A raging case of The Mondays.

When Mommy Shorts contacted me about participating in her Monday Mornings campaign with Allstate, I was admittedly on the fence. But, there was something so lovely about the transparency of the series that spoke to me. Ilana of Mommy Shorts started Monday Mornings to showcase the hidden beauty in the Monday morning routines and rituals of families through the literal lens of another. It often takes a totally foreign perspective to get us to say, “I’m a good mom. I’m doing alright with my small people.” So, I said, “Yes” and Allstate said, “A woman named Bad Parenting Moments? What could possibly go wrong? Yes!” and like that, an unlikely partnership formed.

As I drew closer to my Monday morning coffee date with all of you, I started to get unbelievably and insanely nervous. Photos of the piles of shoes on our floor? Photos of my bedhead? Photos of me pouring cereal when I should’ve, could’ve made scrambled eggs? The inevitable photo of me pointing with utter exasperation to the back door – 5 minutes late and no one has their damn socks on? Why? Why would I do that?

And then I said, why wouldn’t I do that? I share so much with all of you. Why wouldn’t I share my family and our bruised and battered Monday? So, here it is. Our Monday morning with cream and 1 sugar.

Through the chaos, I found moments of real beauty; emphasis on the REAL. And it struck me how Allstate’s mantra of Keeping you in Good Hands and Helping you live the Good Life, is eerily similar to my Monday morning mantra. In the few, minuscule moments of quiet; before the house stumbles awake, I always ask for patience. I ask for the ability to be the best mother I can be. I ask for the grace to forgive myself when I, undoubtedly, fail. I ask for the good life for my children. I ask for the universe to hold them safely in her hands. I ask for the ability to find joy in simplicity and I ask for my children to thrive despite my many shortcomings. I fit a lot of asking into those two minutes.

So, here we go….

A big pile of my family’s Monday on your doorstep. Thank you for being a part of our day. (photo credit and huge, loving thanks to Belinda Lashway)

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Want more? Of course you do. Here are a few of my absolute favorite Monday Morning posts:

Monday morning with Shaneka

Monday morning with Sara

Monday morning with Laura





Comments

  1. Love this, Bethany! Like you, I shudder to think of what they’d find here, on a Monday morning, but when I really think about it, it would probably much like what is going on on Monday mornings all over the world. 🙂

  2. I’m quite impressed by the fact that your house is clean, your lower half was covered the whole time, and your son wasn’t acting as though he would die from the tie chocking him (as mine does every single Monday morning).

  3. Chantelle Harrison says:

    Thank you so much for this. It’s comforting to know I’m not alone in Monday morning madness, even here in the UK.
    My pictures would be very similar to this, although I expect there would be at least one of me looking aghast after standing a random Lego/toy that my three year old has deemed appropriate to decorate the floor with!

  4. Of course I’ve seen you in action before, but I love these pictures. Hi everybody! I miss you!
    PS
    Naked Barbies? They make it REAL, yo.

  5. I love it. Love the peek into your family. And you look fab in that blue dress, mama!

  6. Your kids are adorable! I have one and have a hard time with Mondays…hell, any day that ends in y! And you in all your glorious sexiness, robe and turban towel just like my Mom when I was a kid 🙂 This may not be comforting, but it does not get easier as they get older. My son is now 13 1/2 (the 1/2 is VERY important!) and mornings are even worse than when he was 6! It could have something to do with the fact that I hate mornings myself, so my patient “Mommy face” is still in bed…..

  7. Thank you for sharing your photos! I’m in a bathrobe with a towel wrapped around my head for half my morning too! Well, when I shower, of course.

  8. Love you, love your family, the end.

  9. It made me smile that Barbie had to be there for the teeth brushing 🙂

    Your whole family makes me smile!!

  10. I love your transformation to turban and robe and then coiffed in heels!
    These are truly special and I love seeing the ordinary and relating to how it looks a lot like my house- shoes, spilled milk and all!

  11. At first I was like: “Well where the heck is the Dad in all of this? He should be helping!” And then I saw he was tasked with dressing the toddler. So, even distribution of workload all around, I guess.

  12. Your Monday sounds a like mine…except you actually did a lot better than I did! If you have a chance, read about “My Walk of Shame” on my blog.

  13. I swear Gloria Swanson never looked so cute in a turban. In other news, I feel like we’re all deserved time stamps on these photos because it looks like everyone got out on time. How is that possible?

    xo

  14. I just came across your facebook page. I’m not a parent but I have spent my life around kids and being parent has always been in my future and I have plenty of parent friends. So I think your page is hilarious.

    I loved this post, but my main thought by the end of it? “Is that a Modcloth dress?!” I have the red one!

  15. I think we’ve all had those days. It’s rare, but sometimes I get in such a rush with my son that I forget to put his shoes on when we’re walking out the door. Haha good boy though, he reminds me when it happens, and we slap his shoes on lickety split and head out. I think feeling like you’re running around like a chicken with your head cut off is common for parents, especially single parents! lol. It happens to all of us.

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