8 Times Moms Can Look Terrible & Get Away With It

ugly momHello, my name is Mary -- and I look like absolute arse today. Actually, that's being kind. I look like sh*% run over twice, ok -- and at this point, I really don't care. Yes, that's me in the photo. (Ain't I a beaut?) Go ahead and let the insults rip -- because I definitely deserve 'em.

Usually, the lack of makeup on my face, insane bags under my eyes, greasy hair, and frumpy sweats are something I'd yell at myself for allowing to happen. But not today. You see, I'm going on day two of being home with my son, who has the flu. Yes, the flu flu -- and it's awful. I've barely slept. I can't remember if I even washed my face this morning, let alone had a chance to shower. And even dry shampoo just isn't workin' for me today.


But you know what? Given what I've been through over the past 48 hours or so, I kind of think I deserve a free pass to look horrendous -- at least until my little dude is feeling better. Besides, I'm not leaving the house, so who cares what I look like?

Ok, I've said my peace. Here are 8 times it's perfectly acceptable for moms to look like total crap.

  1. If your kid is sick -- Yes, I'm saying it again. I can't stress this one enough. If you have a sick child in your house, all bets are off when it comes to grooming, personal hygiene, and beauty routines. Come to think of it, if you look the least bit attractive with a sick kid at home, something's not right.
  2. If you're sick -- Duh, see number 1 and then multiply it by 10.
  3. If you've been up all night -- Whether due to a crying baby, you or your kids being sick, or whatever the reason may be, no sleep = hall pass for ugly.
  4. Before a workout -- You're going to sweat like a pig. Why complicate things with perfect hair and makeup?
  5. After a workout -- You're sweating like a pig and your hair is matted to your head. Good for you.
  6. If you've done the ugly cry within the past 12 hours or so -- Whatever made you do the ugly cry in the first place excuses you from having to look presentable. It just does.
  7. After any sort of trauma or disaster -- This one's a given, don't you think? (And it goes in line with number 6.)
  8. During and after a power outage -- Have you ever been without hot water or electricity for more than a few hours? It's pure hell. And it makes looking remotely decent impossible.

What other times do you think moms deserve a hall pass from having to look good?


Image via Mary Fischer

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