In Defense of Moms Who Are Extra

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We all have that mom friend who goes above and beyond, and takes it beyond Pinterest! Kids charcuterie boards. Themed snacks. Crafts galore. Decorations for every holiday currently celebrated on this earth. Heck, they actually remember to have holiday themed clothing for their children. 

In defense of moms who are extra - let the kids enjoy the charcuterie boards!

That’s not me. I’m not that mom friend. 

But the moms who are extra . . . I find they get unnecessary judgement. 

The lunches are excessive. The snacks are insane. Did they seriously decorate for yet another holiday? Is all that nonsense really needed? 

I’m here to say, it is. 

While I am by no means the mother who is decorating and making the cutest lunches on the face of the earth, I have friends that are. I’ve also found myself in the past questioning their motives for such “excessiveness.” Who are they trying to impress? 

As of late, it’s occurred to me, mainly through conversations with my mom friends who I consider “extra” — they aren’t even considering the rest of us when they do these things. 

These moms are creating extra special everyday life because they simply enjoy going that extra mile. They have crafts galore . . . because they’re the moms who aren’t afraid of glitter.

(Not me, my spirit animal is that teacher from Peppa Pig in the glitter episode.) 

The fun they create is meant to excite their children alone; it’s not to make you feel like a terrible-no-good-lazy-mother. 

So Mamas, the next time you think that you are lacking as a mother because you didn’t send a holiday-themed lunch or make super spooky snacks after school simply because you saw another mother post that she did on Instagram . . . remember that what they are creating has nothing to do with you. 

They’re just trying to have fun. 

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Emily, originally from Louisiana, lives with her husband, Jeremy and sons, Harrison (5) & Elliot (1) in Mc Calla. She recently moved from South Louisiana to the Birmingham area when her husband left his career in psychology to become a youth pastor. Emily is an elementary teacher by day, and blogger by night at her personal blog Louisiana Bride. She began blogging to document her wedding planning during the dark ages (before Pinterest). She has since transitioned her blogging style to sharing recipes, meal planning ideas, and the humor in her daily life. Emily enjoys gardening, camping and is a closet hippie. When she isn't busy with babies and helping her husband in youth ministry; you can find her reading a good book or watching old BBC documentaries on YouTube.

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