Beautifully written, Caitlin. Now that I'm a more experienced mom, I find myself feeling sorry for the moms who put so much pressure on themselves. There's enough stress just parenting and running a household, not to mention maintaining a loving marriage and possibly also a job outside the home.

I also wonder whether it was like this in the 80s and 90s, before social media was a thing. If you fell into the wrong "mom's group," maybe there was a level of perfection expected from everyone?

Thanks for sharing! Hope more parents join us in the "let's keep it real" tribe.