Let’s get real for a second here, moms: who doesn’t actually feel like a grown up? Show of hands? That’s what I thought. I knew I couldn’t be the only one!
When I was a kid, I thought there would be some definitive point in time when I would actually feel like an adult. High school graduation came and went… Nothing. College graduation? Nope. My first “real” job? Uh uh. You’d think by the time I had a kid of my own I would actually feel like I’ve mastered the whole grown-up thing. But I’m almost 17 months in and I definitely don’t feel that way.
Sure, I’m great at doing those fabulous “adult” things like making my own doctor appointments and cooking dinner, but it still kind of feels like I’m playing house – pretending I know what I’m doing.
I even remember a conversation with my mom probably 10 years ago when I asked her if she felt like an adult and she told me she didn’t! She was in her late 40s at the time and I was so surprised! But at the same time, I loved it. Partly because my mom knows how to be silly and have fun and not take herself too seriously, and partly because it made me feel better that I didn’t feel like a grown-up yet.
So, if anyone out there is feeling the same way, just know that you’re not alone and you’re doing a fine job. I won’t tell anyone we’re just faking it unless you do.