You know the situation where someone says something to you, but you aren’t sure what they said?  So you politely ask them to repeat themselves, but you’re still clueless.  So you ask them to repeat what they said again.  But still, you have no idea whatsoever what they are trying to say to you, so you just kind of chuckle and say “yeah.”  This state of confusion and slight embarrassment explains perfectly where I am at (and possibly where you are at) as a parent. 

The phrase “fake it until you make it” has taken on an entire new meaning to me.  Before kids, this meant winging a PowerPoint presentation at work, or debating underlying themes in a classic novel going off the bits I read on SparkNotes just before class.  As a parent, this means completely guessing on raising a tiny human being.  Our tiny humans are the future, so basically the fate of humanity lays on my oblivious shoulders.  There’s a whole lot of faking it, and no clear sight of the making it part.  You, too, may be living in this fog of parental duty if you answer yes to any of the following questions:

Have you ever tried to explain to a 3 year old what the human spirit/soul is without digging yourself deeper and deeper into a philosophical conversation that you really have no idea what you’re even saying?  

Have you ever argued with a 4 year old that he cannot have “bedtime chips,” because there’s never been, nor will there ever be, “bedtime chips?”  But that 4 year old insists on needing to eat some of his beloved, nonexistent bedtime chips at 2:25 in the afternoon, and this becomes a legitimate argument?

Have you ever experienced the intense frustration when your children spend their days fighting over one specific LEGO piece, so you get on Amazon and order multiples of that piece so the fighting will stop, but then they lose all but one within 24 hours and the fighting resumes immediately?  

Do you ever find yourself staring in the mirror, wondering when the vein over your left temple started popping out, making you now look as crazy as you feel?  

Have you ever Googled “toddler fed my dog baby wipes?”  

Have you ever Googled “toddler won’t keep his clothes on?

Have you ever said “stop throwing inside” 42 times in row, only to get smacked in the head with your son’s dirty sock?

Have you ever watched The Emoji Movie 3 times in one day?

Have you completely thrown out your pre-kid parenting theories and began to just embrace the insanity of motherhood?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions: Congratulations!  You are guessing your way through motherhood just as well as any of us! 

Being a mom isn’t easy, and it isn’t cut and dry.  Take solace in the fact that we are all clueless, even the ones who laugh and say “yeah” convincingly enough.