I've been a fan of Mama Merit Badges since the first time I saw them on Rookie Moms.
The idea, the execution, the attitude. It all rocks.
Had to travel on Jet Blue wearing toddler vomit?
Sucked it up through back to back cases of mastitis?
Had to flee the scene of a smash and grab on the spaghetti sauce aisle?
You deserve something, sister.
We've all had those moments when a merit badge would have helped us laugh through the pain or take pride in an accomplishment that only another mother could appreciate.
I think it would be really wonderful if people bought sets of these to just have on hand and then doled them out to friends, neighbors, cousins and sisters when they make it through something tough. But I also I say buy them for yourself. As an acknowledgment that you've made it through some pretty hard, scary and embarrassing stuff as a mom. I mean, get real, you know there will be more! Maybe a little reminder that you did survive an entire year of reading Going on a Bear Hunt ten times a day will help you realize that you're strong and able and, most importantly...this too shall pass.
I think they'd look awesome on a baby wrap or a do everything canvas tote bag. Me? I've been planning to make myself a strap for my new camera and that's where I want mine.
I'm lobbying hard for a Road Trip Badge. We're only through the first leg of the Trail of Tears Tour, but I think I've earned a badge for car seat nursing and not holding it together when my son spilled an entire strawberry smoothie in the backseat.
So if you think you deserve a little nod, or you know a mom who does, click the ad below or in the sidebar and give a little credit where it's due.