The Kids

You Might Be A Mean Mom If….


I don’t know about you, but I’ve been told that I’m a mean mom more times than I can count. And I don’t mean by a 5-year-old who’s throwing a temper tantrum. I’m talking since the beginning of my time as a mother until this very day, which spans more than twenty years. Sure, they say it less and less as they get older, but even as teenagers, there’s still an occasional, “God, you’re so mean,” or “Why do you have to be so mean?” I try to explain to these young people that my tendency to be mean is for their own good, but of course, you can’t tell teenagers anything.

I’m sure there’s a little “mean mom” in all of us, but just in case you’re not sure if you’ve got it in you, here’s a few examples.

You Might Be A Mean Mom If…..

  • You’ve ever taken your child’s cell phone away…..for any reason.
  • You’ve held your child down to administer eye drops for pink eye.
  • You’ve made your child wear pants when it’s 30º when he really wanted to wear shorts.
  • You’ve demanded that your child get out of bed and get ready for school RIGHT NOW!
  • You’ve sighed loudly when your child interrupts you for the tenth time.
  • You’ve posted a picture of your teenage child on Facebook that embarrassed her (just for the record, EVERY picture of a teenage child taken by their parents is embarrassing).
  • You’ve grounded your child from online gaming for failing grades.
  • You’ve refused to give your child more money to waste on candy.
  • You’ve asked your child several times to do his homework and finally yell, “DO YOUR HOMEWORK NOW!”
  • You’ve woken your child before noon on a Saturday.
  • You’ve told your child he smells and to go take a shower and put deodorant on.
  • You’ve insisted your child wear regular shoes and not flip-flops after the first snowfall of the winter season.
  • You’ve ever told your child she cannot dye her hair green.
  • You’ve ever uttered the phrase, “Well, I don’t care what so-and-so does. I’m not her mother.”
  • You’ve ever made your child re-do a writing assignment because they used the word “very” repeatedly to meet word count.
  • You’ve asked your child for privacy when you’re in the bathroom.
  • You’ve ever made your child do chores.

The list goes on and on, but if you are nodding your head at some of the things on this list, then you’re definitely a mean mom. I guess it’s all part of the motherhood game – if you’re not ticking a kid off once in a while, you’re not doing your job.

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