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Five More Rude Things Mothers Do

The other day I wrote about the five rude things mothers do — most of which are unintentional and come with having kids and very hectic lives. Our readers commented with some of their own mama pet peeves, but many were inconsiderate things all people do. So I've compiled one more list of mum-specific offenses.

  • Shouting Out in Public: Hitting the mall for a shopping stroll changes when tots are in tow. Mums who never said boo before baby suddenly find themselves frantically shouting safety precautions, "Joey, do NOT step on that escalator — you will fall!" or "OMG! Where's Hannah? She was just right next to me. HANNAH? HANNAH?"
  • The Stroller Rollover: Size does matter when it comes to strollers, and since stores have aisles that barely accommodate them, it's impossible for a mama to see every foot or knee cap that is in the way when she swings the buggy around to make an exit. Unfortunately and unintentionally, a stranger's toe occasionally falls victim to the rubber wheel.

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  • Talk, Talk, Talk About Their Tots: Once a woman has kids, they inevitably become the topic of chit chat. What can possibly top having created human beings?
  • Hold Up the Line: Whether mom's in the bathroom stall or the dressing room, peeing and slipping into clothes with an entourage takes a bit longer — especially when the kiddos expect to be entertained.
  • Are Tardy: Getting out the door suddenly takes a little or a lot longer. Last-minute diaper blowouts, spit-up stains, and tot tantrums can set mamas back no matter how much time they've allotted.

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hausfrau hausfrau 6 years
I think 90% is pretty optimistic. I bet its closer to 60%.
SuzieQ3417 SuzieQ3417 6 years
Wow...these comments have taken a decidedly negative tone. I would just like to say that, although I don't have kids (yet), it's a lot easier to remember the few bad parents who can't control their kids than all of great parents who teach manners and respect for others. I bet if we all looked around a restaurant or grocery store and actually observed all of the families, we would see that 90% (or more!) of the kids are well behaved. But it's a lot easier to remember that brat who disrupts your whole meal, isn't it? I always think of this when you hear people complain about having to board a plane where someone is bringing a baby. You can just see people roll their eyes sometimes thinking about how awful the flight will be because some infant/toddler will be screaming the whole time - but actually, most babies and kids are pretty quiet on planes...so quiet that we forget they're even there unless we're sitting right next to them. I think most parents are doing a great job, and that sometimes even the most well-behaved kid will have a meltdown that can't be controlled. Maybe instead of complaining about the few rotten apples, we should be praising the majority who are raising great kids.
SuzieQ3417 SuzieQ3417 6 years
Wow...these comments have taken a decidedly negative tone. I would just like to say that, although I don't have kids (yet), it's a lot easier to remember the few bad parents who can't control their kids than all of great parents who teach manners and respect for others. I bet if we all looked around a restaurant or grocery store and actually observed all of the families, we would see that 90% (or more!) of the kids are well behaved. But it's a lot easier to remember that brat who disrupts your whole meal, isn't it? I always think of this when you hear people complain about having to board a plane where someone is bringing a baby. You can just see people roll their eyes sometimes thinking about how awful the flight will be because some infant/toddler will be screaming the whole time - but actually, most babies and kids are pretty quiet on planes...so quiet that we forget they're even there unless we're sitting right next to them. I think most parents are doing a great job, and that sometimes even the most well-behaved kid will have a meltdown that can't be controlled. Maybe instead of complaining about the few rotten apples, we should be praising the majority who are raising great kids.
CoralAmber CoralAmber 6 years
I don't like it when I'm at a restaurant at 9 or 10 at night and someone comes in with their kids. The kids are tired and cranky and should be in bed. Don't force them to hang out in a restaurant for over an hour just so you can eat out. Get some take out and get your kids to bed. Most of the time I think parents are just preoccupied and don't notice everything. One time when I was out to eat a lady had her baby with her in the stroller. When she went to feed the baby she took a coaster it was playing with out of it's hand. The kid, no longer distracted, started getting fussy and crying. After a few minutes I started shaking a cup with crayons in it to make a odd noise to distract her. It totally did the trick and the mom was thanking me profusely. All she had to do was pay attention to why the baby was upset and let the kid play with a coaster while she fed it.
