With the understanding that mothers are constantly reeling under the pressure of perfect parenting, Huggies aims to champion the power of a mom’s instinct by advocating the belief that #MomWaliFeeling hai #SahiWaliFeeling. My personal thoughts about this ..
The first time I watched Mary Poppins with my daughter, she pointed out something I hadn’t noticed before. In the movie, Julie Andrews measures herself with a tape and announces, “Mary Poppins, practically perfect in every way.” That’s when my little princess asked me, “Is that a special measuring tape? Can we buy it in a shop?”
It was an innocent question by a curious child, but my first instinct was to wonder if she was comparing my mothering skills to those of Mary Poppins. Unlike Mary Poppins, I was far from perfect!
The fallacy of the Perfect Mom!
Here I was, a working mother who left her child at a daycare for the whole day. I worried about spending enough quality time with her, worried about feeding her wholesome home-cooked meals, imperfect and feeling Mom Guilt every day!
After one particularly hard day, where I was in tears thinking I was doing everything wrong, the school sent home an activity book with my daughter which she excitedly showed me. In that, she had written all the things she likes doing with me – from painting our own t-shirts to crafting every evening, to singing songs in the car as we traveled!
That’s it – all my baby needed was my perfectly imperfect self – quirks and all! She didn’t need a mom who cooked perfectly, she was happy making fun food art with me; she needed someone who’d be there for her and love her unconditionally.
Huggies – #SahiWaliFeeling
I have come a long way from those days and loved the new campaign by Huggies, – #SahiWaliFeeling. With the understanding that mothers are constantly reeling under the pressure of perfect parenting, the brand aims to champion the power of a mom’s instinct by advocating the belief that #MomWaliFeeling hai #SahiWaliFeeling.
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As soon as we become pregnant, we aspire to become the ‘perfect Mom’. We read and we research; Google becomes our best friend! We want to make sure that our baby has everything they need for a perfect life, which means we need to be perfect ourselves.
The trope of the ‘perfect Mom’ or ‘supermom’ has been around for far too long, and it’s put a lot of pressure on mothers around the world. But it’s already 2022; it’s high time we bin it!
I can’t tell you how liberating this #MomWaliFeeling was for me. Without being weighed down by my own and society’s expectations, I was able to experience motherhood for what it truly was – a journey of love, laughter, and fun.
Looking at motherhood this way helped me enjoy all the little things along the way – that first toothless grin when she woke up in the morning, well-rested and happy thanks to a good diaper, those tiny fingers that grasped mine, and that oh-so-heavenly ‘new baby’ smell that I wish I could bottle up forever!
When we let go of the burden of perfection, life instantly becomes clearer and brighter. It creates space for us to appreciate and enjoy these beautiful moments of motherhood.
So go ahead, do your research and reading, but remember to trust your instincts and to enjoy the ride. Knowing that being yourself – 100% and unapologetically – is exactly what your baby needs, is the most #sahiwalifeeling ever!