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14 Little Ways Our Kids Drive Us Majorly Crazy

  • Maddening Moments of Momhood 1 of 15

    1: Playroom cleanup

    Tripping on a toy

    Every. Single. Second. you spend picking up the eleventy billion pieces of games and toys.

  • Maddening Moments of Momhood 2 of 15

    2: Post-diaper change poop

    Post diaper-change poop You’ve just changed the diaper...and your darling takes a dump. There’s something about a clean diaper that’s irresistible. How poop-tastic.

  • Maddening Moments of Momhood 3 of 15

    3: Fighting for your phone

    Fighting for your phone

    Arguing with your child over who gets to use your mobile device. #annoying

  • Maddening Moments of Momhood 4 of 15

    4: Getting caught purging

    Getting caught cleaning Being spotted tossing out a piece of your child’s “artwork,” one of several hundred thousand scribbles on a piece of paper you can no longer store, and not knowing what to say when your child asks piteously, “Mommy, why did you throw out my picture?”

  • Maddening Moments of Momhood 5 of 15

    5: AWOL objects of obsession


    OMG! Sophie the Giraffe is missing!

  • Maddening Moments of Momhood 6 of 15

    6: Eek! You've become A MOM

    When you become your mom When your child starts giving perfectly rational counterarguments to what you're asking her to do and finally, your only recourse is to say, in a louder voice then you’d like, "Turn OFF the TV because I'M your mother AND I SAID SO!"

  • Maddening Moments of Momhood 7 of 15

    7: Listening to faux distress

    Listening to faux distress

    The whining. Oh, the whining. Where’s the “off” switch?!

  • Maddening Moments of Momhood 8 of 15

    8: Read. Repeat. Read. Repeat.

    The re-reading

    Having to read the same board book several times in a row night after night after night—perhaps the purest form of parent torture.

  • Maddening Moments of Momhood 9 of 15

    9: A dull playdate

    A dull playdate Getting stuck on a playdate with a mom you’re not that into (perhaps the second purest form of parent torture).

  • Maddening Moments of Momhood 10 of 15

    10: Dealing with food fights

    Slicing cake, pizza…anything Listening to the kids squabble over who got the bigger half of the cupcake/big cookie/slice of cake/slice of pizza/any shared food in the universe.

  • Maddening Moments of Momhood 11 of 15

    11: Public proclamations

    Public proclamations The day your tot decides it’s funny to tease you about your private parts…in public. “Mommy has a BA-GINA! Mommy has a BA-GINA!”

  • Maddening Moments of Momhood 12 of 15

    12: Getting guilted

    Forgetting your promise When you promise to do something for your child — say, buy him a goldfish on the weekend — and you innocently forget and he calls you on it with the words “You never remember to do stuff!” Dagger right to the heart! Guilted!

  • Maddening Moments of Momhood 13 of 15

    13: Mushball daddy

    When your partner says yes

    When you tell your child he can’t have something, and he goes and asks Daddy. Who says yes.

  • Maddening Moments of Momhood 14 of 15

    14: Hearing the "B" word

    Hearing the Three words: “Mommy, I’m boooo-oooored.” You have eleventy billion pieces of games and toys and you’re bored?

  • Maddening Moments of Momhood 15 of 15
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