Us parents rock, right? Looking after our little people day in, day out makes us all absolute superheroes. And you know what else? We’ve also got superpower senses.
Screw the cape and spandex: all mums are superheroes. Us ladies are absolute legends for growing, birthing, breastfeeding and raising little people. And you know what? We all have actual, real-life superpowers to go with our supermum status. Powers that are a bit like having a Spidey sense… if Spiderman was an uber-vigilant parent who got all tingly and web-slingy whenever a nearby toddler was in peril. Don’t believe us? Read on and prepare to be amazed at your supermum senses…
Your five supermum senses
#1: Supermum sight
You know how you’ve always got one eye on the dinner you’re cooking and the other on your toddler who’s trying to stick playdough in the power socket/lick the dog’s bowl/smear poop on the wall? Yep. Super-vision. It’s like supervision, but with added hero.
#2: Supermum hearing
We reckon our partners in life have superpowers too – and it’s called ‘selective hearing’ (aka the ability to fake sleep through an eardrum-bursting crying episode, grrr). Annoying hubster aside, hearing is a true supermum sense. You’ve got the power to zone in on your child’s cry from the other side of a crowded, noisy room. You’ve got the power to detect whether that wailing is a hungry, in-pain or an “I’m-so-tired-I-want-to-poke-myself-in-the-eye-with-a-LEGO-brick” cry. And you’ve also got the power to pick up the scariest sound of all: that quiet, solitary “oops” from your kid’s bedroom…
#3: Supermum taste
Guess what, Mum? Your superpowers even extend to the tiniest parts of you – including those tastebuds. Your teensy weensy flavour-catchers have Goldilocks-esque abilities: they know when the food you’re serving your kids is juuuuust right. You can tell if something is optimum temperature, passes the ‘too salty’ or ‘too sweet’ test and is going to be either wolfed down a la pig-in-a-trough or subjected to the dreaded chew-spit-grimace manoeuvre. It’s uncanny.
#4: Supermum smell
Not going to mince our words here: us mums can sniff out a fresh poop at 100 paces. Gross as it is, we’ve got a nose for the family brand. We’re also bringing our A-game when it comes to the sniff test – knowing when you can forgo a hair wash to maximise fun time, or whether you can squeeze one more wear out of those PJs. All hail the SuperSmell. We mean, seriously. Airport security should actually hire us.
#5: Supermum touch
When your bub is wailing louder than a banshee and in need of comfort, you’ve got the supermum power to hush them and soothe them like no one else. Even though our kids can drive us mad at times or push us away in favour of Daddy (is anything more heartbreaking?!), sometimes only Mum will do. The sound of your heartbeat, the smell of your skin, the sound of your voice…
You’re made of powerful magic, Supermum.