The Mommy Friend Commandments

There’s this unspoken mom code of ethics out there when it comes to establishing and maintaining friendships with your fellow mommykind.

The rules are pretty straightforward without a whole bunch of wiggle room. Born of basic mommy courtesy, these rules can help us all stay on the straight and narrow while protecting our most valuable resource - each other.

Let’s examine the Mommy Friend Commandments and feel free to add your own in the comments below! Who knows, we may just start a revolution Mommy Friends.

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  • I. Thou shalt always return the Tupperware 1 of 10
    I. Thou shalt always return the Tupperware
    ...clean.

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  • II. Thou shalt not judge the mommy friend who: 2 of 10
    II. Thou shalt not judge the mommy friend who:
    formula feeds, gets an epidural, vaccinates, works outside the home, or works inside the home.

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  • III. Thou shalt not crucify a fellow mommy friend for: 3 of 10
    III. Thou shalt not crucify a fellow mommy friend for:
    opting out of joining the P.T.A. or working the ticket booth at Family Carnival Night.

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  • IV. Thou shalt not steal: 4 of 10
    IV. Thou shalt not steal:
    baby names, nursery patterns, blog posts or another mommy friend's thunder.

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  • V. Thou shalt offer that frazzled stranger mom in the throes of an ugly public tantrum 5 of 10
    V. Thou shalt offer that frazzled stranger mom in the throes of an ugly public tantrum
    ...a word of encouragement but never advice.

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  • VI. Thou shalt never compare: 6 of 10
    VI. Thou shalt never compare:
    carat size, cup size, bank account size, percentiles, or report cards.

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  • VII. Thou shalt not say a disparaging word 7 of 10
    VII. Thou shalt not say a disparaging word
    ...about a fellow mommy friend's child or parenting philosophy to their face...or behind their back...but especially to their face.

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  • VIII. Thou shalt work tirelessly 8 of 10
    VIII. Thou shalt work tirelessly
    ...to preserve their children's clothing to the best of their stain-fighting ability so that they may be handed down to a grateful fellow mommy friend.

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  • IX. Thou shalt not beat thyself up 9 of 10
    IX. Thou shalt not beat thyself up
    ...for being a slacker mom on a tough day. Or an easy day. Or ever really.

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  • X. Thou shalt take the time to appreciate her fellow mommy friends 10 of 10
    X. Thou shalt take the time to appreciate her fellow mommy friends
    Thank that mommy friend for watching out for your child on that school field trip or providing you with those missing spelling words. Moms are better together.

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