Aussie Mums and about keeping it real

There are certainly days when I fantasise about having a family life that’s as crisp and fresh as a washing powder commercial … or maybe as cheerful and sunny as a margarine advertisement. Sigh, it’d be brilliant, wouldn’t it …. but really??  … Really?

The chances are even less than slim ol’ Buckley’s, as the reality of such good luck falling at my feet would be completely unheard of and actually begs the question …. what IS the perfect family?

As matriarch of the perfect family, would I be able to create delicious evening meals, EVERY single night, that looked like they slipped off the set of MKR before being snapped for Instagram … just before pinning? Why, of course!

And yep, my kids would all be dressed in white, or at the very least pastels. Always. With no grubby stains, not one, not even on the scooter riding 13 year old. The only thing shinier and whiter in this fantasy would be the perfectly straight teeth (minus the pain in the arse that trips to the orthodontist are) that are always smiling because the sulks of grumpy kids (and grumpier parents) are strictly not allowed.

It’d be just ike this …

Look at our beautifully perfect family! Aren’t we gorgeous and clean and happy?
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Post Natal Depression and motherhood induced anxiety? Pfffft.

Colic .. reflux … nappy rash? Double, triple pfffft!

Before school TV … packaged crap in the lunchbox …. chicken nuggets for dinner?? Nope, not on my watch!

As if. Then follow with condescending eye roll.

So help me here. Please.

Ok, so we all know that there are many shades of reality, right? And indeed, my perception of what’s a ‘real’ and authentic family could certainly differ from someone else’s and that is very A-ok. To be honest, that is exactly what I want your help with … I want to share your story of motherhood and family life. I want the real-deal, the stuff that makes you and your family tick and I want to share it on Family Survival Coach as part of Aussie Mums – the keeping it real project.

Here’s the brief …

For real Mums (that’s right, like you and like me), it’s easy to lose sight of what’s ‘normal’ in a world shaped by margarine commercials, womens’ magazines and Facebook status updates. Too often, we are left questioning not only our parenting actions but also our instincts when we compare ourselves and our family’s situation to others.

BUT, I have a vision, and this is where YOU enter the picture!

I’m looking to run a series here on the site portraying the realities and stories of EVERYDAY, REAL Australian Mums. I’m not looking to feature Super-Mums (mainly because I’d have no idea where to find these mythical creatures) but rather I’m wanting contributions from Mums who would be willing to share their unique motherhood journey with me, and others, in order to normalise the diverse experience that motherhood is.

Can you, will you share your story?

It really would be so awesome to have you on board.

Read more about it here and let’s demystify that shiny perfect Colgate family! Yeah?

 It’s Friday. I’m running late for flogging time with Grace over at hers. Better hurry! See you there!


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9 Responses to “Aussie Mums and about keeping it real”

  1. Sis Says:

    What do you mean? We have gourmet meals here every night and we’re so clean we barely need bathing. And we never need to raise our voices at our child because she is an angel. All. The. Time.


    If anyone believes they DO have the ‘perfect’ life, then they are kidding themselves ridiculously!! I’ll be participating!!


  2. Grace Says:

    What a brilliant idea, Shari! I have many realistic stories that I’d be happy to share!!!
    I think you’re going to start a revolution!
    Well done, girlfriend x


  3. Gabbie Says:

    I’m in too :-) I’m so tired of trying to reach an unattainable ideal. Reality check needed!


  4. Sarah Willoughby Says:

    what a great and inspiring idea. Too many women are very hard on themselves trying to live up to some weird society/media stereotype.


  5. Virginia@Tick The Box Says:

    It’s lovely to have such high aspirations but the reality is you need to live! not act as some PR machine would have us believe we should ! I dressed my baby in white as she looked so gorgeous in white .. And yes I was happy to scrub the stains or indeed accept that they were unlikely to have a second life :)


  6. Sunshine Mumma - Mands Says:

    Do people really think these families exist LOL. I let my children run around in the nude weather permitting so I don’t have to do as much washing. And the number of times I have picked the kids up from daycare at 5:55 and then ran past Mc Donalds or the local takeaway is a little embarrasing.

    This image of the perfect family and house really does not help the super mum thing. I am happy to admit I am no super mum and my house is a stye 50% of the time, passable a little more 49% of the time and sparkly less than 1% of the time.


  7. Judi Gray Says:

    This is a really great post and is just how many of us mum feel all the time, we are our own harshest critic’s! Thanks for the reminder that no one’s lives are picture perfect.


  8. Alli Price Says:

    Great idea – and fab to write about it so we just remind ourselves from time to time – it’s easy to get caught up in the land of magazines and commercials x



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