Now initially, you probably read the title and said well I don’t care if my child thinks I am annoying or not. I’m going to parent him/her and get on his/her nerves until the day I die because that’s what parents do. TRUTH! No getting around that. We are not here to please our kids. We are here to parent. And you’re not here to please me either. But in my years of being a parent I have come across a lot of different types of parents. Some that I love and enjoy hanging out with, some that I can talk to in passing but don’t necessarily want to hang out with, and some that I wish would just shut the bleep up.
Hey, I know I’m not the only one. And if I am, then tough.
Here is my personal list of 10 ways not to be That Annoying Mom. Just because you’re reading this does not mean that you’re going to stop right away, but it’s just to make you aware that you are probably annoying other moms around you. Just think of it as a kind, friendly FYI.
This is not to hurt anyone’s feelings. Remember that statement I said up there ^. Kind, friendly FYI. Let’s begin.
THE “INTERNET FAMOUS” MOM
We know you love your kids because they are the cutest, but I saw a picture the other day of a baby with poop all over him, just laying on the carpet. It had a joke attached to it but it was NOT funny. You have your non-mobile baby laying on the carpet with poop all over him just for a laugh? Clean him up. You can get likes and shares later.
THE KNOW IT ALL MOM
The fact is no matter how many kiddos you have, there is no way to know EVERYTHING. If someone asks you for your advice, give honest advice. But if no one asked you and you try to make it seem like your way is the best and only way to parent then you will be tagged as the annoying mom. We get it Tina, you know everything about parenting in your 9 months of being parent, but your baby is eating a crayon so Bye!
THE, I’MA LET YOU FINISH YOUR STORY, BUT YESTERDAY MY KID…MOM
Whether you’re listening to another mom talk about her kid or a non mom talk about any random subject, an off-topic, lengthy story about your child is annoying. We all know you love your kid. We know she’s hilarious. Wait your turn Susie.
THE PRIORITY CONFUSED MOM
Easy way to annoy good moms is to be a not-so-good mom. It’s ok to go out and have fun, it’s ok to have adult time. But when it comes down to it, your kids come first. They want to have fun too. They should be your priority. If you’re always dropping your kids off so that you can hang with a boy or leaving them at people’s houses longer than expected or all of your free time goes ONLY to you, then STAY AWAY. There’s a fine line between being a good parent and having your own quality time and only having your own quality time, ever. Prioritize.
THE MOM SHAMING MOM
Now y’all are probably like you just got done mom shaming. No I didn’t. I just told y’all to spend time with your kids. Mom shaming is when you make it known that someone is a bad parent because they don’t do the exact same thing as you. Parents parent differently. Whether you cook an 8 course meal every night or not, whether you breastfeed until the child is 2 or not, whether your kids are allowed to watch television or not, or whether you give them organic pop tarts for breakfast or not, they will probably turn out juuuuussssttt fine as long as you are love and discipline them accordingly.
THE COMPARE AND CONTRAST MOM
This one is hard. It’s so easy to look at another baby and wonder why your kid hasn’t done that yet. But some babies walk early and some walk late, some talk early and some talk late, some eat a lot and some eat a little, some will sit still at 1 year and some will not. As long as your baby is healthy and the doctor has no concerns they are probably developing perfectly fine. Give them some time.
THE SO…MY KIDS CAN’T COME? MOM
You may have to miss out on some events, it comes with the territory. Sometimes kids aren’t allowed at weddings, receptions, parties, brunch. Whether the planner is a parent or not, sometimes you want to go somewhere without having to threaten a whooping through gritted teeth or wipe up vomit or deal with a tantrum. Find a sitter (not every day) or stay home.
THE I DON’T BELIEVE IN DISCIPLINE MOM
I witnessed a child, about 8 years old, throw a full on tantrum the other day. Granted I don’t know the full story but this kid threw his Pokémon cards, kicked his mother repeatedly and punched his sister all within a span of 30 seconds and all the mom did was put her hands over her mouth and gasp. Discipline your kids people. My kids aren’t angels by any means but they also won’t be kicking me without some serious repercussions. Another example is if your child is bad and they break something that belongs to someone else you are expected you to replace it and you most likely won’t be invited back. Accidents are accidents but there is a difference between an accident and blatant disrespect of someone else’s belongings.
THE WOE IS ME MOM
It is a fact that being a mom is HARD. Probably one of the hardest jobs you will EVER have. No one ever said it was going to be easy and if you assumed that your child was going to be different from the millions of other children in the world, I bet you’re realizing you were wrong right about now. But NEWSFLASH, everyone has it hard, even the kidless people, and complaining is not going to change that. The most other people can say is that it’ll get better soon. But the truth is you get rid of one hardship and it is replaced with another one. That’s the way it goes.
THE OH I’LL BE THERE IF I CAN FIND A SITTER MOM
JUST KIDDING. This one is totally fine. Oh, I’ll be there if I can find a sitter. Meanwhile-never looks for a sitter. Yea there’s nothing wrong with that.
Hopefully you can relate to some of these. Feel free to comment your own below.