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11 Totally Shameless Mom Habits

By Ellen Seidman |

The last time you saw your sense of shame, you were lying on a gurney in the delivery room and a group of people were hunched over your privates. Ever since, you’ve grown bolder. More uninhibited. More… desperate. You say and do shameless stuff, especially around your kids, that you never imagined you had in you.

Of course, there’s also the fact that you are tired and not always rational. Some days, you will do anything to get your kids to behave/eat/sleep/leave you in peace. Some days, you will do anything just to get by.

These are the tactics plenty of us moms resort to. Not proudly. But, heck, they’re good.

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11 Totally Shameless Mom Habits

Cereal Killer Instincts

Nobody would ever know it to look at you but inside your body lurks a vacuum cleaner, ready to suck up whatever food the kids don't finish—Cheerios, mac 'n cheese, the cake part of the cupcake. Because you're somehow doing the environment good (right? RIGHT?!) and—wait for it—those calories don't count! Slurp.

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6 thoughts on “11 Totally Shameless Mom Habits

  1. nicole j sullivan says:

    omg. i so love it. and in a way, a lot of them make me feel like i’m not that bad of a mother.. if it made this post then others do it to!

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  3. Annette says:

    I totally agree! This is an awsome post, i know i have done many of these myself and with Baby #2 due this month i just see it happening more. Glad to see i’m not the only one!

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  5. SARAH says:

    I love them all except for putting ur kids to bed early. I do not know WHO taught them this but my kids will not go to bed early because ITS STILL LIGHT OUTSIDE!!!! i will maim the person who taught them this. My four year old wont even take naps because of this rule. grrrrrrrr

  6. Ayana says:

    “You’re ticked off at your husband for not volunteering to drive your kid to soccer practice. “Daddy couldn’t drive you to soccer today,” you tell your tot, “but I will!” You might be bringing on years of therapy but still. SO satisfying.”
    No no no, never ever ever. I seriously think this is one of the worst things you can do (and certainly the worst on this list), it seems particularly popular with divorced parents. There is never a reason to bring that sort of thing on your child.

    “If you don’t stop crying, we’re going home!”
    No. If I say that, I mean it. It is called discipline.

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