I am sad to admit that I am a Smug Mommy more often than I'd like to be.
I understand intellectually that people have different preferences and talents. I understand intellectually that I'm a little crazy when it comes to things like scheduling or organization. (I'm careful not to overburden Z and we've definitely left activities early when he's been tired or upset.)
But some things just seem SO OBVIOUS to me.
Like: re-packing the diaper bag once you get home. Or sewing labels onto jackets. Or setting up a household routine so that weekends are totally free for family time. Or a color-coded shared family calendar (that MoBob rarely consults).
When people tell me that they don't do these things I know I look incredulous, and that's not a nice response.
I definitely need to congratulate myself less, and compare and judge a lot less. And empathize a whole lot more. Instead of turning into That Mom.
I think we all do that to some extent. Ok, I guess I know that I do. I am not super organized, but I am proud of my ability to diffuse difficult moments and remain calm with my kids. It's the #1 skill I work on as a parent. Although I sometimes fail, I know I am good. I'm also proud of my ability to get my kids to cooperate (much of the time ) without ever using punishments or rewards. It's a lot of work but I think I am reaping rewards.