I don’t know about you, but some of the best ideas I’ve gotten as a mom haven’t come from the experts. Well, not the official experts. They’ve come from real moms. Deep in the trenches. Moms who, like me, are trying their hardest and want to celebrate — and share — when they’ve struck mothering gold. The best, though, is when I’m chatting with a group of mom friends and we take each others’ ideas and make them better, simple by talking through the issue. (Because let’s face it, we all do things differently, and some things people suggest would absolutely never work for my kids.)
Well, I couldn’t help but feel like I was witnessing exactly that when I watched the latest video from Circle of Moms by POPSUGAR (from the Circle of Moms video series in partnership with Kia). The four hosts covered a few interesting topics including how to talk to kids about weight issues, planning birthday parties, and easing the transition for a sibling when a new baby comes along. While all of the topics were interesting, and gave me real food for thought, my favorite was the birthday party conversation.
You know what? Pink’s birthday is this week. I know, I’ve mentioned in once or twice. But I’m still in denial, so I just keep writing about it in the hopes that I’ll actually accept it before our family arrives to celebrate.
Well, in this portion of the episode, the moms — who drove through town in the all New 2014 Kia Sorento as they chatted — shared their approaches to birthday parties. One mom, Tia Mowry admitted to going big. Yep, I’ve done that. Big’s 1st birthday party was totally insane (think personally designed paper napkins that had to be ordered in an outrageously high minimum quantity). Another mom, Diane Mizota, said she goes with a low-key approach to birthday parties. Enter Pink — you know, the 3rd kid. (Plus, I went to high school and college with Diane, and always looked up to her, so I couldn’t help but feel like I was finally hanging out with her and we still totally have so much in common. Stalker. I know.)
It wasn’t that they said all kinds of things I’d never heard — there were a few new nuggets though. It was that they reaffirmed where I’ve been, and where I am now. They shared their personal experiences, laughed with each other and at themselves. And I got them. And I felt like they got me, too.
You know. I really think that’s what every mom online is looking to find. Someone who gets them. Be it a humorous blog, a site full of great advice, or a parenting Q & A chat room, there’s a place for all of us to feel a bit more, well, normal. Even on those crazy days.
The ladies in the latest video from Circle of Moms by POPSUGAR fit that bill. You can check it out for yourself here (and still have plenty of time to do dishes and laundry while your little angel naps):
After you watch it, I’d love to hear your thoughts. Do you agree? Are these moms you’d want to hang out with? (Even if you don’t personally wish you were as cool as one of them used to be, and quite obviously still is…) What was your favorite topic or tidbit?
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Kia through their partnership with Circle of Moms. While I was compensated to review the Kia Motors video and write a review, all opinions are my own.
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