#MOMents from Brandi Temple, Founder of Lolly Wolly Doodle
One thing I was fortunate to acknowledge & accept early on in my career as a CEO is that EVERY mom wishes to be a better mom. I’ve yet to meet the mom that says “I finally found the perfect balance and the coveted ‘#1 Mom Button’ is mine this year….I totally nailed it”.
From the stay at home mom who feels guilty when she loses her cool because she hasn’t had 2 seconds alone in days, to the super busy mom that rushes in just in time to see the closing act of her child’s elementary theatrical debut, little white lies are inevitable. And sometimes it isn’t just our Kids that are unreasonable, it is our own unreasonable expectations of what being a mom looks like. Being a Mom isn’t about being perfect, it’s about being real and doing the best you can.
My youngest child seemed to have enough energy to run a small country, which left me run down! Not only did she not sleep at night, but she wasn’t a napper. When the days got a little too long, one way to have a little down time was to tell a little white lie & play Hide-N-Seek. Of course I was a horrible ‘seeker’, which typically bought me a few minutes every round to regroup or refuel. #MOMents
I saw that!
Creative scheduling is sometimes the only way to be two places at one time. As much as I wanted to be ‘totally’ present, it was inevitable that a game would run longer than expected, a call was pushed back 10 min….it happens. Sometimes having to tell a little while lie by saying ‘I saw that’, (the triple hit that just tied the game) when in reality I was looking at a P&L during a board call that had to be conducted from a hill on the ballfield, is what gets you by. #MOMents
I love parties!
Birthday Parties were always special in my home growing up and that hasn’t changed in my own home today. When my children dream of these elaborate
themed gatherings where multitudes of screaming, giggling and yes sometimes fighting children all converge to help celebrate another glorious year, I put on my party hat and jump in. Telling a little white lie that ‘I love parties’ and all the weeks of planning is well worth the smile and memories that we make. #MOMents
Birthday Parties were always special in my home growing up and that hasn’t changed in my own home today. When my children dream of these elaborate themed gatherings where multitudes of screaming, giggling and yes sometimes fighting children all converge to help celebrate another glorious year, I put on my party hat and jump in. Telling a little white lie that ‘I love parties’ and all the weeks of planning is well worth the smile and memories that we make. #MOMents
I love sleeping on the corner
As a working mom, some work days are longer than others and the Kids are asleep by the time I get home. My daughter would occasionally fall asleep in my bed waiting up for me and I just didn’t have the heart to move her. Instead I would mutter the little white lie
that I enjoy sleeping on the corner of my bed just to give her excitement and contentment of waking up next to mommy the next morning. #MOMents
I believe you
My daughter likes to exaggerate, but don’t they all? From time to time I would dither back and forth between ‘I believe you’ and ‘I don’t believe you’ forcing me to make that dreaded call. When my daughter came down with ‘strep-a-no-nitis’ I knew it was more a case of wanting a little extra time with mom than the dreaded ‘strepanonitis’. I told that little white lie that I believed her and prescribed extra TLC and attention from mom for the day. #MOMents
That sounds beautiful
So who hasn’t told a little white lie that their child’s art is ‘Picasso-like’ or that they couldn’t tell if it was Adele or their kids singing? When my daughter was practicing the national anthem for a school project a few years back, I admit that I encouraged her to continue to practice but told a little white lie by emphatically saying it sounded beautiful. I then realized where the contestants that can’t carry a tune in a bucket come from on American Idol lol! #MOMents