The following was brought to you in partnership with Wonder the movie. Wonder tells the inspiring story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters a mainstream school for the first time. In theaters November 17.
It takes a certain woman to become a mother - or so they say. But even you mothers who feel unprepared or inadequate have everything required to be the mother your children need. Somewhere along the way, you grow into motherhood naturally.
When you talk with other mothers, you connect instantly with their experiences that resonate with yours. You feel no shame with some of the things you do. Like sign up your kids for a sport they don't like (it builds character). Or call them out for lying to you (they should know by now that you always know when they're lying).
What other things do you do that make you a mother? If you've done some of the things listed below, you're most definitely a mother, and you're proud of it.
1. You help with homework you didn't understand as a kid
But somehow you're always the one finding "x" and not them.
2. You're a bipolar cleaner
Your urge to clean things rises in correlation with how messy a room is. But on other days, you have absolutely no desire whatsoever to clean the mess your kids made.
3. You plan extravagant birthday parties and trips, only to have your kids forget they even happened.
If only they knew the effort you put into their first birthday.
4. You fold clothes while watching some good ol' HGTV
Because you have to get in all the "Fixer Upper" that you can before it leaves TV. Also because "Property Brothers" is your jam.
5. You say you won't baby your youngest...
And then you buy them a smartphone three years earlier than their older siblings. And a car.
6. Going to the grocery store alone is a mini-vacation
No in-store tantrums? Pure bliss.
7. Because family vacations aren't the vacation they once were
You thought all those parents with the children on leashes were crazy. And then you went to Disneyland.
8. Some days it feels like you spend more time in your car than in your home
Why, why, why does soccer practice have to be in the opposite direction from the gymnastics studio?
9. You have an innate talent for finding your kid's favorite toy when it's lost
It's like a mother's sixth sense.
10. And an uncanny ability to lose things that shouldn't be found
The loudest and most annoying toys are somehow always the first to disappear...
11. You've been done with excuses for a while now
"You don't like your food? Oh, I'm sorry."
12. You treasure time in the bathroom like never before
You know what it feels like to be a mom. You know how it feels to comfort your children when they're sad. To take care of them when they're sick. To walk with them as they discover the world.
Being a mother may be your greatest challenge, but it's also your greatest joy.
One mom who isn't ashamed of all the things that come with motherhood is Isabel Pullman, a character from the upcoming film "Wonder" and played by Julia Roberts. Isabel is a strong mother figure whose mission is to guide her son through his challenges. You can catch the heartwarming story in the new movie, coming to theaters November 17. Not going to lie, the book is an amazing read, and the movie looks just as good, if not even better (watch the trailer here and get tickets to see the film here).