Society puts a lot of pressure on parents to be perfect, especially when it comes to moms. Decisions like breastfeeding vs. bottle feeding, homeschooling vs. public schooling vs. private schooling, and comforting a crying child vs. letting them “cry it out” have left many moms feeling like they can’t make any “right” decisions in parenthood, leaving them feeling guilty and anxious.
Mom-of-two and illustrator Jamina Bone is very familiar with these feelings, particularly after living through postpartum depression after having her second child. To help advocate for other moms who have experienced similar feelings of not doing “enough” or “doing everything wrong,” she’s started drawing illustrations that depict many of the honest, difficult parts of motherhood that are often ignored. Often captioned with “Still a good mom,” Jamina’s work reminds struggling moms that they’re not alone and what they’re doing — even if it’s not perfect — is enough.
Take a look at some of her creations below: