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Every mom has struggled at one time or another. Or all the time. That’s because the struggles are real: maybe she can’t get the baby to stop crying, or she’s having latching issues or he won’t take the bottle, or she hates her body, or she’s exhausted and suffering from postpartum. Being a parent is a 24-hour job that pays with dirty diapers and sleepless nights. But we wouldn’t trade it in for anything in the world because the power of love — not to mention the power of cute — is kind of amazing.

Australian blogger Constance Hall posted a powerful message on Facebook that’s super-sweary and brilliant. Think of it as an open letter to all moms who are struggling in one way or another (or a dozen), be it feeling pressure and judgment at home or out and about.

To the woman at the park, looking at her phone, ignoring her children,
I salute you.
For not giving into the public perception that you should be switched on, 24 hours a day.
For giving no fucks about what “constable mother’s group” thinks.

To the woman with piles of dishes and washing who walks straight out the door for a coffee at her friends,
I salute you.
Being a good mum or wife or human does NOT mean spending eternity cleaning your house. If you leave them for long enough your friends will start doing them. Trust me.

To the woman at the doctors surgery, waiting patiently to request some antidepressants,
I salute you.
Post natal depression is a rude little cunt. You are still coping, do not confuse depression for not coping, you’ve taken action, you look like a coping queen to me.
Too often strength and weakness are confused, strength is asking for help.
You are so strong.
So many women are going through the exact same thing, they just don’t talk about it.

To the woman who didn’t loose all of that baby weight,
I salute you.
A brand new 24 hour job that doesn’t pay and won’t end for around 20 years is NOT a good time to give up cake. Eat the cake, eat the whole fucking cake and fuck off anyone who dares to say anything. Your post baby body is not all the sudden free for public commentary.

Lots of love,

A fellow mum, who’s days are full of mammoth fails and micro victories, yet who’s heart still manages to repeatedly explode for the mini army of Love all day. 🌷

Con

Hall salutes all the incredible moms out there, from the ones who give no f–ks about what other people think, to the women who can’t be bothered to lose their baby weight, to the moms who are completely fine walking out the door to meet with friends while piles of unwashed dishes and laundry sit at home.

She just gets it, right? Hall says the things many of us are feeling or doing and feeling guilty about — but shouldn’t feel guilty about. We’ve got to cut all moms some slack and give ourselves a break. Because if we’re not taken care of, who’s going to take care of everyone else?