She is shedding light on the unique challenges mothers face in their daily routines through the concept of 'mom math.'
Being a mother comes with several challenges that have no handbook to refer to in case of crisis. Often moms have to come up with several creative solutions to handle all the responsibilities they come across. Cara, a mom of three, is sharing how mothers have to resort to "mom math" when planning their day in advance. She follows the current viral trend of "girl math" where women are ironically sharing their spending habits that make no mathematical sense. Cara tailors this trend to create "mom math" and accurately explains how she has to plan her day with children which might not make sense to anybody who is not a mother.
Her creative idea is to calculate time backward to know when you and your kids need to do what so you’re on schedule. Cara shares in her video, "Let’s say we need to be somewhere at 9 a.m. It’s a fifteen-minute drive which means we need to leave by 8.40 a.m." She continues, "If we’re leaving at 8.40, it means we need to load up by 8.30. If we’re loading up at 8.30, it means we need to have shoes on by 8.20," as she mentally calculates the time backwards.
The mom explained, “My kids take forever to eat. So they should be having breakfast at 7.15.” Again, Cara went back to the calculations adding that the kids need to be dressed up as well. Shifting back and forth between the timelines, she also added that her 2-month-old, whom she was holding in the video, would need to be fed in advance. She explained that while her toddlers were having breakfast and playing, she would feed her infant by 7.45 a.m.
Cara continued to explain that this was the mental math that every mom has to constantly do any time they wish to leave the house. All of it, just to go someplace even if it's 10 to 15 minutes away. She was stressing the fact that it’s practically impossible for moms to get out of the house with their children let alone by themselves. She ended her video by defining the mom math idea in a phrase saying, “Counting naps, counting snacks, counting potties… ‘Mom math.’”
She captioned her video saying, “Remember when we used to go somewhere and just walk out the door? Love the season I’m in, but I sure do miss that ability. The mental load of mom math can get heavy— it’s constant. There’s no break. So I just want to say, from one mama to the next, I see you.” Fellow moms felt Cara’s words down to their tummies, relating with every timeline.@crystalmeyo said, “You didn't calculate the meltdowns, the insisting on doing everything themselves (like buckling their seat belts), the baby pooping right before you need to walk out the door, etc. That's like extra credit math.”
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