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The Top 10 Mom Clichés That Are Totally True

by | Jan 25, 2021 | 18 comments

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Nobody likes being cliched, but when it comes to motherhood, we can’t help but fall into certain stereotypes and mom cliches.

How many times during your pregnancy did you say to yourself or someone else, “Oh, I’m not going to be THAT mom!”?

Nowadays, how often do you find yourself being that mom?

The mom eating a chocolate bar in the pantry or the one that believes crumpled-up pocket tissue is appropriate to wipe noses with – we’ve all perpetuated a cliche in some way.

The beautiful thing about motherhood cliches and stereotypes is that they solidify the idea that we are all in this together.

We all share the same universal experience.

I’m sure you’ve done a thing or two from this list.

Don’t feel bad!

The first rule of motherhood is that we do what we can.

And if that annoys non-moms…oh well.

Poor them for not fully understanding the importance of your child’s poop.

Mom Cliches That Are Totally True! (And That We’re Not Ashamed Of)

1. We Talk About Poop…A Lot

We talk about cleaning it up. We talk about its consistency. We talk about how proud we are when our little ones drop a dook in the toilet.

I was just saying to a friend recently that I am going to start a service for people who are considering having kids. I’ll call them on the phone, and they can listen to my daughter, and I argue about who is going to wipe her bum.

Then they can tune in as she shows me the toilet paper and has me check her bumhole for residuals.

I’m sure that would help anyone decide real quick whether or not they are prepared for parenthood.

If ever you felt squeamish about poop and other bodily fluids, you certainly forfeited your gag reflex upon entering motherhood. Perhaps it’s in this newfound strength that we forget that other people don’t want to hear about our child’s bowel movements.

You know what? Too bad. At some point, I’m making you sit through the video of my daughter waddling to the bathroom with a chunk of poop, causing her drawers to droop.

It’s hilarious.

2. We Wash Our Kids’ Faces with Spit

Who has time to grab a clean facecloth, or any cloth at all, when your little one has a little smudgy smudge on their face?

Not moms, I’ll tell you that much.

Mothers in the animal kingdom clean their offspring with their tongues, so what’s wrong with giving your kiddo’s face a little spit-shine?

Absolutely nothing according to science. Spit is actually full of infection-battling white blood cells – specifically neutrophils. The neutrophils that come from saliva are more effective at killing bacteria than from anywhere else in the body.

So maybe this relates more to fighting off infections, but that means your occasional spit shine is not putting your little one at risk at all.

Keep sliming your kiddos’ faces, mamas!

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3. We End Arguments with “Because I Said So!”

Arguing with a child is the perfect exercise in futility.

There’s a reason why children argue. They are developing independence as they begin to realize that they are a separate being from you with their own thoughts and wants.

However, they are still growing in their own little world and have yet to learn how to empathize with others and understand other points of view.

You can try to explain your point-of-view to a strong-willed child until you’re blue in the face, but sometimes you need to end an argument with, “Because I said so!”

Does this satisfy the arguing child? Of course not, but it definitely black-cards the conversation.

They may whine and complain about the unfairness of your parenting style – and life in general – but it’s the perfect phrase to use when you need to shut down an argument.

I don’t suggest using this phrase on the regular. At some point, you should explain your perspective. Even if you feel that your child is not absorbing your lesson, they are still learning.

But when you’re little one is getting on your last nerve, it is sometimes best to live up to this mom cliche and exercise your parental right to being right before you work yourself into a tizzy.

4. We Use Our Sleeves As Tissues

Much like spit-shining, we often don’t have time to grab a sanitary facial tissue when boogers are making an appearance through our child’s nostrils.

The choice here is one of urgency. Do you run for the Kleenex as snot streams down your little one’s face, or do you take care of business in a timely fashion by swiping your sleeve across their face?

It’s gross, I know. I once caught my child’s puke in my hands for no real reason.

As mothers, all logic goes out the window when we are faced with dealing with bodily fluids quickly and effectively.

