Babble has a hilarious new feature on some of the Other Mothers you’re likely to meet as you go about the business of raising your kid. These are the women you’ll run into on the playground, pass in the halls at your child’s school and chat with awkwardly over coffee while your kids play together.
The stereotypes they draw on will be familiar to every mom who’s been around the playground a few times. I recognize myself in a few of them: the Schlumpy Mom who looks like she’s barely holding it together, the Slacker Mom who lets her kids eat cake at all hours of the day or night. I’m not those caricatures, but I imagine I might seem that way to someone observing me as an Other Mother.
To be honest, the Other Mothers scare me. They always have. I was young when I had my kids, and I never felt like I quite fit in with the older, wealthier, more polished mommies around me. Now I’m older and I live in a younger neighborhood, and I’m more likely to meet moms like me when I go out to the playground. But they still make me nervous.
I worry that they’ll think I’m a Slacker Mom because I’m not playing with my kids enough, or a Sanctimommy if they find out I’m a parenting writer. I fear running into Tiger Mom’s claws if she hears my kids don’t do any after-school activities. Most of all, I don’t want to wind up stuck talking to Perfect Mom, feeling worse and worse about myself as she humbly, almost accidentally, reveals how perfect her life is.
Reading this article made me laugh, and it helped me face my fear of the Other Mothers. Next time a mom makes me nervous at a school event, I can just smile to myself and say, “Ah, she’s being a Sanctimommy!”
What mom types do you identify with? Do you have more to add to Babble’s list?
Photo: Martin Burns