A picture burning up the mommy blog. See it from a mom fighting the cabin fever that comes with kids cooped up in the house on all these snow days. They look perfectly well behaved but there's a big... See More
A picture burning up the mommy blog. See it from a mom fighting the cabin fever that comes with kids cooped up in the house on all these snow days. They look perfectly well behaved but there's a big story behind it and ABC's Claire shipman has it. Reporter: Mothers with their picture perfect Pinterest pages blanket the internet but this not so perfect moment going viral, a busy New York mom posting this photo, two of her kids distracted on their iPad, one of them feeding their baby sister. Her message, it's okay to have a doing whatever it takes moment. For you -- Reporter: A multitasking mother of two can relate. In her new book "Hands free momma" she writes about her breakthrough moment when she realized she had to let go of being perfect. I knew I was missing the most important parts of my life and I knew I was going to have so many regrets if I did not change. How are you? Reporter: So she did. She stopped saying yes to every volunteer project. Obsessively looking at her phone and she spent less time working on her computer. She even burned her once highly valued to do list. My social calendar is not what it used to be, but I can go to bed at night feeling peace about how I spent my time with my family that I will remember when I'm 80 years old and that gives me peace knowing I'm investing in what is important. Reporter: And now other busy mothers are taking Stafford's challenge. You know, I want to slow down and not try to cross all these things off my list and I just want to enjoy whatever is going on in the moment with my kids. Reporter: The idea, it's okay to be a little less superwoman and supermom if it gets you a little more of this. For "Good morning America," Claire shipman, ABC news, Washington. So let's talk about this with our friend Erica souter from the stir.com and this shows how much pressure moms must feel to be supermoms. I look at that picture and say, okay, not that big a deal but she feels compelled to say, hey, I know I'm not being perfect here. The thing to remember is what it -- what kids need is different than it was 30 years ago but the age we're parenting in is different. There's no such thing as private parenting. They see everything you're doing so you feel this pressure to be the perfect mom with the perfect pictures on Facebook and Pinterest but the truth of the matter is, there is no such thing as a supermom because beyond those pictures you have tantrum, get into arguments with your house, you have a messy house and that's the reality we're hiding. So working moms and St stay-at-home moms have pressure. They both have pressure but it's different. Everyone thinks if you stay at home it's easy because you have more time. At home with your kids but the fact is they're surrounded by their kids all the time so they don't get a break. Working moms feel they're not getting enough time with their kids so they feel guilty and feel there's this pressure to be perfect when they are with them. My mother gave me two pieces of advice. Honey, you can have it all but not all at the same time and no is a complete sentence and there's a mom who wrote a book about that, no being the complete sentence. Moms have to learn to take time for themselves. You know for me in my building we have a group of moms, we have kids an the same age where last night I called crystal, can I come down and bring lex because he's driving me nuts and I need a play date. They played and we had a glass of wine and moms need a support group, to be real with and that's a saving grace for us. Dads too. Dads too. Right here. Thanks, Erika. Thanks. And now an unexpected way that may save marriages I
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