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Competitive mommies: What are you preparing for the preschool Thanksgiving feast?

“I’ll take your two preschoolers, homemade macaroni and cheese, and chocolate chip cookies and raise you a pumpkin pie, cranberry sauce, sassy preschooler and screaming baby.” Says mommy #1 at the preschool playground.

Says mommy #2, “I’ll take your pumpkin pie, cranberry sauce, sassy preschooler and screaming baby and raise you a Godiva chocolate cake, roasted broccoli and sweet potato casserole with a 1st grader, a preschooler, and an energetic toddler.”

“Ha!  Y’all are crazy!  I just signed up to bring rolls.”  Laughs mommy #3.

Why do we feel so competitive sometimes to be the best?  Even when nobody else really cares.  Are the other preschool mommies really going to stand over your delectable homemade Gouda macaroni & cheese dish ooo-ing and aaa-ing gleefully saying, “Leah outdid herself again girls!  We might as well throw in the towel and give up.  She is the best mommy here!”

Have you ever really found yourself savoring that last bite of homemade pecan pie that Susie made, nodding with the other mommies expressing, “How does Susie do it?!  She chases after all of those kids and can still make a kick ass pie.  She really is amazing.”

Okay, some people do.  But we shouldn’t worry about it.  Just do the best you can, when you can.  If that means you’re going to rock out a killer side dish because you love to cook and you have the time – go for it!  If that means, you have literally no time in your day and your best is buying a ton of cookies while racing to get to the preschool Thanksgiving feast on time…you’re awesome.  Because you’re still making the feast fun and wonderful.  You care.  You’ll be there.  No matter what the other moms think…if they’re thinking anything at all besides what you’re thinking of them.

Unless, of course, you show up with wine.  Then you actually are the best.  😉

Featured photo credit: Flickr – arndog/inuyaki

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  1. Recipe: Delectable Macaroni & Cheese | Must. Have. Wine.

    February 25, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    […] This is the macaroni and cheese that I was hinting about in my post “Competitive Mommies – What Are You Preparing For The Preschool Thanksgiving Feast“.  And, yes, they were whispering about it!  😉  Mwa ah ah >evil laugh<  This […]

  2. Trina

    November 15, 2012 at 6:46 am

    Leah, loved this one! So true! We set ridiculous expectations of ourselves! I think of it this way. When I cook fifty amazing side dishes and desserts, I’m too busy with all of that and missing the real thing that matters; the smile on my child’s face as I get to join them at that party. That’s something Leah never misses, and therefore, making Leah the actual coolest mommy at the party 🙂

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