We are running the risk of irritated and chapped skin, but a one-time swipe of snot streams is not going to harm your child. I would, however, definitely recommend grabbing a tissue before the next booger onslaught.

5. Our Children Are Geniuses

That’s right. Every single one of our children is the smartest kid in the world. It’s amazing how many kiddos currently hold that top spot.

Having a child awards each and every mother with automatic bragging rights. We grew them, we carried them, and we pushed them out (or had them removed, which is also tragic to our bodies). We nursed and nourished them and kept them alive somehow.

When they take their first steps, speak their first words or give their first wet-willy, we are on standby to take all the credit. We are with them 24-7, so how else would they have learned these things?

The same goes for their intelligence. Maybe we can’t take credit for their entire development, but you can be damned sure that, due to or despite your influence, they are the smartest kid ever to exist.

I’ve made friends with many mothers of hyper-intelligent children, and, also being a mother of a hyper-intelligent child, I’m amazed at how accepting we are of each other’s tiny geniuses.

Your kid could tie their shoes at age 3? Well, mine started walking at 10 months. That’s awesome! We are moms to really amazing kids!

6. We Sneak Junk Food into the Bathroom

I’ll admit, I’ve never gone as far as to sneak food into the bathroom. I’m fortunate to live in a two-level home. So when my little one is upstairs getting ready for bed, I often have to go downstairs to “get some chores done”.

By chores, I mean, of course, making a PB&J sandwich that I don’t want to share with her or make her one of her own.

We give our kids our all 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There is nothing wrong with keeping a little to ourselves. We don’t have to share absolutely everything with our children.

They don’t understand that, though. This is why we feel the need to sneak in those little indulgences by hiding out in bathrooms, pantries, and closets.

Just be sure you have a good excuse ready when you are busted by your kid.

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7. Two Words: Mom Brain

You know that realization that since having kids, your brain has effectively stopped working, and you are now as dumb as a stump?

Yeah, that’s mom brain. One of the perpetuating mom cliches that are actually founded in science.

It’s when you put the fries in the oven and forget to turn it on. It’s when you look relentlessly for your glasses although you are wearing them.

Mom brain is actually recognized in the medical world as a real psychological condition. Our brains physically change when we have kids to promote a sense of caring for our children.

Couple those physiological changes with the stress that comes with motherhood, and you have a recipe for a scattered brain.

Even though our brains will never return to their pre-baby state, they will change and develop in such ways that you will eventually retain most of your mental faculties as your child grows and develops.

That is to say that as your kiddo gets older, you’ll have fewer dumb-dumb moments.

8. We Are Obsessed with Coffee

Not just obsessed but completely reliant. Coffee is our fuel. Our blood. Our raison d’être.

There’s a whole Internet culture that thrives on the humor associated with moms’ obsession with coffee.

Our obsession with coffee stems from the complete and total exhaustion that has permeated our lives. Ever have a non-mom argue that she’s more tired than you? How hard did you laugh?

Being a mother is stressful and overwhelming. Sometimes we need to take shortcuts in order to make it through each day.

If that means guzzling coffee to keep our peepers open, so be it.

Feed your coffee obsession, mama. Whatever you need to do to get through the day.

Having children is like working a full-time job when you already have a full-time job but need a third full-time job to pay the bills.

9. We Know Best

We created and birthed our children and spend more time with them than anyone else. It comes as no surprise that we know what is best for them.

So we, of course, also know what is best for other people’s children.

But we should probably keep it to ourselves.

The second worst cycle to get trapped in by your child (apart from the argument snare) is the “Why?” vortex. At some point, your kid is going to question every response you give them and everything you ask them to do.

You could continually answer the rapid-fire succession of “whys” until either you or your child pass out from exhaustion – or you can shut it down with a simple: “Because I know best.”

Is your child going to accept this response? Like anything you say to them – no.