CoralAmber CoralAmber 6 years
I don't like it when I'm at a restaurant at 9 or 10 at night and someone comes in with their kids. The kids are tired and cranky and should be in bed. Don't force them to hang out in a restaurant for over an hour just so you can eat out. Get some take out and get your kids to bed.Most of the time I think parents are just preoccupied and don't notice everything. One time when I was out to eat a lady had her baby with her in the stroller. When she went to feed the baby she took a coaster it was playing with out of it's hand. The kid, no longer distracted, started getting fussy and crying. After a few minutes I started shaking a cup with crayons in it to make a odd noise to distract her. It totally did the trick and the mom was thanking me profusely. All she had to do was pay attention to why the baby was upset and let the kid play with a coaster while she fed it.
hausfrau hausfrau 6 years
Amen Mich! On a side note, whenever I see a parent actually acknowledge the bad behavior and try to discipline their kid I just want to run up to them and say GOOD JOB!!! But I think they might think I'm being obnoxious so I don't.... :)
hausfrau hausfrau 6 years
Amen Mich!On a side note, whenever I see a parent actually acknowledge the bad behavior and try to discipline their kid I just want to run up to them and say GOOD JOB!!!But I think they might think I'm being obnoxious so I don't.... :)
sham28 sham28 6 years
I was waiting to order salad off of the food line at a cafe and there was a 6-7 year old little girl and her mother behind me- the girl had some sort of screeching light- up ball that really was the loudest, most high- pitched thing I'd ever heard! The second the noise stopped she would smack it against something again to make it start screaming AGAIN. Her mom was just texting someone and not paying any attention, I guess she had blocked out the noise. I even fake coughed really loudly to make sure she wasn't deaf, she looked up so she wasn't. After 4 rounds of screeching I finally burst out with "OKAY SWEETIE can this please be the last time?" And her mom said "yeah, Sarah, put it away." I was shocked that she didn't seem concerned with how F- ing annoying her child was being! I don't blame the kid in that scenario, I blame the parent/ parenting.
Michelann Michelann 6 years
When children are running wild or screaming or generally acting out in a store, restaurant, or other public place, I think the problem is not the child itself (who is just being a kid, after all) but the parents who do nothing to control it. Obviously these things are going to happen, and most parents are apologetic and do what they can not to inconvenience or annoy other people. That is not rude, that is just life. But when a parent completely ignores their child while they run through the aisles of the grocery store or scream at the top of their lungs in a restaurant, that is rude.
Michelann Michelann 6 years
When children are running wild or screaming or generally acting out in a store, restaurant, or other public place, I think the problem is not the child itself (who is just being a kid, after all) but the parents who do nothing to control it. Obviously these things are going to happen, and most parents are apologetic and do what they can not to inconvenience or annoy other people. That is not rude, that is just life. But when a parent completely ignores their child while they run through the aisles of the grocery store or scream at the top of their lungs in a restaurant, that is rude.
momma-tikita momma-tikita 6 years
"don't breed"? ouch. I hope when you have kids they are saints. Before my daughter turned three she was an "angel". As soon as she got her own voice she became more vocal, confused, frustrated, annoyed, and every other emotion you can name. That's kids for you... I'm sure every parent here teaches their kids how to act when in a public place but I know for a fact that not every kid is going to behave and listen...and there are DEFINETLY times where we just give up for the moment to NOT get a headache. What's with the word "hate" too? I can't believe how much its being used in a post about mothers and kids!!! Also being late and using the kid as an excuse really depends on the person. I'm the type that sucks at time management and my son LOVES to run around the house naked while I TRY to dress him. So I confess I'm one...I give props to the mothers who make it to everything on time :)
momma-tikita momma-tikita 6 years
"don't breed"? ouch. I hope when you have kids they are saints. Before my daughter turned three she was an "angel". As soon as she got her own voice she became more vocal, confused, frustrated, annoyed, and every other emotion you can name. That's kids for you...I'm sure every parent here teaches their kids how to act when in a public place but I know for a fact that not every kid is going to behave and listen...and there are DEFINETLY times where we just give up for the moment to NOT get a headache. What's with the word "hate" too? I can't believe how much its being used in a post about mothers and kids!!! Also being late and using the kid as an excuse really depends on the person. I'm the type that sucks at time management and my son LOVES to run around the house naked while I TRY to dress him. So I confess I'm one...I give props to the mothers who make it to everything on time :)
Chouette4u Chouette4u 6 years
Jeez, my daughter is pretty well behaved so far (knock on wood), but there are some kids who are just going to be "spirited" or naughty sometimes no matter how they are parented. Some of these kids have autism or other disorders, but some kids are just "normal" handfuls. I guess you could argue that if you beat your kid whenever they whine or have a fit they'll stop doing it, but that's also child abuse. Part of being a human is living among other humans, and some of them are kids, and some of them occasionally misbehave for whatever reason. And I guess we could all "stop breeding" and we wouldn't have that problem anymore.
