The Only 3 Things Moms Need in Order to Survive Parenting

Well, friends -- I had a bit of an "ah-ha" moment recently after a friend of mine posted the photo above on Facebook of my little dude and two of his best friends. It was taken quite a few years ago, and after oohing and aahing over it for a few seconds -- a light bulb went off in my head.

Because everything moms need to successfully survive the journey of motherhood can easily be summed up simply by looking at this photo.

(Cutest kids ever, right?)

Ok, let's cut to the chase. If you haven't already figured out the three key things every mom needs to survive parenting after viewing this picture -- let me fill you in.

1. The only mantra you'll ever need -- "This too shall pass" -- As hard as it is, moms need to appreciate every second of the time we have with our kids while they're little. Yes, it's challenging. And yes, you're exhausted and overwhelmed most of the time. And we'd all be lying if we didn't admit to wishing away those precious moments at one point or another. You know -- "I wish he was already in school," or "I wish he would stop waking me up at 5 o'clock in the morning." (Stuff like that.)

But you know what? I'd give ANYTHING -- ANYTHING, to go back in time and sit at that table with those three kids on that lazy summer day again -- even if it were only for an hour or so. And this time, I'd appreciate that day a whole lot more than I probably did then.

2. Wonderful friends -- Yes, I know this one's a no-brainer, but I can't stress the importance of having one or two really good mom friends to laugh with, cry with, and lean on for support while trying to figure out the ins and outs of parenthood. And it's such a bonus when your friend's kids are around the same age as yours -- because they grow up together -- to where playing together becomes second nature down the road.

Those two beautiful kids who are sitting in that pic with my son? Yeah, they're more than just "my friend's kids." We may not be blood related, but they feel more like a niece and nephew to me than two of my son's buddies. And don't even get me started on their mom -- because she's amazing too. I can 100 percent say that without her, her kids, and a couple other friends who also live in our town, I'm fairly certain I'd have lost it a long time ago.

3. Have you figured out number three yet? Take a look at the picture one more time and tell me what immediately jumps out at you.

Yep -- the corkscrew. I didn't notice it at first because I was too busy freaking out over how adorable our kids were when they were little, but once I spotted it, I laughed out loud.

Let's face it -- MOMS NEED WINE. I repeat -- MOMS NEED WINE.

The end.


About: Mary Hawkins
Mary J. Hawkins is an accomplished editor, writer, and social media enthusiast who has been working in the digital media space since 2009. In a former life, she was the author and owner of The Mommyologist, a humor blog centered around the changes that happen after kids arrive on the scene. She is currently the full-time Senior Editor of Audience Development for CafeMom, and has been a part of their team for the past 5 years.  Mary also recently launched a lifestyle and travel blog called “Catching the Next Wave,” which centers around the new phase of life she’s navigating as a recently divorced single mom of one charismatic 10-year-old and a pint-sized Shih-Tzu.  When she manages to find time to detach herself from her laptop, Mary leads an active lifestyle. She has a strong passion for travel and welcomes every opportunity to explore new places and experience new adventures. She is also a huge fan of Pilates and Yoga – though she doesn’t get to class quite as often as she’d like.  Mary lives in a small town in the middle of Connecticut, though she’d rather live in the city, on the coast, or a combination of both.