I never got around to seeing Bad Moms the movie in theatres so I was super excited when it was released on video last week! **On a side note, do people still say ‘video’ or am I dating myself? I feel like this doesn’t really apply in the digital era.**
Regardless, if you haven’t got a chance to see it, go download it now! This movie was not only a great comedy but was such a good reminder that being a mom is hard, and motherhood is really about making it through the day the best way that we can.
Here are the 4 lessons that I took away from the movie (in between nearly peeing myself laughing) hope you can relate!
1. Find your tribe
Before I had kids I often wondered what kind of mom I would be. Would I be the crunchy mom? The cool mom? The working mom? The stay at home mom? The mom who did it all or the mom who was always a walking disaster. I worried that none of the other moms would like me, and nobody would want to hang out with me and my kid.
This movie shed some light on this and demonstrated that no matter what your interests or parenting style is there will always be other people out there who get you. So my advice, find your tribe. Find others who have similar interests but don’t strive to fit a mold just to fit in. Build meaningful relationships and support each other however you can. It takes a village, and although you may not jive with all the moms at school I guarantee you will find the ones who are great to be around and make motherhood just a little bit easier.
2. Stop raising over privileged kids
I love the part in the movie when the kid complains that he has to make his own breakfast. This is one thing that I have to thank my own mom for. She always made us work for what we had. Sure, she helped with our science projects and enrolled us in every activity you could imagine but at the end of the day she taught us to make our own lunches, wash our own clothes and learn how to survive in the world without her. Thank you mama, although I didn’t appreciate it then I sure do now!
3. Have a little fun sometimes
Okay, I’m not saying you should be going out partying every night but why does having a kid automatically mean you should be housebound? Go out, have fun, be yourself and act silly with your girlfriends. I love my family and I love spending time with them but every once in a while a mama needs to relax and feel like her old self again. I am grateful for my girlfriends and our relaxed wine nights or afternoon coffee dates. It’s just enough time away to kick back, have no responsibilities and enjoy life to its fullest.
4. You just can’t do it all…and that’s okay
We all want the best for our kids, but living up to the image of a ‘perfect mom’ can be exhausting! You see the highlight reel of other people’s lives on Facebook and think….Aw man! I suck at this!
Nobody is perfect, myself included. Find your strengths, know your kids, and show them how much you care through how you treat them. At the end of the day nobody is filling out a scorecard on how many soccer games you watched or Pinterest projects you completed. Life is all about balance.
I loved this movie. Although it’s a hilarious exaggerated version of what life with kids is really like, I loved how it addresses the fact that there is a lot of pressure on Mothers to fit some mythical description of what makes a good parent. Mila Kunis is so adorable you just want to hug her and give her a high five. She was a great fit for this movie and will make you want to be more like her! Check out Bad Moms today, and plan a little Mom’s night in to watch it.
At the end of the day the best kind of moms are the ones that raise their kids with love. We are all doing the very best that we can, so let’s cheer each other on and work together to be great role models for our children.
Your fellow struggling fit mama,