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The Mom Marathon: Have You Been Sized Up by Competition?

By nature, people are competitive, and moms are no different. Kids are often a reflection of their parents, so most mothers are proud when their children excel at something. But some ladies look at the successes and failures that come with being a parent as grounds for competition. From the playgrounds to PTA meetings, there are women who evaluate their peers. Have you experienced this?

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Carri Carri 6 years
My son is only 20 months so I haven't experienced the joys of school moms yet! I just can't wait.
stephley stephley 6 years
I've met so many moms who are so quick to talk about how many volunteer hours they've worked, how close they are to the teachers and then ask who I am again, even if I've worked the same fairs or field trips they did. It's intimidating at first.
lickety-split lickety-split 6 years
Yes! At the previous school my girls went to many of the parents over-identified with their kids. There was near hysteria over a low grade, and a minor achievement was broadcast for all to hear. It was weird to me. I refused to play along, which made me odd-mom-out. Changed schools and the issues went away. Seriously, the only one who cares about the grades of a second grader: should be the second grader. And don't get me started on home projects. Some of them looked like NASA expirmemts.
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