With the challenges of COVID-19 added to the everyday tasks of most mums, parenting in 2020 has been anything but simple.
So it makes sense that we would take advantage of anything available to us to make it easier - whether that’s technology, outsourcing, rewarding ourselves with little treats to keep us going or just avoiding things we’d rather not do.
Here are 20 ways you know you’re a mum in 2020:
1. You spend the time your baby is napping in the car, by sitting in the driver’s seat, scrolling through your phone or catching up on podcasts, rather than risk waking them by taking them out of the car.
2. You regularly use dry shampoo and/or colour retouch spray to get through bad hair days until your next hair appointment.
3. You put on an audiobook for your kids to listen to, instead of reading to them on the nights when you’re too tired.
4. You use TripAdvisor to check which hotels have kids clubs before booking a holiday.
5. You add the name of your child's friend's parents into your phone as “Mia’s mum”, instead of asking them their name for fear of seeming rude.
6. You send a message to everyone in your child’s class group chat to find out about what day the Book Parade is, or to check if it’s a mufti day, rather than trying to find the note in your child’s school bag.
7. You choose a playground to visit, based on whether it’s located next to a cafe.
8. Your favourite shopping centre is the one with the amazing parents room and free wireless.
9. You order Uber Eats for dinner right after your online grocery order has been delivered, because you’re too exhausted to cook.
10. You’ve bribed your kids with snacks and used continuous play on Netflix or ABC Kids just to be able to take a Zoom call without being interrupted when working from home during COVID-19.
11. You go to great lengths to help your child acquire small plastic objects from Coles or Woolworths to collect, instead of buying them new toys.
12. You consider taking the kids to Bunnings to be a family outing. There’s a playground, face painting, a sausage sizzle and they can push a trolley around - it’s almost as good as going to a carnival, right?
13. You use apps such as Chatbooks to print photo books from the thousands of digital files you have on your phone, from photographing your kids throughout the year, rather than organising them yourself.
14. You’ve booked a hotel room that is a short drive away, using a discount coupon deal you saw online, just to catch up on sleep or have some privacy with your husband.
15. You leave everything you ever need for a day out with kids in the car boot, no matter what season it is - umbrellas, buckets and shovels, gumboots, balls and cricket bats, because you know that the day you don’t take something, will be the day you’re going to need it.
16. You joined the gym because it had a creche, and instead of just exercising, you use the free childcare to go and sit in the gym cafe with a book after Pilates.
17. You get lunch in drive-thru and then park, so you can drink coffee or eat lunch in peace, while your kids are restrained.
18. You’ve paid someone on Airtasker to assemble your child’s bike or swingset instead of attempting to do it yourself.
19. You try to save money by buying a ready made cake from the supermarket for your child’s birthday, and then just decorating the top so that it matches the party theme.
20. You’ve had a wave of nostalgia after receiving an “On This Day” notification from Facebook showing your kids baby photos, and wondered if you might want one more (even if you know you’re done), and been reminded how lucky you are to be a mum.