We dont usually try to be authentic and raw on social media, but a beautiful thing happens when people are vulnerable and dont hide anything.
Aly Brothers a 22-year-old single mom of two from West Virginia posted a tearful selfieanda long message about parenthood after a trip to the grocery store with her kids. She wanted to show what parenthood really looks like in a brutally honest way.
The trip wasnt anything special or different, but customers reactions to Alyand her kids prompted her to break down, cry and express her struggles in a post on Facebook.
She used the situation where her two toddlers were crying and causing a scene at a grocery store as a teaching moment for those who believe parenthood is supposed to look perfect all the time.
This is motherhood. No fancy filters, no good lighting, no new lipstick. Its messy hair thats wet from the rain, yesterdays makeup that I was too tired to wash off, and tears.
Motherhood is HARD. Single-motherhood is HARD. These tears started as the cashier of Giant Eagle handed me my receipt and continued for the entire drive home.
The whole post breaks down what happened on this particular trip to the store.
To me, it sounds like her kids were just being kids. Some people act like theyve never seen two young brothers squabble in public before.
Its not like the looks and stares go unnoticed.
Everyones eyes were on me as if to say cant you control your own children.
One older gentleman whispered, Shes pretty young for two kids, and I lost it. She handed me my receipt and I cried.
They dont know me. They dont know me as a mother. They dont know my children.
They dont know I was married before I started a family. They dont know I left that marriage because of abuse, knowing I would have it just as hard as a single mother.
Her post has been shared over 15,000 times, and has receivedover 3,500 comments from supportive mothers who have felt the same.
Alyoffers some sound advice to people who see mothers struggling with their kids in public:
So, if you see a parent struggling, if you see a kid throwing a tantrum, if you see a mom on the verge of tears please say something nice. Please dont glare with judgement.
And to all moms out there having a day like mine I see you, I know you, I love you. You are strong and you are doing just fine.
You can see the full post below. Her strength is really inspiring.
This is motherhood. No fancy filters, no good lighting, no new lipstick. It’s messy hair that’s wet from the rain,
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