Today I took 5 kids to the zoo. By myself. I was babysitting for a friend and decided to get the kids out of the house for a fun outing at the zoo. I snapped some pictures of the kids at the zoo and shared them on social media. Immediately I was seeing comments like, “You’re amazing! You’re Super-Mom!”
What they didn’t see was my annoyance listening to my four year old complain that she was “so tired” (we had only been at the zoo 20 minutes when she started complaining). They also didn’t see the screaming match I had with my six year old while doing a phonics lesson.
Not really Super-Mom moments, huh?
We only post the best parts. The snippets of our day that make it look like everything is running smoothly. The laughing children, the fun outings, the educational moments. No one wants to post the struggles. The tantrums. The fact that their children have watched tv all day or have had McDonald’s 3 days in a row.
Social media has a lot of benefits to it. I love being able to share pictures with out of town family and friends. I love how easy it is to stay connected to people regardless of where they live. But you have to take a lot of it with a grain of salt. Rarely does social media give you the full picture. Rather, it gives a close-up of one small area of the larger picture.
Furthermore, don’t compare your weaknesses to someone else’s strengths. For the most part, I enjoy having a lot of kids around. I am terrible at decorating my home. I enjoy cooking healthy, homemade meals. I hate cleaning. My kids have all slept through the night by 3 months old. My kids also have more screen time than the recommended 2 hours (like, a lot more).
So the next time you see a post from someone that you think has it all together, remember these two things: You aren’t seeing the full picture, and you have your own God-given strengths. Be proud of who you are!