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12 Signs You’re Not a Mama Bear…But a Mama Llama, Instead

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There’s nothing wrong with being a mama bear, y’all – it’s instinct, born of years of evolution. We want to be able to protect our babies from any bad thing that might come their way, even though we know that’s an impossible task.

But what if you love your kids like whoa and would do anything for them, but you’re a bit more chill than a bear. Like…you wouldn’t attack someone on sight just for getting too near your kid and offering them a snack, but people still definitely don’t want to mess with you.

You might be a mama llama. Read on to find out if that’s you!

#12. Screen time is going to happen.

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And not just in emergencies, either, unless you consider “wanting to have a conversation with your spouse at dinner” an emergency.

#11. Free-range parenting isn’t a bad word.

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Scraped knees and dirty clothes are going to happen. It’s part of childhood, and you’ll be ready with the peroxide and band-aids when they get home.

#10. You’re super chill…most of the time.

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You’re big on letting your kids be kids, but that doesn’t mean you’re not watching. And that sometimes, your cool runs straight away.

#9. You let your kids fight their own battles…while you’re close enough to listen.

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You won’t always be there to jump in when your kids need help…but you will be close enough to make sure no irrevocable damage is done.

#8. And the same goes for sibling squabbles.

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They live together. They’re going to have to figure out how to co-exist and black-and-white stripes are not a good look for you.

#7. Your house is not the cleanest.

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Sometimes there’s time to pick up every little thing, and sometimes it’s all you can do to make it until bedtime. It is what it is, right?

#6. You’re not really social, but you’re not bothered by it.

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It’s nice to have a few close friends to share your motherhood experience with, but bingeing Netflix in sweats with a glass of wine is how you prefer to spend whatever free time you manage to find.

#5. Cereal totally counts as dinner.

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I mean, it has some of the major food groups and bonus, your kids can make it for themselves.

#4. You have good intentions, but aren’t big on joining.

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Your Pinterest board is as pretty and full as the next mom’s, but most of the recipes gather virtual dust while you run for donuts before it’s your turn to bring snacks.

#3. Your kids dress themselves, and you’re okay with whatever they choose.

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Yes, even if it doesn’t match.

#2. You’re cool with the knowledge you’re doing your best.

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It’s all you ask of your kids, your spouse, and of yourself. What else can we do, after all?

#1. You’re not going to sell those fundraiser packages…but you will write a check.

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What’s the difference, right?

Whatever kind of mama you are, just go about your day with a smile, knowing you’re a good one.