Model and actress Molly Sims may look like she has the perfect family on social media, but the 45-year-old said that’s far from reality.
The mother of three, whose Instagram feed is full of adorable family photos, said she sometimes struggles with motherhood just like anyone else.
Raising her children, Brooks, 6, Scarlett, 4, and Grey, 2, isn’t always easy, she explained to Mom2Mom.
Sims said her journey to parenthood didn’t get off to a great start. Her first pregnancy resulted in a health scare, she said:
“Because I was over 35 when I started, it was already a geriatric pregnancy. I was like, ‘wait, what!’ You’re at risk. So that was just a little alarming when I first started.”
The model said she had gained 83 pounds by the time she gave birth:
“I had a thyroid issue… I didn’t realize anything was wrong until my neck didn’t go down. I ended up having a massive thyroid problem.”
Thankfully, Sims got on medication to control the problem and hasn’t had issues since.
She’s now a healthy and happy mom, but raising three young children at once is always a challenge — even if her social media pages look picture perfect.
Sims deals with crying kids on flights and potty training struggles too. She told Mom2Mom:
“I think everyone on social media tries to make motherhood look easy but it’s not…You have some easy moments and then there are some tough moments. You kind of have to weave through.”
According to a survey by Parents, about 67 percent of respondents believe that parents often portray themselves unrealistically on social media.
From photos of flawless dinners or squeaky clean kids, many feel that parents are putting on a front. One mom told the outlet:
“You never know what’s behind the photo, and no mom has a perfect life. Some are just really good at telling their story in a flattering light, and it’s very easy to do on social media.”
So next time feel like comparing yourself to what that other mom is doing on Instagram — try not to be so hard on yourself.