attention. While I agree that this generation of moms is super hyped on attaining perfection and doing the “mostest” and the “bestest” for their children, I consider myself a more laid back mom (and a first time mom at that!) than most others. Perhaps it’s because I have the backing and support of my mom who is definitely your typical Filipino mom — not exactly the modern supermoms who keep trying to be better than the mom next door.
I guess I’m rather spoiled compared to mom’s of my generation. I was fortunate enough to have had my mom to take care of Angelo without having to sacrifice much in terms of my work and career. While plans are afoot for me to try to strike a better balance (like keeping more reasonable hours here at work), I haven’t really been torn between home and work. Despite the fact that I don’t have as much time as I used to have for myself to do the things that interest me, I don’t consider myself completely deprived of my personal time to devote to the things that interest me. I still do them but just don’t do as much of them — writing, doing crafts like knitting, etc.. devoting time to my website? (Maybe because now my weblog takes priority.. ha!)
I just give it my best, that’s all. There’s no such thing as perfection in parenting, and my husband has made me realize that with his 14 year old son. I intend to give it my all and keep my fingers crossed that I give Angel the best of what I can give, and that he turns out to be a good person in his adult years.