Last weekend, I had the pleasure of attending MomCon2015. MomCon reminded me of Cheer Camp from my high school days. Everywhere you turn at cheer camp, you see clusters of spirited girls (usually in matching shirts). That’s MomCon. Moms so excited to get away for the weekend, that they forgot to pack their jammies. Moms completely pumped up because they get leave behind whining and diapers and cooking, even for just a few days. Moms thrilled to sleep in or stay up all night. Moms willing to stand in the Starbucks line for two hours, just because they could!
As I stepped into the elevator I heard women share encouraging stories from their sessions. The sex talk, the discipline talk, even the money talk. One mom blurted out how fabulous AND exhausting she found motherhood. We all agreed. As I listened to their stories, I compared this weekend to an energy drink for the soul. Hearing that someone other than you has struggled with self-worth, loneliness, purpose, parenting, marriage and more, helps. It really helps.
I spent most of my time in our booth at The Homegrown Preschooler. I watched as moms looked at our sensory materials and books. Some jumped in, some were a bit more cautious. I listened as moms shared their struggles of motherhood. I enjoyed encouraging moms who worried about their child’s development and wellbeing. When I mentioned that I had ten children, many moms gasped. Some moms called me blessed and others referred to me as supermom. I have often gasped at the thought of trying to raise ten children, I do feel completely blessed, but I am FAR from Supermom. I am a mom who struggles with mistakes and regrets, like every other mom that attended MomCon. And just like all of the other moms there, I loved my weekend away, but couldn’t wait to get back home to the greatest job in life… being a MOM!
That is MOMCON!
Thank you MomCon2015. You are making a difference!