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    Amelia Slocombe
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Motherhood and social media

Social media and being a mumSocial media is both a blessing and a curse when it comes to motherhood. It can be your saviour (especially at 2am when your baby is teething and you have nothing better to do than sit it out) but also something to view with a very strong pinch of salt. Because the problem with social media is that it encourages us to create a version of ourselves that isn't necessarily all that accurate. Whilst everyone is guilty of it, mothers have turned it into an art form. Here are just five examples:

The FB Myth:

I just gave birth, but who would guess? I am serene and calm and utterly, utterly besotted with my baby. I want to tell the world that there is nothing in the world better than having a child.

The Truth:

Jesus Christ, what the hell have I done? Who knew labour could last for 72 hours? Will I ever sleep again? Will I ever be able to go to the toilet? Who is this small alien creature sleeping beside me? What the hell do I do with it?? 

The FB Myth:

My baby is always asleep. When awake, he/she simply lies on a bed of cushions, happily kicking the air and rejoicing in whatever toy I put in front of her. 

The Truth:

My baby never sleeps. Except for a rare five minutes each day when I take photos and put them on Facebook. 

The FB Myth:

Despite having a baby, my husband and I are more in love than ever. We kiss, we cuddle and we go on date nights every week. We have an equal relationship when it comes to looking after the children and my husband frequently surprises me with little gifts and spa trips away. 

The Truth:

My husband and I are in a constant battle over who is more tired and who works harder.  On the rare occasions that we do go out, we only talk about the baby and spend the rest of the time trying not to fall asleep. I don't remember the last thing he bought me, unless you count the time he picked up some nappy bags from Boots on his way home from work.

The FB Myth:

My toddler is a beautiful, well-behaved angel. He has the face of a child model  (especially with an Instagram chrome filter) and an effortless sense of style. We spend our days languishing in the park, cuddling, lying on Cath Kidson picnic blankets, laughing joyously and holding hands. We love eating out together, climbing trees and reading books that are designed for children two years older than him. I have started a book dedicated to the delightful and utterly perceptive things he says to me on a daily basis.

The Truth:

My toddler has just had a tantrum because I dared to put raisins in his porridge. Having thrown said porridge across the room with a power and ferocity worthy of a shot put Olympic champion, I know I will still be finding said porridge at various points around the house in a week's time.  He wants to wear the same dinosaur t-shirt every day but I can't be bothered to argue despite the fact it is covered in ice cream. He refuses to go in his buggy, refuses to nap, refuses to eat vegetables and refuses to have his nappy changed. In fact, I don't think  the word yes is in his vocabulary.

The FB Myth:

I am an ex-pat mum. I have a maid, a nanny and a housekeeper (who are incidentally all the same person). I gave up work to spend quality time with my children and devote most of my time to playing with them on white sandy beaches and taking them yachting. Thankfully I also have time to lunch with friends, drink ice cold glasses of Sauvignon Blanc and host regular dinner parties where I cook ridiculously large prawns that I bought from the local fisherman. I am currently teaching my kids yoga and the benefits of meditation. 

The Truth:

Unfortunately this particular FB Myth is no myth. If you know one of these, I would strongly recommend de-friending them.
  • Author avatar
    Amelia Slocombe
  • babiesfunnylifemotherhoodrelationshipssocial mediatruth

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