In a recent article on Elite Daily, the case was made for the coolness of young, hip millennial mothers. As I scrolled through the adorable Instagram photo compilation, I thought, yep, these chicks are definitely cool. But… they ain’t got nothin’ on me or any of my Gen-X ladies. Or any preceding generation, for that matter.
Every emerging generation of young mothers is convinced they’re reinventing motherhood, right? Don’t we all want to believe we’re improving on the gig? But we aren’t really. Motherhood has always been an intensely beautiful struggle, and staging a sunset-lit, filtered photo for Instagram doesn’t change that.
Riding a scooter down the street with your kid isn’t a novelty, Millennials. Neither is dressing in trendy clothes (when not wearing tattered yoga pants); living on social media (we might be old, but we figured that shit out. We’ve totally heard of Snapchat and Kik.); announcing pregnancies on Facebook (some of us old farts aren’t done having babies yet, because we’re brave like that); or feeding our kids organic food. Who do you think started that trend? Wink wink.
With all this in mind, here are a few of my own photos to demonstrate my undeniable coolness. I would love for all of you to post your own “cool” photos as well on the Abandoning Pretense Facebook page so we can revel together in our collective awesomeness.
Because killing it at motherhood is so not a new thing.