Over the years, I have watched and observed the many mums that I have met at school and clubs and I am fascinated by the different parenting styles and if you like, the different types of mum and I have often wondered what type of mum I am.
There are plenty of ‘mum types’ that I don’t fit into. I am not and never will be a ‘Yummy Mummy’ although I am not a big fan of that overused phrase. According to Google, a Yummy Mummy is a young, stylish and attractive mum. As I said, that will never be me. Ever. Attractive? No. Stylish? If I can drag the children out looking respectable in the morning, I have done well. Fashionista, I am not. There is no time or mirror space for me. Young? I was a young mum once but not anymore and in fact, when I had my daughter, I was classed as a ‘geriatric mum’ which is a delightfully heartwarming phrase that they use to describe mums over 35.
Then there is the phrase ‘Slummy Mummy’ which I suppose it the polar opposite of the younger more attractive yummy version. Maybe that is more me, old, unattractive and never stylish? That seems a little too harsh, so I’m not going with that one.
There are lots of mums that I would call Pinterest Mums. The ones who seem to seamlessly juggle work, children and still manage to find time to be creative and produce beautiful crafts and cook cookery book-worthy meals (from scratch, of course, no microwave lasagnes here). They are the ones who bring in beautiful bakes to cake sales and coffee mornings and always seem to be perfectly in control. That isn’t me either. Control? What is that exactly? Cake sales? Here is one I bought from Tesco earlier.
The Micromanaging Mums are always super-organised and ready to do their best to help their kids, the school and the local community, which is, by the way, amazing, but they are dedicated to the cause. Facebook groups, coffee mornings, social events, school trips, they practically work at the school. Everything seems to be precision timed and organised to the nth degree. I would love to be one of these mums but never quite seem to have enough hours in the day.
The Pushy Mum. We have all met a pushy mum. Their children are the best at everything. Whatever your child has done, their child has done bigger, better and with bells on. Enough said.
Of course, I always refer to myself as a Stressy Mummy. That was always how I saw myself and hence the name of this blog. Too many children, too little time and I seem to spend my time hurtling from one thing to another but everything gets done eventually and the children are all alive and well and happy (most of the time).
These are just a few mum types and I am sure that there are many more. So what type of mum am I? Where would I fit in? Well, I like to think that actually, I am a mix of different types of mums, very stressy, a bit pushy sometimes, a tiny bit Pinteresty maybe? Over on the SunLife website, you can take a test to see what type of mum you are and I came out as an Organic Mum. This is apparently a mum who is generous and gives the children lots of attention, encouraging them to be open-minded and free thinking with a ‘live and learn’ philosophy. I think that pretty much sums me up, so I will take that. Why not go and take the test for yourself and find out what sort of mum you are?