• All I Want for Mother’s Day Is Some Peace and Quiet

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    I’m gonna be frank with you, all I want for Mother’s Day some good old-fashioned peace and quiet. That’s it. I don’t want to do anything that involves me putting on a bra because I’ll tell you right now I’m not in the mood for it. I know Mother’s Day is a few days away but I can assure you I’m already dreading the thought.

    And I know I’m not alone in this. Yeah, sure there are moms who want to go out and celebrate the day with their families, and that’s great – but I’m not one of them. My ideal Mother’s Day would be to spent bed with the covers to my neck, with hot tea, a roasted chicken sandwich, and the remote. I might binge-watch a new show (which there are several on my list) or I might watch Downton Abbey for the umpteenth time. Or maybe if I do decide to go out I want to go out alone. I want to roam the bookstore or maybe walk the bridge if the weather is nice enough. The point is, I just want to be left alone in solitude.

    Why do I want to be alone?

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    This past year has been a mess. Like families all over the world, we spent an entire year indoors. We did everything inside. Not getting a break from one another. It’s made us stir crazy, especially me.  Sure there are moments when the kids would do into their room but I still have to yell downstairs to them someone “knock it off”. Or go nuts listening to whatever AmongUs music Sierra has on loop. I haven’t quite figured out if she’s trying to annoy us all or if she just likes it – I think it’s both. This Mother’s Day, I don’t wanna deal with any of it for at least most of the day. I want to hear the low hum of the fridge, the cat’s claws tapping the floor as she walks around, my own thoughts – in other words, silence.

    If Jeff Sr. wants to do something for me then he should the children out. I’m always the one doing things with them while he works, and I enjoy those moments. But for one once, he should plan something just for them. I honestly cannot remember the last time the three of them did something without me. If I had to guess I would say it was before the pandemic. I had something to do and he took them to the park and to grab a bite. He needs to do that that not only more often but starting this weekend. Now don’t get me wrong, Jeff is no slouch. He was at one point working two full-time jobs. All he did was work and sleep in order to provide for us. So he had his reasons. But, as a stay-at-home mother for the past year, I’ve had no time off as he has continued to work. So to have the entire house to myself for a few hours would be paradise.

    Doing what I want to do on Mother’s Day

    If Mother’s Day is supposed to be a day we celebrate moms and a day when we should actually rest, then why should be I dragged up and down the street? Please by all means leave me at home. Now I’m sure there are some who think I’m crazy for not taking advantage of my husband’s open wallet, but the truth of the matter is, I can do that any day of the week. So if this one day a year is supposed to be for me then I want to spend it in a way that I want to. Save the overpriced meal and flowers for another day. Give mommy something she’s been dreaming about all year – quiet time.

  • Thou Shalt Not Break Any of These Mom Commandments

    So there I was trolling Twitter and I came across #MomCommandments. It was trending and I knew what it was before I clicked on it. I also knew that it would be hilarious and that I had to share the best ones with you.

    What are mom commandments?

    This is easy, mom commandments are sacred parenting rules we wished our friggin kids followed but they don’t so we end up screaming to the heavens cause no one ever listens to us when we say shit.

    Here are 22 that I know speak to all of us

    Thou shalt not get on my first or my last nerve

    What mom commandments do your kid(s) always break? All of them. The answer is, all of them.
  • Back-to-School Memes: Parents Celebrating The First Day of School

    *This post was originally posted on August 27, 2018, and has been updated to include the 2021 semester.

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    If you follow my Facebook or my personal page you know I love a good meme. I enjoy making and sharing them. A well-created meme or gif can be a hilarious way to convey exactly how we’re feeling at the moment without an additional caption.

    That said, it’s back-to-school time and moms everywhere are gearing up to reclaim their time. With the kids back in school, there’ll be more time for hot coffee savoring, longer naps, uninterrupted poop time, and more of doing nothing all day. Hence the excitement of moms and the following memes express that happiness perfectly.

    This one was mine from the 2017 school semester, yeah it’s a gif but you can see I was excited after that first-day drop-off.

    Here are some actual back-to-school memes and comments from around the web:
    (*FYI: I don’t own these. I’m just sharing them)

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    How things have changed from semesters past. While the situation is serious you can ensure the internet will make us laugh. These five back-to-school memes pretty much sum up what most parents (and teachers) are thinking this first semester back since the great plague.

    Do you have any favorite back-to-school memes? Tag me in them with me on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter @MommyRandR.

    *I wanna give a shout out to my homie Mitch over at GayNYCDad who gave me inspiration for this post.

  • Mom To Mom: Quit Your Sanctimommy Shaming Bullshit

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    Okay so check it, I’m in a mommy group and some woman posted a screenshot of a status from another mommy group. The post was from a mom who stated that she hated breastfeeding and was looking to wean her young infant before she returned to return work in a few weeks and was looking for support and help.

    You can already guess where this shit is going.

    So Ms. Sanctimommy Screenshot proceeds to shame this poor mom by stating, “Why does this piss me off so bad? And make me roll my eyes so hard? And all these moms saying how much they hate it, how inconvenient it is etc or the moms to be saying they have absolutely no desire to breastfeed. So you don’t want what’s best for baby? ???”

    Really, lady. Why don’t you do what’s best for this mom and…

    You know what makes me roll my eyes so hard? Witnessing a mother shame another mother. Like, why? What do you get out of tearing another mother down with rude unsolicited “advice” and comments? Does this somehow make you feel good about yourself?

    As a mother yourself you know how hard it is out here in these parenting streets. You got people up in arms about where and how we breastfeed, how they think we should look and if we should feel guilty or not for ditching our kids for some free time. Mothers (and fathers) don’t need some mommy know-it-all making snap judgments about our life.

    Here’s a tip, instead of judging a fellow mom why not put yourself in her shoes for a minute and think about how it would feel to be in her situation. Wouldn’t you want someone to offer you genuine helpful assistance? And if you can’t put yourself in someone else’s shoes or think your comments aren’t particularly useful because you don’t agree or can’t relate just keep scrolling. It’s that simple. Cause what you’re not gonna do is pluck out lines and flip the post to suit your holier than thou narrative.

    This mother tried it though. If she thought she was gonna have an army of backers to join her on her shaming parade. She truly thought wrong. I was happy to see the comment section rightfully rip her to shreds. One of the first comments on the thread pretty much surmised what the majority of the group was thinking:

    “You’re right. HOW DARE a mom make a decision for herself and not do what you think she should do. You do realize that mom shaming is generally frowned upon. If it’s not your kid, it’s none of your damn business and you don’t get any say 

    Ultimately, Ms. Sanctimommy Screenshot followed up with a half-ass apology and got dragged again. Some people never learn. But I hope others will pause and take heed. I want this to serve as a mental stop sign for a mom who is thinking about advising shaming a mom for her parental choices. It’s not cool. It’s quite hurtful and serves no purpose. So do moms around the globe a favor and cut the shit.