Chouette4u Chouette4u 6 years
Jeez, my daughter is pretty well behaved so far (knock on wood), but there are some kids who are just going to be "spirited" or naughty sometimes no matter how they are parented. Some of these kids have autism or other disorders, but some kids are just "normal" handfuls. I guess you could argue that if you beat your kid whenever they whine or have a fit they'll stop doing it, but that's also child abuse. Part of being a human is living among other humans, and some of them are kids, and some of them occasionally misbehave for whatever reason. And I guess we could all "stop breeding" and we wouldn't have that problem anymore.
lickety-split lickety-split 6 years
1-so you would have been less rude if you had known my daughter had autism? doubt it. 2-and yes, my 3 kids were all with me. all children need to eat. 3-not sure how telling the cashier to address the issue of candy at eye level for children was rude to the cashier, but whatever. 4-grocery stores are trying to rip off parents by placing items like kid videos, balloons and candy where you are REQUIRED to pay for your items. they are hoping that parents will be embarassed into buying the items rather than have their kid pitch a fit. anyone who has a kid over 3 knows that at some point YOU KID is going to be the one pitching a fit. so if grocery stores want to play that game i'll play too :kiss: with my own rules. put that crap somewhere else.
lickety-split lickety-split 6 years
1-so you would have been less rude if you had known my daughter had autism? doubt it.2-and yes, my 3 kids were all with me. all children need to eat. 3-not sure how telling the cashier to address the issue of candy at eye level for children was rude to the cashier, but whatever. 4-grocery stores are trying to rip off parents by placing items like kid videos, balloons and candy where you are REQUIRED to pay for your items. they are hoping that parents will be embarassed into buying the items rather than have their kid pitch a fit. anyone who has a kid over 3 knows that at some point YOU KID is going to be the one pitching a fit. so if grocery stores want to play that game i'll play too :kiss: with my own rules. put that crap somewhere else.
kurniakasih kurniakasih 6 years
ITA with you Choutte, I always started things earlier too (preparing my son and all) when I'm due somewhere. Having a kid isn't exactly an excuse for being late all the time. But I don't know if it's rude or not, but when my son got sick, all plans of getting-together (with other families) is off-the-table. For example, this weekend we're going to go see the Peonies show but my son has been having this high fever and it seems that he's going down with a cold for the next few days. I'd probably have to cancel the plan tomorrow if he's not doing too well. Yeah, canceling plans due to unexpected circumstances sux especially when we've planned for it for a few weeks already. :(
kurniakasih kurniakasih 6 years
ITA with you Choutte, I always started things earlier too (preparing my son and all) when I'm due somewhere. Having a kid isn't exactly an excuse for being late all the time.But I don't know if it's rude or not, but when my son got sick, all plans of getting-together (with other families) is off-the-table. For example, this weekend we're going to go see the Peonies show but my son has been having this high fever and it seems that he's going down with a cold for the next few days. I'd probably have to cancel the plan tomorrow if he's not doing too well. Yeah, canceling plans due to unexpected circumstances sux especially when we've planned for it for a few weeks already. :(
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