When we had our daughter 7 years ago, the internet was fairly new. We would feel a thrill at the very words "you've got mail". We didn't have the window into other people's lives that we have now.
Keeping up with the Joneses just got a little more complicated.
I recently heard friends talking about how "everyone looks so happy on Facebook." We all look happy on Facebook. We sometimes can edit our life on social media, even unconsciously, to look like the quintessential storefront window. Only putting on display that which is pleasing to the eye.
However, for the new Mother it can feel like the bar has been set too high. When we set out on the journey of new Motherhood, it is easy to get lost in comparing ourselves to others. We are constantly filling our mind with images of "perfectness" that don't necessarily tell the entire story.
As much time as we spend watching how everyone else is "doing life", we need to remind ourselves that we are all tired. We are all struggling through the day. We all have anxiety about choices we make rearing our children.
Social media is a great distraction when you are feeding the baby in the middle of the night, or have a rare moment to yourself. It allows us to connect with people we care about, near and far. It is important to keep it all in perspective. Don't measure yourself by someone else's perfect moments.
Make the conscience choice to believe that you are doing your best for your child. Have confidence. Be peaceful in your parenting journey.