Dear Daughter: You’re Going To Be A Terrible Mother Someday


My darling daughter:

sadmomYou told me yesterday, without the slightest hesitation, that you know beyond a shadow of a doubt that you will be an awesome mother someday.

You know this, because unlike me, you will be very well-versed on current popular music and have an Instagram following that numbers in the hundreds of thousands.

Or whatever replaces Instagram. I’m sure by the time you’re grown and have children of your own, there will have been numerous social media giants taking over, rising and falling into oblivion. By then, Apple will have invented Wi-Fi shoelaces and iBras, but there will still be no real cure for cellulite.

I’m not sure that’s progress, but I digress. Back to the topic of your someday motherhood. When you told me you’d be a great mother, I gave you an indulgent smile and a nod, and I went back to making dinner but as I stood there stirring spaghetti, I realized the undeniable truth.

You are going to be a terrible mother.

I speak from experience.

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Ellie is a parenting and relationship blogger, a full-time working autism Mom, published author, and frequently exhausted person. In addition to her blog, SingleMomtism, she is the author of “Yoga Pants & Pinot: A Practical Guide to Surviving Divorce” and “David And Me Under The Sea: Essays From A Decade With Autism.” She has previously blogged for Most days you can find Ellie slogging her way through the world of single parenting, mid-life dating and reinventing herself with a pop-tart in one hand and a glass of wine in the other.


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