All too often, when you ask a woman with children what she does, she’ll respond with, “I’m just a mom.” I know I’ve done this before, without thinking. “Just a mom.” The truth is, even if you aren’t employed, you are never just a mom. In and of itself, you’re a caretaker, a chef, a chauffeur, a tutor, a personal shopper, and so much more.
Pink, one of our favorite rockstar moms, is in the same boat as we are, believe it or not. Even though her day job may be slightly more glamorous than ours, she’s still wearing the same hats we do– and is adorned with children hanging all over her, also! How relatable is this picture she shared on her Instagram?
It seems like even a pop princess like Pink deals with clinginess, and when a small child needs to be held, they need to be held. It doesn’t matter if you’re cooking dinner or working on your choreography for a world tour, children’s snuggles wait for no one.
This isn’t even the first time we’ve gotten photographic evidence of Pink mom-ing while working.
Look at that. What a boss!
Just a few months ago, my family and I were in the middle of a move. As I’m frantically packing and moving boxes the night before our moving truck comes, my five-year-old takes it upon herself to follow me, marching around the house the whole time, chanting proudly, “I’M GOING TO FOLLOW YOU AROUND. BECAUSE I LOVE YOU.” Don’t worry about it, daughter, I’m just lifting my bodyweight in boxes. You can keep tripping all over me! Not a problem.
That is to say: we get it. We totally do. When we see pictures like this, it makes us feel a little more connected, right? It’s easy to feel unseen in the moments we’re in the trenches, with sick, upset, or velcro kids. We’re all in this together– you, me, and recording artists like Pink! It’s refreshing to see others who keep it real.
Rachel is a wife and mother living in Raleigh, North Carolina. She’s a fan of good coffee, wearer of gray t-shirts, and is constantly starting books she will never finish. Her family is her joy, and she loves to engage with other moms and dads on matters of parenting. Her blog posts have also been featured on the Today Show Parenting Blog and Scary Mommy.