Have you ever been judged as a mom? I’m sure we all have! Pretty Wicked Moms is a new Lifetime Show that takes a peek into the lives of beautiful, rich, and often mean mothers and shows first hand how often we mothers not only feel judged but make judgements as well. One of the Pretty Wicked Moms on the first episode makes a reference to “Mommy Wars” and it really is true. So often, we women compare ourselves with what is going on around us and think we aren’t good enough if we don’t do all the things everyone else might be doing.
I often feel this pressure to compete as well feeling that if I don’t give my children enough vacations, opportunities, extra curricular activities, the coolest clothes, if they aren’t the best behaved or on and on that somehow I’m not doing enough as a mother. This past weekend we traveled to New York and I had to try to juggle four little boys ages 6 and under on a five hour flight. In my eyes, my boys really did an exceptionally great job behaving as they spent over 10 hours total between the airport and on the plane with an hour and a half delay.It was hard for them to be in such a different environment where they could get drinks, snacks, go to the bathroom, play with all their toys, or have the freedom to roam like they have at home for such a long time.
While waiting in the airport there were several mid-life women around our family. It was interesting to me to see how differently each woman would respond to the same situation. One mom glared at us for any peep, another played and laughed with the kids, another walked off muttering “I just can’t take this anymore!!” as she passed us and others around constantly had their eyes on us watching every move. I felt judged that maybe my kids who were doing really, really great from my experience weren’t be quiet enough or sitting still as the onlookers might assume they should.
What experiences have you had where you felt judged by those around you?
Tune in to watch parenting like you’ve never seen before with the first episode of Pretty Wicked Moms on Tuesday, June 4, at 10:00 pm ET/PT on Lifetime
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