Huge Mom Fail

My husband called Saturday “beat up on yourself day.” Because that’s what I did all day. All day.

I can’t believe I did that. I can’t believe it. Oh my gosh, what a horrible mother. What an awful parent. Ugh. I have to make changes. I have to slow down. How could I do that?

And on. And on. And on.

And on.

I did not let up on myself.

Here’s why.

My daughter, Emma missed her one of her best friend’s birthday party. Like missed it. Like I forgot all about it.

The party for sweet little Penelope was Friday afternoon and I knew many of Emma’s other friends would be there, too. She had been looking forward to it for a few weeks.

And then life got in the way.

I totally forgot about it. I know. Awful.

It’s not even like Friday night came along and I remembered it. It wasn’t until Saturday morning when I was on Facebook and saw the pictures. My heart broke. I panicked. I couldn’t tell Emma. And I would tell my friend, Jenny that Emma didn’t feel well.



I couldn’t. I wouldn’t.

I sent a text (I know, wimpy) to my friend, Jenny. This is what I wrote, “OMG. Talk about a total MOM FAIL. I forgot all about the birthday party. I don’t even want to tell Emma. I’m sorry. I  have Penelope’s gift. What a loser mother.”

While I waited for the response, I told Emma. She was absolutely fine. She said, “It’s okay mommy.” I couldn’t believe it. What a mature response from a five-year-old. She was really fine with it. I immediately felt better.

Then the DING from my phone. A response.

And, I have to say – the response was basically amazing, “Oh no worries!! I understand the struggle is real lol!”

And it is. Jenny knows. Most moms know. Yet, we beat ourselves up. Why do we do that? To be honest, I had part two of a ROOT CANAL on Friday. Seriously. So, it’s not like I was sitting around watching soap operas all day. Although, I may have watched General Hospital at some point. 🙂

Seriously though.

Sometimes it feels like there is just not enough time in the day. I like to call myself a stay-at-home-mom, but I’m not. I work an awful lot. I’m a work-at-home-mom. It’s a thing, you know. They call us WAHMs. It’s the perfect balance for me. Or at least I thought it was.

It’s not all that often that I miss something and normally it’s not that big of a deal. But, the one thing I don’t want to ever do is disappointment my kids.

I think I made up for it today – with Penelope over all day long for a play date. 🙂

I’m still a little mad at myself, but I’ll be okay.

I will let it serve as a reminder to slow down a bit. And I will. For a while anyway. And that’s okay. It’s okay to need a gentle reminder. A little nudging.

We aren’t perfect. None of us. And guess what – that is okay, too.

Moms deserve a bit of a break. We juggle everyday. Work, parenting, sleepless nights and all that guilt.  We’re bound to drop a ball every now and then.

I told Emma that – I told her that it’s okay to forget about things, or make mistakes, or mess up. It’s okay because we are all human and – as Jenny said, the struggle is real. Every day. 🙂


Mary Friona

Mary Friona

Following my heart with my husband and four daughters. An Emmy Award winning journalist lucky enough to work in television & radio for 20 years - seeing wonderful places, meeting great people and telling their stories.

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    Jo Pfetsch


    It really is so easy to make a mistake like that. Being a mom or a WAHM is hard! You should check out Jaime Primak Sullivan. She does a Cawfeetawk every morning about being a mom, a woman, a human. She is amazing, and I think you’d love her videos. I know I do, and so do my daughters, who are also moms of littles. I loved reading this, Mary! And Emma is such a sweetheart!


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    Don’t fret about it. I don’t have children & am not married but my life is so hectic…..if there were an extra 24 hours in a week it wouldn’t matter – I’m a busy woman!!!!! Wouldn’t have it any other way though & you just have to expect things happen & it does not make you a bad person at all!


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