Good Enough Mum – Happy Real Mother’s Day

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Happy Mother’s Day to all the Happy Mothers out there.  And now you Happy Mothers can stop reading as there’s nothing more here for you!

I’m writing now only for the mothers who aren’t feeling entirely happy today.  Hello friends.

Mother’s Day can really get my goat… it’s always portrayed as Happy Mother’s Day.  Harumph.

Well, I am starting a campaign for all the other mothers out there. Lets hear it for:

Tired Mothers Day

Grumpy Mothers Day

Lost-My-Sense-Of-Humour Mothers’ Day

Single Mothers Day

Multiple Mothers Day

Mothers-In-Need-Of-A-Glass-of-Wine Day

And lets raise an especially big cheers for the really, really hard-working mums for:

Special Needs Mothers Day


And another big cheer for all the mums who have bravely faced the facts and asked for help to get over anxiety and depression.  Well done those mums and lets hear it for:

Recovering Mother’s Day

Most of us mums are all these mothers, one type on one day and another on the next.  Hooray for all mums and hooray for diversity.

If you’ve read this far you’re a mum who knows that motherhood and family life is not all beer and skittles and that beds of roses, even bunches of roses, can be few and far between.

But lets hope today that there is something special done, some shows of appreciation for all mums.

So here’s to us all.  Raise your glasses.

Happy Real Mothers Day!


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Posted on: May 8, 2011


  • Reply May 8, 2011


    I’m wondering about a “those who cannot be mothers’ day”… It’s always a tricky day for me.

  • Reply May 8, 2011


    Yes, Kate, very true.. . a hug sent to you, it’s not fair…. and days like these as well as others like Xmas and birthdays must be tough. The emotional jack-in-the-box can pop out on days like this. Big hugs Kate.

  • Reply May 8, 2011

    Jodi Gibson

    Brilliant post. I can affix my name to many of those, most notably “Tired, Grumpy and Lost-my-sense-0f-humour mother’s”. xx
    And also, “Mother’s without Mother’s”. x

  • Reply May 8, 2011


    oh yeah, can i add Mothers Raising Sensitive Boys to that list? (dear Teacher, not all children can be compliant robots waiting for you to fill their brain with ‘approved curriculum’)

    but this year i can add Recovering Mothers Day to the list. yup, finally stopped struggling and asked for help. thank you to my wonderful doctor, who is celebrating a Special Needs Mothers Day today. how wonderful that Mums who have all their own stuff to sort can still have the energy and inclination be supportive to all those other kinds of Mums!


  • Reply May 9, 2011

    Mairi Stones

    Constantly falling short of the ideal mother, confused mother, don’t know what to say or do now mother, where did it all go wrong mother….the truth be out mother here!
    Love the post Seana, and I totally agree with the asking for help, say it out loud, too many mother’s stay quiet and suffer in silence instead of sharing and realising how many of us there really are swimming up stream against this motherhood tide.

  • Reply May 9, 2011


    Haha Mairi, I am so very much a Don’t Know What To Say Or Do Now mother! I can see a wee list of wonderful mothers growing here.

  • Reply May 9, 2011


    Oh, so very yes! Special needs, feeling blue, feeling the expectation to have a LOVELY day when i felt anything but! So true Seana…..thanks for making me feel normal x

  • Reply August 6, 2011


    What a great post Seana. Just doing a mental list of all the other categories that I could fall under too.

    • Reply August 7, 2011


      Well, today, Sunday, I have to say it’s Happy On-Top-Of-It Mother’s Day… or Moment maybe… hubby has taken little ones swimming so just wrangling teenager’s homework and household duties… wee rest!

  • Reply August 6, 2011


    Indeed Seana! Happy can-you-just-give-me-a-moments-peace Mother’s Day. Thanks for Rewinding. I like you more and more x

    • Reply August 7, 2011


      How about Happy ‘Please Got Back To Bed It’s 6am!’ Mother’s Day. How quickly I forget how it used to be 5am or 5.30am and how 6am seemed a huge treat, a lie in…. Ah well, helping son with science assignment, he has LD and we simplify his work, yet it’s still hard work for me as well as him… I thought I’d given up science when I was 16… no, just had a 31 year gap, it seems.

  • Reply August 7, 2011


    I love that you always make me laugh while making a serious point at the same time! So I am a At the End of Her Rope During Very Fucking Long Summer Break Mother’s Day… plus pretty much all those other ones you listed.
    Michelle (mamabook) x

    • Reply August 7, 2011


      Time those children went BACK TO SCHOOL! Hope it isn’t long now. Hard to aunch straight into holidays after just getting to the USA. Imagine the peace and quiet when they are all settled into their assorted educational establishments… you’ll deserve a wee bit of R & R for sure.

  • Reply August 7, 2011


    Happy Mothers Day to all those mothers who keep it real and are too busy being mothers to pretend to be perfect mothers!
    Rewinding with the Multiple Mum

  • Reply August 9, 2011


    I love this post. I agree totally. Happy ‘Real’ Mother’s Day to all that do their best no matter the outcome to make the world a better place for the kids and their community.

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