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7 Types of Moms That Hinder My Sanity

By Meredith Carroll |

Types of MomsI don’t think I’m breaking any ground when I confess that I’m not a perfect mom. I snap at my kids (and by snap, I mean scream until a police officer in a neighboring county alerts me to reports about people’s eardrums bursting). I don’t put my children to bed at a consistent time. They don’t get outside nearly as much as they should (or as much as they ask me if they can; we live in Colorado and it’s a pain gearing them up in all the snow clothes each and every time).

Liz Gumbinner writes the blog Mom-101 and recently confessed that her kids watch TV. She’s hardly alone, but she probably felt like it, as I often do, because of all the holier-than-thou-and-thou’s-kid types out there who let you know that not only do their kids not watch TV, but they don’t even own a TV. No, they’re too busy gathered around the radio listening to NPR while knitting organic scarves to donate to underprivileged hipsters during their shift at the food coop.

It’s those types of moms who are a hindrance to the sanity of moms like me. Yes, I don’t try to succeed at parenting nearly as hard as I should. But I’m tired and, frankly, a bit lazy. I don’t need perfect moms around me as a reminder of just how imperfect I am. I look at my kids’ dirty faces, I hear their whines about being hungry (again!) and start up yet another episode of Barney knowing all too well that this is not a scenario that’s winning me any kind of good-parenting award.

The following types of moms are my natural enemies:

There are Plenty of Types of Moms. Some are Just Wrong, However.

The My-Kids-Prefer-Experiences-To-Gifts Mom

It's such a nice idea that you'll be able to raise kids who shun material items and instead choose to give the gift of creations or experiences. It's a nice idea, but such a kid is up there with unicorns and Diane in seat 7A in terms of realness. 


Still, there are moms who would have you believe — mostly because they tell you all the time — that their kids are perfectly happy not getting birthday or Christmas presents. No, their angels would rather give than receive. They'd rather do something than get something. Us? We'd rather not hear it. Partly because we don't believe it although mostly because just shut up already.


Mom Enemy Level: 5


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Meredith Carroll

Meredith C. Carroll is an award-winning columnist and writer based in Aspen, Colorado. She can be found regularly on the Op-Ed page of The Denver Post. From 2005-2012 her other column, "Meredith Pro Tem" ran in several newspapers, as well as occasionally on The Huffington Post since 2009. Read more about her (or don’t, whatever) at her website. Read bio and latest posts → Read Meredith's latest posts →

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2 thoughts on “7 Types of Moms That Hinder My Sanity

  1. Y says:

    This article is actually quite rude, spiteful, and not what I would expect from Babble.

  2. Amber says:

    Can I request a follow up article? It appears as though a few of these categories apply to me. Soooo… how CAN I make myself more approachable to other mothers? Ya know, instead of apologizing for it, or lying, or pretending to be less proud than I am. Despite my handful of “annoying” traits, I still have a good deal of mom guilt, and sometimes self-shame, and I still need a community of other moms who won’t be irritated by me…

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