After being driven to tears during a routine trip to the supermarket with her two young boys, Aly Brothers, a single mom, decided to share a selfie of how she looked in the car in the wake of the experience — alongside a heartfelt plea for understanding from those watching mothers struggling to reign in their troublesome toddlers. “This is motherhood. No fancy filters, no good lighting, no new lipstick. It’s messy hair that’s wet from the rain, yesterday’s make-up that I was too tired to wash off, and tears,” she wrote in a Facebook post. “Motherhood is HARD. Single-motherhood is HARD.”
While her youngest son “cried almost the entire time we were in the store” and her 3-year-old “knocked things off their displays,” Brothers endured the glares and stares of other shoppers who looked at her “as if to say: ‘can’t you control your own children?’” The worst part, she wrote, came while waiting in line for the cashier.
“One older gentleman whispered, ‘she’s pretty young for two kids’ and I lost it. She handed me my receipt and I cried,” Brothers recalled. “They don’t know me. They don’t know me as a mother. They don’t know my children. They don’t know I was married before I started a family. They don’t know I left that marriage because of abuse knowing I would have it just as hard as a single mother. It’s hard people. The glares and whispers and judgments are hard. Sometimes I can control my children and sometimes I can’t.”
Brothers’ emotional declaration struck a chord — it’s generated more than 40,000 likes and nearly 7,000 comments as her post swiftly went viral.
“If you see a parent struggling, if you see a kid throwing a tantrum, if you see a mom on the verge of tears … please say something nice,” she concluded. “Please don’t glare with judgement. And to all moms out there having a day like mine … I see you, I know you, I love you. You are strong and you are doing just fine.”
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