But much like the “Because I said so” response, it is helpful in shutting down unwanted conversations. The last thing you probably want to do is sit through your child’s relentless interrogation.

Again, this should not be your default response, and every argument and round of questioning is a potential learning opportunity.

However, when enough is enough, it’s okay to throw this mom cliche phrase in their direction.

10. Our Lives Revolve Around Motherhood

Everything we do has everything to do with being a mother.

We live motherhood. We breathe it. We sweat it. Our tears are comprised of our motherness.

When we talk about ourselves, we talk about being mothers. As soon as your little one is born, motherhood usurps your identity.

This can be a problem, however, if we define who we are based on being a mother. It can be detrimental to our self-esteem, especially when we are so very prone to feeling guilty and shameful if we don’t feel like we’re doing motherhood right.

Take a moment to remember who you are and what is important to you. Yes, you are a mom, but you can also be a good listener, a fantastic joke teller or an amazing cook.

You’re allowed to be many things. Just make sure you are being you.

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How Many Are True For You?

Come on, I know you’re guilty of at least one of these cliches!

I want to hear about them! The good, the bad, and the ugly! Drop a comment below and share your story:

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    This post was so refreshing on multiple levels! Thank you for giving humor to motherhood. Would love to read more of your posts. You have a good thing going here. Way to go single mom! Thank you for being you.

    • Chelsy

      Awww, thanks! You’re giving me the IRL honey glows!
      I’m glad you enjoyed the humor. If you can’t laugh at motherhood, you’re screwed. LOL

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    I love the booty call meme you posted because it’s so true! My son just shouts, “I pooped! I’m ready for my check!” Like I have spent my entire day looking forward to wiping his butt…

    Anyway, I think another one to put in here is ignoring a screaming child. Not that I do it often, but if my kids are giving me a hard time in public, I eventually just ignore their screams like nothing is happening. People give me the stink eye like I am a bad parent but, whatever. You try arguing with a 5 and a 2 year old about why eating fruit snacks off the floor at Walmart isn’t a good idea.

    • Chelsy

      OMG, so true! I had this happen once at Target when my daughter was about 1 and a half – screaming and rolling around under a clothing rack. The reactions were hilarious! Like, am I supposed to wrestle a toddler with the strength and agility of an alligator back into the cart? Wanna give it a try? LOL
      Thanks for mentioning this cliche!

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    I can personally verify all of these as a mom of a 4 and 3 year old ???? It’s amazing how we think we won’t do any of them before we have kids…

    • Chelsy

      Becoming a mom truly changes your entire being. LOL

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    Guilty! I don’t know a single mom who doesn’t live up to the stereotypes! And we’re all super proud of it! Lol

    • Chelsy

      That’s the funny thing, eh? As much as we should be breaking through mom-stereotypes, we end up embracing them and being so proud of them! I love that sense of community. 🙂

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    So much truth!!!

    • Chelsy

      I know, right? I even had my eyes opened as I wrote the article!

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    As much as I promised myself that I wouldn’t do some of these things….these are ALL true lol!

    • Chelsy

      Before I became a mother, I thought that moms who did these things were crazy!
      And then I caught my daughter’s vomit in my hands and it all started to make sense. LOL

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    lovely post for every mom , thanks

    • Chelsy

      You’re very welcome! 🙂

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    It is so true that my life revolves around motherhood. I think that it is something you don’t fully understand until you are a mother yourself. I used to think…why can’t my mom friend just have her husband watch the kids for once to come out…NOW I totally understand!

    • Chelsy

      Me too! I thought moms were all insane. Then I had my daughter and completely understood what it means to be immersed in mom life.
      Unfortunately, I still have non-mom friends still in my former state of mind. Can’t blame them though – it’s something you can only understand as a mother.

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    So much truth! Always use spit and sleeves ????????‍♀️

    • Chelsy

      It’s one of those parenting moments you want to hold on to for as long as you can – you’re probably not going to spit-shine your sixteen year old. LOL


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