Ages ago, I had an idea for a vest for moms. In honor of Mother’s Day, I’d like to flush out this idea for you all. Maybe someday, it will become a real thing. If you’re the prototyping type of person, give me a shout.

What I’m envisioning is a vest to display our achievements as moms. Think girl scout type of vest. Granted, it wouldn’t be brown, but maybe a two-way sequin sort of thing, or whatever color suits your personal fancy. I don’t own any two-way sequin products, but my kids have them and they’re so addictive. I think if I had any clothing with two-way sequins, I would probably never get anything done because I’d spend my day flipping them back and forth. Sorry, tangent! Okay, back to the vest…

As moms, we all go through various trials, phases, experiences, whatever you want to call them, as our kids grow up. Wouldn’t it be great if we earned patches for successfully navigating life with children? This pandemic definitely qualifies for a patch, wouldn’t you agree?

Here are just a few ideas I have for patches you could earn, listed in no particular order:

  • Military wife
  • Potty training
  • Husband who travels for work
  • Tooth pulling
  • Cutting your kids hair
  • High school graduation (when your kids graduate, not yourself, obv.)
  • Birds and bees chat
  • Losing the baby weight (could be earned multiple times)
  • Paying for private school
  • Marriage – multiple patches for length of time…10yr., 30yr., 50yr., etc.
  • Paying for college
  • Teaching how to ride a bike
  • Homeschooling
  • Working mom
  • Stay-at-home-mom
  • Teaching how to swim
  • Mom of multiples
  • Adoption
  • Mom of all boys
  • Mom of all girls
  • Teenage makeup training
  • Child with special needs
  • Teaching how to drive a car
  • Device management (for all the times we check their devices for inappropriate content)
  • Empty nest-er
  • Breastfeeding
  • Navigating puberty
  • Disneyland (anyone who has taken their kids there understands what this patch means)
  • International travel (getting through that long of a flight with children is a feat in itself)
  • Pandemic survivor

I think the possibilities are many, here, but you get the point. If we were to list out all of our major achievements during motherhood and get some type of physical symbol of what we’ve survived and helped our children accomplish, our “vests” would be jam-packed. Motherhood is hard, no matter what patch you could put on your vest.

Mothers are unique, without a doubt. This Mother’s Day, I raise my mimosa to all of us. Despite what our inner voices may tell us sometimes, we are helping our children achieve major milestones, and we’re doing it well. Want some proof? Strut around your house with your patch-filled vest (okay, I know it’s not a real thing, but go with me, here) and show off just how amazing of a mama you are.

Happy Mother’s Day!


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