She wears high-waisted jeans, has short bobbed hair, and couldn't care less about her appearance. She's all about the latest baby trends and gossips with other mothers. She's the stereotypical new mom, and you may even recognize a few of her traits in yourself. But not to worry. More and more first-time mothers are casting these stereotypes aside and creating their own brands of motherhood.
Why Moms Cling to Stereotypes
It may be subconscious or stem from a need to fit in with others, but mothers understandably tend to put themselves as second priority when it comes to their children.
When you're a busy mom, it can be easy to forget to take a shower or brush your hair. You might find that the only way to relate to other mothers is through gossip, or that you'll deprive your child unless you have the trendiest baby gear. However, many new moms fail to realize that taking care of themselves makes them feel better and, in turn, supplies them with more energy to raise their families. Likewise, it's easy to forget that it is OK to be yourself: Being your own person is liberating and allows you to raise your baby the way you see fit.
Are You the Stereotypical Mom?
Everyone has a bit of a "mom" stereotype in them. Find out where you fit in.
- The Stay-at-Home-Mom (SAHM) and the Super Mom: These are two of the most common mom stereotypes, according to Ziba Kashef, editor-in-chief of Pregnancy magazine. The stereotypical super mom has a fulfilling career, spends ample time with her kids, maintains a perfectly clean home, and always manages to look stylish. The SAHM stereotype is often frumpy and has no interests outside of her kids.
The truth? Most modern moms are a blend of stereotypes—finding comfortable niches that suit themselves and their families.