What if there was Life Alert for MOMS? | Mama Alert
Oh joy, it’s 4pm. My toddler is FULL of energy and my tank is on empty (we’re talking I’ve ignored the dashboard light for an extra 22 miles EMPTY). I just want the day to be over. This episode of SchloerBITS is inspired by that very special “witching hour” where children become Energizer Bunnies and moms become more helpless than the feeble old lady who screams “help! I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!” in those Life Alert commercials.
Ha! Wouldn’t it be great if there was Life Alert for mamas? Like a “Mama Alert”?! Oooooh! I smell another infomercial parody!
Think of it, with just a tap of a button you could be instantly connected to a service that would provide you with the motivation you need to make it through the rest of the day. It’d be kind of like life coach meets virtual assistant. Someone to entertain the kids, figure out dinner, and remind you there’s wine in the fridge and your favorite Netflix series waiting for you on the other side of bedtime.
My only question is, would moms ever actually use it or have we been too ingrained to believe that asking for help is a sign of failure? I know I’d probably end up thinking, “I bet Karen never presses her Mama Alert button” or “But, if I use Mama Alert, am I still a real mama?”
Yes, yes I am. Relying on screen time and food delivery is not a #momfail. We all have those days and we’re all just doing the best we can. I’ve heard that kids thrive with “good enough” parents. Seriously, my friend who’s a developmental therapist said there was a study on it and everything. We don’t have to be perfect. We don’t have to do it all ourselves. We just have to be human beings doing the best we can in the moment.
On a deeper level, asking for help in any form is not a sign of failure. I believe it’s a sign of strength and maturity. I mean, if I can’t ask for help, what message am I sending to my child? And I’ve found that giving and receiving help results is some of the most profound moments of human connection. It feels good get support and it feels good give it. When there’s an equal energy exchange of gratitude, shared understanding and connection, everyone wins.
So go ahead, press the Mama Alert button! (or just press play on this episode!)
Amy Schloerb is a TV, film, and commercial actress whose work can be seen on such shows as Black-ish and Criminal Minds, but not 1600 Penn (because she was cut out of that). When she’s not on the set of a network TV show or feature film, Schloerb can be found knee-deep in SchloerBITS, a comedic web series where she writes, directs, produces, edits, runs craft services and occasionally handles the pyrotechnics.
At home Schloerb has a collection of living things that include a husband (hers), an energetic maltipoo, a cat who is never impressed, and a toddler who insists that Cheerios are best eaten directly off the floor.