Whether you’re a newbie or seasoned vet, momming can be a tough gig. But having a supportive tribe who’s got your back can ease the journey. So in this season of Thanksgiving, let’s take a hot second to thank the moms (you know who you are) who make all the difference in our world.
Hot Mess Mom. God bless her. She makes the rest of us feel like maybe, just maybe, we have our sh%t together (that is, on the days we’re not Hot Mess Mom ourselves). Frazzled and fully caffeinated, Hot Mess Mom is always flying out the door like a bat outta hell with her stained yoga pants, t-shirt with the store sticker still on it, messy bun and energy bar in hand. She realizes she forgot to pack junior’s cleats when she gets to the field (10 minutes late) for the big game and can never find her sunglasses (psst, check your head). And her car? An on-the-go war zone of water bottles, drive-thru boxes and bags, kids clothing and who knows what else. We adore Hot Mess Mom ‘cause she’s the real deal.
Mentor Mom. She’s been there, done that. Her kids are mostly grown—you see them occasionally on Facebook in homecoming pictures and when their team goes to State. She’s cool, collected and nothing seems to phase her. She knows who all the good teachers are, a home remedy for any malady and what local restaurants have the best kids-eat-free deals. She doesn’t sweat the small stuff and understands how you’re feeling when your little one is losing it in aisle 3. No judgement here. She’s a good one to have in your corner when you need sound advice or someone to help you keep it in perspective.
Do Good Mom. This mom has it all together and then some. And that’s a lovely thing for the rest of us. She organizes the class parties, arranges dinner for teachers on conference night, always has an amazing activity planned for Girl Scouts and is the one we go to when we need answers. “Did I turn in that permission slip for Suzie?” “What day did I sign up to volunteer?” “Are the treats supposed to be peanut- and gluten-free?” This mom saves our collective asses half the time with reminder emails and Sign Up Genius forms. Keep on keeping on, Do Good Mom. No doubt you’ve earned a spot in heaven.
Carpool Mom. Whether it’s a practice a few minutes down the road or a game in a different time zone, this mom is all about the carpool. To and from team practice, dance class, after-school activities, birthday parties or Cub scouts, she’s the first to send a group text to the rest of us moms asking who wants in. Better text back quick as there are only 5 spots in the minivan. Carpool mom might even send an Excel sheet with who’s driving where for what so no one forgets a shift. With all the things us moms have going on, Carpool Mom makes the daily hustle a little happier.
Gossip Mom. You know you’re gonna get the juicy scoop from this one. Always up to date on social media and things spoken behind closed doors, she’s unapologetically in the know. To be clear, there’s good and bad Gossip Moms. The Gossip Mom we love is reliable and only spills the beans to those she trusts. She tips you off to bad influences when it comes to your kids’ selection of friends, what never to bring up to so-and-so and what Coach might be looking for at tryouts. Be gracious for the gems she gifts to you and keep them to yourself. The last thing you want to do is break her circle of trust.
Smart Ass Mom. A personal favorite, she’s a straight shooter, tell-it-like-it-is kid of gal. If she were a Golden Girl, she’d no doubt be Dorothy. Smart Ass Mom doesn’t take anything too seriously, is tired of the B.S. and likes her Shiraz with a side of snarky. A good laugh is always guaranteed with this one. She sometimes rubs people the wrong way who don’t know her well and it may take her a while to warm up to you, too. But once you’re in, she’s as true blue as it gets.
Ride or Die Mom. Need to spill your guts? She’s the one you go to (and she’d never think of checking her phone in mid-conversation). Or a shoulder to cry on? Rest your head here, child. She’s thoughtful when she speaks and always offers sound advice. She remembers your birthday and will ask you about something you brought up a month ago that you barely remember yourself. She’s quick to text you back (even when you aren’t), will bring over chicken soup when you’re laid up with the flu and is Numero Uno on your emergency contact list. She’s a damn good egg.
Party Mom. Forget Pampered Chef or Norwex parties. This good-time gal is gunning for an overdue mom’s night out or an out-of-town weekend trip with the girls. You can count on her to become best friends with the bartender, get low on the dance floor when the DJ plays her favorite 90s hip-hop jam and insist on swinging through the Taco Bell drive-thru on the way home. Party Mom is loud, a hugger when she’s tipsy and someone who knows the importance of letting loose every once in a while. You need her you-deserve-a-break-today attitude in your life.
Go Team Mom. You see her everywhere—at the ballpark, soccer field, in the gym during basketball or volleyball season. Her kids do it all. She has spent a small fortune on Thirty-One bags, which offer plenty of space for extra ice packs, Band-aids and snacks. She hands out goodie bags and reserves hotel room blocks for every out-of-town tournament. And you admire her for the cunning way she sneaks wine into the park by hiding it in a sunscreen bottle. She cheers loudly for every player and always keeps it positive. She makes our kids feel like winners and keeps the fun in youth sports.
Us moms are a complex bunch so, chances are, your favorites may be a mix of a few of these personalities. But one thing’s for sure—having these ladies in your life is a wild, wonderful and wacky gift. This Thanksgiving, tell your tribe how thankful you are for all the things. Because this journey called motherhood just wouldn’t be the same without them.