My children are both up and watching Basil Brush while sitting in their pj's on the sofa in the living room whose floor is still a tangled mess of toys, jigsaw parts and crumbs.
When they get dressed into (most probaly) yesterdays clothes (which may or may not be food stained) I may not brush their hair until later on in the day (if I remember) and at 10 a snack of something unhealthy(its Saturday) will be shared.
I will at several points during the day (!!) lose my temper with both of them and in the end decide to sit on the naughty step myself as that is where it is safer! If I could sit there in a cocoon with a glass of wine and the laptop I would be happier!
Both my girls are happy, clean( well unless they've just eaten chocolate and I've forgotten to wash faces!), fed and loved. We play together, learn together and laugh together. So why are we terrorised by the Alpha Mummies - a proper mummy as talked about today in the Guardian.
Am I not a proper mummy, do I need to be perfect to be a proper mummy?
Do I need to have well dressed, smart kids whose uniform looks prestigne every day. In the article Sali Hughes talks about fishing a dirty uniform out of the laundry basket and wiping it with a damp cloth. Have we not all done this at one point or another.
I remember when Bel was born going to my post natal class and having the leader ask us if anything untoward had happened to the babies yet. I looked up and without thinking said "Bel has rolled off our bed". Many mummies in the room recoiled with shock and horror and not one other mum came over and said me too.
Should we strive to be Alpha Mummies whose children look like they've come from a telly advert or do you mind if my children are possibly a bit dirty round the edges.
PS If you are an Alpha Mummy then please don't dismiss me I will strive to get better, I promise (fingers crossed behind back!)