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10 Things Never to Say to a Mom

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    1. "You look tired!"

    10 Things Never to Say to a Mom This just might be the worst phrase ever. No good can come of saying it. Feeling like crap is bad; getting confirmation of it, worse. Let’s all permanently delete the words from our mental hard drives. (Unless you'd like to use it on your evil boss.)

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    2. "Do you work?"

    10 Things Never to Say to a Mom Whether or not a mom has a job with a paycheck is beside the point. Every mom works — the morning shift, the afternoon shift, the night shift, the wee-hours shift. We are cooks, housecleaners, chauffeurs, stylists, toy fixers, and butt-wipers. We don’t even get insurance or Summer Fridays, although there are some job perks like kisses and hugs. But please, don't ask if we work. We do: All. The. Damn. Time.

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    3. “You look like such a mom!”

    10 Things Never to Say to a Mom Especially intolerable when stated by a woman who is a) younger than you and b) has smaller hips than you do.

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    4. “Oh, my, you have your hands full.”

    10 Things Never to Say to a Mom Are you saying I have too many kids? Or that I look like I can’t handle it? Or that my kids are being bratty? There’s nothing helpful in that statement whatsoever.

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    5. “That top/dress is so flattering on you.”

    10 Things Never to Say to a Mom “Flattering” somehow always seems to be code for, “It disguises your bison-like shape.” Just say the top, dress or pants look good.

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    6. “If that were my child, I’d [fill in the blank]!”

    10 Things Never to Say to a Mom Yes, my child may be lying in the middle of Aisle 9, having a tantrum, and attracting unsolicited comments, but getting that comment from a passerby is enough to make me want to fling myself down and scream. Back away, discipline nosybody, and nobody gets hurt.

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    7. “My kid also went through a nose-picking phase!”

    10 Things Never to Say to a Mom It’s mortifying enough to have a child with a finger permanently up his nose. Could you maybe just pretend not to notice?

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    8. “When’s the baby due?”

    10 Things Never to Say to a Mom Actually, there is no baby in there — just baby fat, left over from the last kid. And if you stammer “Oh, yeah, people always ask if I am pregnant too!” it won’t make things any better.

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    9. “I wouldn’t let my child eat that.”

    10 Things Never to Say to a Mom Yes, I am aware that I am letting my child eat a non-organic hot dog and/or a Twinkie. It is not an offense punishable by law. Please keep your food cop tendencies to yourself.

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    10. “Glad I’m not the only one who wears mom jeans!”

    10 Things Never to Say to a Mom ‘Nuf said.

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