I will admit that I probably use my phone to check my FB, post pictures to IG, etc too much, but I feel like its the only way I can connect with others. Its an escape for me to read up on what other people are doing, and see the comments on my latest "cereal all over the floor" picture.
Lately, though, instead of finding it a source of entertainment and a way to connect with others, I am finding it more and more of something that makes me feel like a shitty parent. Some people post about....
- immaculate houses
- kids doing Pinterest projects every day
- how they only eat organic food because the other stuff has carcinogens in it
- that they take their kids to the science museum, little gym, dance class, soccer class, gymnastics class or whatever every day or week
- the fact that their kids never do anything wrong, or act out in public, and are just perfect angels
I'm sure I could go on and on. And on. And on. And on! about the fake things mommies put out there as their persona. Now, yes, I get that there's a difference between being a Debbie Downer and keeping it real, and I try to keep it real. I absolutely cannot stand those moms that I KNOW are only posting the "best of the best." I like to post cute things my kids say too, but that's not all I do. I actually, sometimes feel bad for those people that feel like they have some status to live up to. It must be hard work trying to be perfect in every aspect of your life.
I know that I'm starting to ramble here, but my point is that parenting has been hard since the beginning of time, and it seems that its especially hard when social media plays such a role in it. I'm a pretty confident person when it comes to my parenting decisions, and I'm realizing that stupid social media is making me re-think everything and is really taking that confidence away. No one seems to understand what its like to parent not one, but two sets of twins. Everyone thinks they can imagine what its like, but they just can't. Until you've lived a day in my chaotic world, you have no idea what its like. Seriously! Everyone has an opinion about everything and I think I'm just tired of letting those opinions influence the way I do things.
Its one thing for people to be genuine, and offer support and guidance through comments and messages but I don't feel like that's what's happening. I find that even other moms with twins aren't supportive and helpful in most situations. We've just gotten so far away from face to face interactions that people feel that they can say whatever they want behind a computer because there's no consequences. I'm here to tell you that there are. The consequence last night was me, bawling my eyes out, in my kitchen trying to feed my kids dinner and put them to bed.
My point through all of this is that parenting is no easy task. People may put on a show for their FB friends, but I guarantee there's more to them than that. Their kid probably spilled the dog food, threw spaghetti at the wall, made a huge mess, peed on the floor, or whatever. They just don't post about it because they don't want to look bad. Well guess what? It doesn't make you look bad to post those things. It makes you look like a real person. I wish more people would show that side of them.