Growing up one of my mom’s favorite movies of all time was and is a Disney Classic Mary Poppins. This movie was set in London, England at the turn of the 20th century. Julie Andrews played Mary Poppins who was a live in magical nanny for the Banks family who had a son Michael and daughter Jane. By the end of the movie Mary Poppins had helped this family and the kids by using music, games and silly fun tricks and other things. One of the fun things that takes place in the movie is that Mary Poppins has a special tape measure that describes you and. has saying on the tape measure. Of course Mary Poppins measured at being Practically Perfect in every where. I know for me at least that I’m far from being practically perfect in every way as a women, wife and mama. Although in considering how we measure up in our roles as women and mamas this gives much food for my mama thought.
I know in my life and days as a mama there is endless lists of stuff that is practical that has to be done and most of the time it isn’t very pretty. In considering this I find that there are a few facets to consider. One thing to reflect upon is that none of us are perfect and nor can we be as women, wives and mamas. Secondly not being perfect is oaky no matter how hard of a pill that may be for some of us especially for me. Moreover even though Mary Poppins was practically perfect practically in eery way we aren’t Mary Poppins or at least I’m not and I and you don’t have to be. I think often times in our culture there is so much focus on what is expected, the stands that have to be met and how we measure up. I know in motherhood that is definitely true. I know as a mama I worry about how I’m measuring as a wife, woman, mama and in all my roles. It’s easy to forget and hard to remind myself or each other that all I have to do and we as mamas strive for is to do and give our very best to our families and babies.
One of the biggest facets if not the most important to having to be so practical in my daily life is a mama is that it seems that just about the prettiness goes out the window. There are lots of things that goes into the being and feeling pretty as a women. However it seems that once we start our journey into motherhood more times than not our focus is on our necessity of constantly being practical and not the things that help us have our personal prettiness needs. You must being saying wait minute now who has time for making me feel oh so pretty stuff. I mean I’m lucky if I brush my teeth or hair in the morning or at all. I hear you ladies there have been many days to many to count that I have likewise had no time for me to feel human never mind pretty. Although I would say that if we all agree that when mama is sane everybody is sane. Then the case could be made that there is equal need if not more so in us mamas finding time to us feeling pretty and take care of the prettiness and doing so is most practical indeed.
When I talk about feeling pretty I’m including a wide range of things that relate to how we as mama take care of self. I’m talking about all that goes into to our self care as mamas. Its not just about putting on make up, dressing up, or dolling up. Although there is nothing wrong with any and all of those sometimes a girl needs what a girl needs to feel pretty. I’m wanting to expand the scope here of our self care beyond makeup. I personally don’t generally wear make up but there a multiude of things I do and love to do that help me feel pretty and human when I address my own self care. For me part of it are some very basic things like brushing my teeth and using mouth wash, getting to put on d.o. bathing/ showering and washing hair and brushing my hair. Although beyond that I love working out in the mornings and most of my journey as a mama that has not be the case. Also another comment for me is eating 5 or 6 times a day with small portions and healthy choices of food. In life and motherhood it has been my experience that more times than not I’ve had to grab it when I can and catch such things when I can. Although it’s hard some times and there have been times when I’ve not been able to eat, work out, bath as often or things to feel pretty and human the way I want to or as often as I would like. I know for me when I do get to these things to feel pretty and human and attend to my own self care it does help me to feel pretty, human, balanced, focused, centered and sane. This makes for a happy mama and that make for a happier and more sane everybody.
In ensuring I and we take time to make ourselves pretty we are doing one of the most practical things and best things we can for our babies, families and ourselves. For one we are taking care of ourselves so that we can be pretty, human and sane. Also we are working towards being the best version of ourselves
in taking time to feeling pretty and making ourselves the best version of us we are replenishing, refreshing, rejuvenating, and recharging ourselves so that we keep giving to our families and our babies and giver our best to them. Also this for us or at least me to be centered, focused, balanced and sane. In being the best version of ourselves we can be and give our families and babies sour very best May I and we as mama also strive to do what is practical to include feeling pretty by caring for ourselves. May we as mamas continue on in our journey as Mamas do what is best for our babies and families and ourselves always.