Stuff Moms Say

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Moms say the weirdest stuff to each other. Just met? EVEN BETTER. I have made friends out of complete strangers because of motherhood. Swapping recipes and parenting horror stories are just the tip of the iceberg! Does any of this sound familiar?
  • What’s your bedtime routine? Ours is a lot like Frodo and Sam taking the Ring to fires Mordor.
  • My kid will only eat dinosaur chicken nuggets or the McDonald’s ones that look like a boot.
  • Are you still nursing? What kind of nipple cream are you using?
  • Does your kid do chores? You have a chart? Does begging or bribery work best?
  • I like you. I like your kid. Let’s make this play date thing happen.
  • OMG. Let me tell you about my hysterectomy.

 
Who overshares more than moms? Well, our kids! They tell everything they know to complete strangers in the checkout lines of the grocery store. But we aren’t much better than them, are we? At playgrounds, car lines, public bathrooms, we commiserate with other moms. We love it because motherhood, as wonderful as it is, can be isolating. This sisterhood bond we share by raising tiny humans is pretty fun. It reminds me that we have far more in common than not.
 
I had an encounter with a judgmental mom at Target the other day. She told her kids very loudly, to make sure I heard it, that she did not want them doing what my child was doing. I think it really bugged me not only because it was rude, but because it broke the rules of our sacred sisterhood. It was unhelpful. Not to mention, she has NO IDEA about our story, our life and how far we’ve come.
 
If you aren’t oversharing with other moms, are you even a mom? What’s your fun overshare story? Where’d it happen? Was it with friends or a complete stranger? 
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Textbook extrovert. If there’s a stage, Jenny wants to be on it; whether it’s singing in church, doing stand-up comedy or acting. She has recently joined a cult called LuLaRoe. Her husband, David, is deeply concerned. Jenny and David, a pastor, are recently celebrating eighteen years of marriage. After years of infertility, they became adoptive parents of two year old twin boys in 2014. They’ve never been happier or more exhausted. Every day is an adventure. Jenny blogs at thefivestages.wordpress.com and has a regular feature in Tualatin Life newspaper called Everyday Heroes to celebrate those serving our community. She and her husband started a clothing line based on their story and you can check it out at bottlecapbadge.com. There’s nothing we can’t do with a little bit of love and a whole lot of caffeine.