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Readers Admit: I Knew I Became My Mother When…

By Lori Garcia |

Some of you fear becoming your mother. Hey, some of your partners fear you becoming your mother.

Others of you would feel blessed to become your mother.

No matter which camp you fall into, you probably will become your mother at some point.

I have. Every time I tell my kids, “Stop crying or I’ll give you something to cry about!” I realize I am, in fact, my mother.

I asked you fine readers to finish this sentence, “I knew I became my mother when…” and this is what you said:

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Readers share how they have become their mothers

Young adults are still kids

“When I started calling 20-year-olds ... kids.”
via Tammy Cedar Photography

Your turn! When did you know you became your mother?

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Lori Garcia

Lori Garcia is a writer and mother of two living and loving in Southern California. When she's not fussing with her bangs, you can find her shaking her groove thing on her personal blog, Mommyfriend where she almost never combines true tales of motherhood and mayhem with her degree in child development. Read bio and latest posts → Read Lori's latest posts →

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24 thoughts on “Readers Admit: I Knew I Became My Mother When…

  1. Amanda Kettler-Morin says:

    Love to read your postings…. they are all so true, and I have done so many of them lol….

  2. Staci says:

    I am thinking I have all of these atleast once and many of them 1000′s of times…..LOL

  3. Jennifer says:

    I knew I became my mom when…I started licking my finger to wipe a mark of my kids faces!

  4. Jenn says:

    I’ve become my mother in so many ways, it is hard to count them all… the real horror is when (cue the psycho music) I go around the house turning lights off, bickering about the cost of electricity! Yup, I’ve also be come my father! I now know 2 things, (1) Dad was right, people who don’t pay the electric bill have no appreciation for electricity and (2) “Going Green” was started by Dads many, many moons ago.

  5. sarah bregel says:

    when i started screaming insane things out the door to my husband like “DON’T LET HER GET HIT BY A CAR! DO YOU HAVE DIAPERS? BE CAREFUL BE CAREFUL BE CAREFUL!!”

  6. Heather says:

    SO funny! I haven’t actually done some of these, but there are many others listed that I have.

  7. Jessie C. says:

    “Because I said so! ” I must have said this like million times.

  8. JamieAnne says:

    Love the list and I feel a bit famous now. Famous for catching vomit. Heh!

  9. Sandra says:

    All so true and so many more!

  10. Melysa says:

    When I found myself saying “please stop trying to saw the cat in half with that butter knife”

  11. Sylvia says:

    The mommy rock…that hits close to home. When I was about 7 weeks pregnant (and had not shared the news yet) a friend of mine said I was doing the mommy rock. I didn’t realize it and I figured she knew I was pregnant. I spilled the beans and then had her keep the secret for weeks.

  12. SNSinNC says:

    LOL Melysa – I get a kick out of all the absurd things I say now that never would have entered my vocabulary before like, “NO! We do not poke dogs in the nose with drum sticks!” or “NO! do not sit on the dog and hit her with a stick.” Our poor dog…

  13. aplaceforthoughts says:

    I am in the category that I would feel blessed to become my mother just so that I could know her. She passed away before I even started talking. Perhaps now that I am a mom I have become more like her but I can’t share an example of how that might be. I do know that throughout life others have shared ways that I am like her. Looks, the way I talk, etc.

  14. Laryssa says:

    This is hilarious! …and sad because I can relate to almost EVERY comment!

  15. Stacey Sanchez says:

    I knew when my husband starting pointing out the similarities… I didn’t want to accept it, still won’t admit it to him. But I know

  16. DMC says:

    I threaten my son before we go into the store to not even think about asking for anything.

  17. Vicki says:

    I found myself telling the dogs “No playing on the stairs!”

  18. Steve says:

    Well, I became my dad, so a little different, but I totally understand.

  19. Kathy says:

    They’re (mostly) all so true!

  20. Meghan says:

    Oh my hysterical! I “became” my Mom when I scolded my child by her FULL name followed by “what did I JUST say?!”

  21. razana says:

    so true. LOL and the fact that it’s similar across many cultures are even more amazing..

    i became my mom when i said to my kid ” Do I look like an ATM?” or “Do I look like a dictionary to you?”

    love my mom!

  22. Sarah Kate says:

    when I (the woman with no human kids yet just furry ones (2 dogs and 2 cats)) scolded my husband using his full name (including the Junior) because he’d tightened the lid on a 2 liter bottle that I kept the cats water in so tight it took a wrench to get it off!

  23. Hyman says:

    I relate to this list too!! I do the mommy rock!! I thought it was bc I’m a new mommy :D umm.. I pull over to soothe my 4 mo old- although not needed that often now.

    Poop! I know I’m a mommy: today I got poop on the end of my sleeve @ the mall during a diaper change- premommy I would’ve been mortified. Now? I rolled up my sleeve and was thankful my son fell happily asleep so I could get Xmas shopping done!!

    My husband knew he became a daddy when he waited in line for Santa for an hour over the weekend!!!

  24. Domesticated Gal says:

    When, at an adult’s party, I found myself in the kitchen, throwing the host’s child up in the air. Completely ignoring everyone. And the wine.

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