These Mom bloggers need to quit trying so damn hard…
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So I was doing the usual coffee and cruise Facebook thing this morning and this showed up:
I’m just going to come right out and say it…
This story is mostly fakeAF but I laughed reading it to my husband anyways. I have zero issue with someone using their creative license to add a little something to a good story but it’s not always totally necessary. It takes A LOT to get me laughing, or even paying attention, to shit in my news feed. This did both. By all accounts Tara did her job. What she didn’t get was my precious “like.” I just can’t do disingenuous and Tara’s page is filled with over-the-top anecdotes about her days spent as a mother. Howy Cwap indeed.
I think what probably happened is that Tara and her little one actually did walk in to some lady dropping a stink spike at the Marshalls. I think the little one probably did make a joke about the lady smelling. However, I don’t believe the whole thing was quite as elaborate as she wrote down for her followers.
I can’t prove any of this because the only other person in the room was the chick who was brown bombing the discount store. (If it was me I’d admit it… or blame it on Abi like I usually do…) Call it a hunch. What I can say is that I’m a writer and I’ve been in situations where I have to keep quiet while my brain is going a mile a minute. I’ve sat on edge praying my kids didn’t start spewing verbal diarrhea. I always play the funniest case scenario when it happens and I include what I’m thinking when I tell the story later. I don’t make it fact while using my kid’s voice to project my humor.
I see Mom bloggers all the time that feel the need to add that over-written little extra about their kid stories and it’s totally not needed. Sometimes the story itself is funny as is. If you’re good at what you do it will shine brighter because it’s authentic. One of the best things about kids is their natural humor. They don’t need us to be funny for them.
I make posts about my kids all the time but I never have to fluff the story because they are hysterical just the way they are.
My biggest issue here is that our kids are going to go back and read our words when they get older. Shouldn’t we be doing them the favor, if we choose to document them so publicly, to be honest? They aren’t puppets. Aren’t they worthy of at least that much respect?
I wanted to be fair and so I sent this story, as it was posted, to fifteen of my surliest moms. All but one felt it was exaggerated to the point of obnoxious. We love to laugh but we aren’t idiots.
Anyways, I’m not throwing my usual heavy dose of shade. This chick just caught my eye and made me realize how often I see it this new wave of Mom bloggers trying too damn hard. I just rarely get an actual giggle out of it. My advice to them is keep it simple and honest. That’s how you’re going to get my brand of mom to follow you. We keep it real AND like fart jokes. Lay off the extra while you’re already being extra.