Instagram on Mother’s Day – Look away!?

March 22, 2019


Mother’s Day



Instagram on Mother’s Day – Look away!?


I’d love to say it’s peachy,

The best day in the world.

But Mother’s Day is rarely what

Instagram’s foretold.


It told us there’d be lie-ins,

A super breakfast… in bed!

With gourmet eggy soldiers made from

fresh warm homemade-bread.


They said there would be roses

On a beautiful sunny day.

Lamb feeding at the local farm

And frolics in the hay.


A heap of shiny presents,

Sat waiting just for you.

So thoughtful and expensive,

No sign of tape or glue.


They flashed us good behaviour,

With perfect picture smiles.

No littles pulling monster faces

Or bawling out their eyes.


But just because they showed you,

It doesn’t mean it’s true.

Behind that perfect Instagram

Someone might be shouting ‘I need a poo’.


It may have taken all day long

To snatch that perfect shot.

A lovely memory to look back on,

That hides all signs of snot.


So while it’s fab to have a scroll

And wonder what it’s like.

Promise me you’ll look away

If you start to feel like….. tripe?!


Instead, I say, just look around,

Embrace YOUR tribe with glee.

Your toast from Asda may be burnt,

*And someone definitely needs a wee


They’ve eaten most your breakfast,

Now you sit in a pile of crumbs.

Your wilted flowers forgotten,

As they shout out at the top of their lungs.


As you look down on their cherub faces,

All dirty from sticky toast.

You’ll realise that actually THIS,

Is the life you love the most.


So no more snooping Instagram

For what everyone else has done.

Be present in the moment,

Sit back and enjoy being mum.




Wishing you all a wonderful Mother’s Day and remembering those gone, but never forgotten.



Mother’s Day





31 responses to “Instagram on Mother’s Day – Look away!?”

  1. We don’t really make a big deal out of Mother’s Day but Erin is wanting to more and more. I definitely won’t be comparing our day to others on Instagram though!

  2. Talya Stone says:

    This made me laugh because when my partner realised it was Mother’s Day coming up his face looked ashen and then he said – you always cry on Mother’s Day. Enough said lol!

  3. I love this so much. It’s so easy to get bummed out by the Instagram perfection. Wouldn’t be Mother’s day without sticky fingers and a touch of chaos!

  4. Jenni says:

    Haha, brilliant! This made me laugh. I actually hate breakfast in bed. I definitely won’t be doing any comparisons on Instagram though.

  5. Yeah, totally this! My lot don’t make too much of a fuss as I lost my own mum a couple of years ago and so they tread with caution. But I always get breakfast in bed and lots of cuddles – and given that my children are 12 and 10, I think that’s pretty good going!

  6. Wendy says:

    Love this!! I’ll totally be avoiding Instagram on Sunday as I’m pretty sure m husband has forgot and my kids are too little to know it’s mother’s day. Definitely all about the burnt toast and snotty noses, but I’m totally ok with that!xx

  7. Lydia C. Lee says:

    Ha! I think you need to follow more interesting people on Insta if they’re posting about sleeping in – that’s not much of an interesting photo?? But yes, look away because you only get so many mothers days with your kids…good poem!

  8. Life is rarely like instagram in my opinion. Much more rough and ready in our house. Love this #DreamTeam

  9. Rhymed wisdom, my friend!
    Thank you!

  10. Rosie Doal says:

    Oh how this made me laugh because it is so true. I merely hope for a lie in and no housework! x #DreamTeam

  11. Laurie says:

    Perfect poem for Mothers Day! So funny!

  12. Kate says:

    I have spent so many years upset when my family have not made a fuss as my husband just seems to have all special days and does not see the point so does not rally the children either. But I have had home-made cards, poems, snuggles and giggles and even the occasional surprise chocolate bar from my teen son. And vitally I have them with their superb souls. Your post should be required reading for mums everywhere so we get a bit of sanity in this mad mad world #DreamTeam

    • Aww Kate. Thanks so much for your kind words. It’s a bummer when special days don’t work out isn’t it. And I do think that it’s often the mums that do over and above their share of looking after house and family that get the brunt of this. But having the littles is everything Hope you have a lovely Sunday x

  13. Tracey Carr says:

    Absolutely gorgeous Annette! I myself hold no expectations for Mother’s Day. As long as we can spend it together that is enough to keep me happy! I hope you have a lovely one too! #dreamteam

  14. Helen Copson says:

    What a great poem! And totally right, it’s a slippery slope if we start thinking even half of what we see on Instagram is real life! #dreamteam

  15. Great poem. Social media is great for putting a downer on things.

  16. A very fun reminder to be present on the day #dreamteam

  17. Emma says:

    Love this! I had a cold piece of toast and card delivered to me in bed at 7am, then had to share the aforementioned piece of toast three ways. Pretty perfect, but not instaworthy!! #dreamteam

  18. Crummy Mummy says:

    I do enjoy a scroll on Mother’s Day to see what everyone is up to – I hope you had a good one! #DreamTeam

  19. Kirsty says:

    Love it!! I did get a lovely gift and breakfast in bed, but then we took 4 kids to clarks to buy new shoes and I needed a bloody lie down! #DreamTeam

  20. Heather Keet says:

    I love, love, love this! Embrace what you have, that’s all that really matters! #DreamTeam

  21. Well said! Thank you, and I hope you had a lovely Mother’s Day, crumbs and all 😉 xx #DreamTeam

  22. Annette, you nailed this one! I love your poem. What a day, Mother’s Day is – like New Year’s Eve, rather anticlimactic and not quite real. I hop you enjoyed your little button and made magic, anyway. We have until May to give it a go. #DREAMTEAM xoxo

  23. Asttrange mother’s day here … one scrawled card and a dodgy tirimasu from the kiddies and busy mom lights up … #DreamTeam

  24. What a wonderfully written poem … and a good depiction of motherhood. Happy Mother’s Day to you xx #DreamTeamLinky

  25. ah beautiful & so true! Instagram is great for getting inspiration but we shouldn’t fool ourselves by other people’s seemingly perfectly glossy lives 🙂 #dreamteam

  26. Kate Holmes says:

    Right now if our children are alive and well we are blessed. Having said that I was really hurt not to hear from two of my children overseas on the day itself even though not Mothering Sunday in their country. My other son gave me a grunt! ‘ Reality and good to be reminded by your poem that every family has its woes and lack of perfection. Clever you to be able to do a poem too #DreamTeam

  27. Crummy Mummy says:

    It was certainly a Mothering Sunday I’ll remember this year for obvious (coronavirus) reasons! #DreamTeamLinky

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