It’s the day after a historic, game-changing presidential election. Social media is on fire. I won’t share for whom I voted yesterday; those who know me personally probably already know. But that’s irrelevant to this conversation because I am not here to take sides or share my political opinions. People are upset, outraged, and emotional, to say the least. People are wondering how this could have happened. How did America get it wrong? What do we tell our children?

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This is not a political post. That said, this election week has been crazy, to say the least. Many have been asking how we will explain it to our children. What do we tell our daughters? How could this have happened? I had a different blog post written yesterday but, after some reflection, decided not to post it. Rather than think about what this election may or may not teach my children, I realized that what my husband and I teach our children – our daughters – will hold more weight with them than anyone else on the planet. So, I redirected my focus away from current events.

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I don’t know when it happened, but at some point in life I became that mom. I don’t mean the perfect Instagram mom whose kids are always dressed and smiling perfectly. Or the mom with perfect hair, make-up, and clothes who can seemingly do-it-all, or even the Pinterest mom (I kinda hate the Pinterest mom). Despite my highly curated social media feed, I’m not that mom at all. Rather, I’m the mom that the internet sanctimommies talk about. I’m the one who I read about while saying to myself that I’ll never be that way. I’m the mom the internet hates. I’m that mom.

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If you’ve been following me on Instagram or Facebook or have read any of my previous posts, you may have noticed that I don’t post full-face photos of my girls or refer to them by their real names (publicly; I have separate accounts that are private). This was a conscious decision my husband and I made when I started this blog.

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