Chef, teacher, breastfeeder, housecleaner, chauffeur—moms play a lot of roles. And trying to do it all can be exhausting, which is what Jazmyne Futrell captured in a photo that’s now going viral on Facebook.
“Friends with no kids: ‘you go to bed at 9pm? Girl I can’t fall asleep before 11pm,” the 31-year-old mom of four wrote in the caption. “Mom friends: ‘you go to bed at 9pm? Girl I can’t seem to stay up past 8:30.'” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
She went on to say, “With four kids I’m way too exhausted to even think about having a life after dark and way to busy to go to bed at a decent hour.”
The picture, posted to her Facebook page “Mixed Mom Brown Babies,” shows Futrell nursing her youngest son Koehn, seven months, while she cooks dinner and helps her oldest son, Karson, seven, with what appears to be a school assignment. Her other son Karter, three, and daughter Kinley, five, sit at her feet playing a game.
Explaining to Yahoo Lifestyle that she used to struggle with postpartum depression, the California mom says she shared the picture because “there’s not enough realness on social media” and she wants to set an example for other parents. “All the other moms looked amazing on social media. Many times I thought, ‘Can I do this?’ I hope showing photos like this lets mothers know they’re not fighting their battles alone.”
The comments on Futrell’s post are filled with other parents who relate to the mom’s exhaustion. “I have four kids and my nightlife consists of tests, books, and lots of coffee,” one writes. Another calls it “controlled chaos.”
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