11 Rules Moms Make That Will Come Back & Bite Us in the Ass

Liz Alterman | Feb 29, 2016 Being a Mom
11 Rules Moms Make That Will Come Back & Bite Us in the Ass

woman texting and driving I was always a "lead by example" parent until, suddenly, I realized I wasn't. Who pointed this out? My kids, of course, as they caught me violating one of my many rules. Because no one wants to be accused of practicing the old "Do as I say, not as I do," I knew it was time for me to change my habits.

The following are 11 ways I'm (totally unintentionally!) setting a bad example. So, I'm sorry, brownies and hot chocolate, I can no longer smuggle you into my bedroom so we can enjoy a good book together in peace and quiet. It's time for me to start practicing what I preach!


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  • Texting at Stoplights


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    Being a busy mom almost forces you to become an expert multitasker. But it should never be at the expense of the safety of your family. Sure, it's tempting to type out a quick text when you're stuck at a red light, but you're sending the wrong message to kids. If you can't resist the temptation, stick the phone where it will be (safely) out of reach.

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  • Swearing


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    Yes, dropping that jar of applesauce on my foot hurt like a m*therf*cker, but that doesn't mean I should say that aloud -- or, worse, at a volume the kids could hear if they were at the neighbor's house. If you don't want the little ones repeating those four-letter words (and telling everyone where they heard them!), keep your vocab G-rated.

  • Licking Nutella Off Knives


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    Waste not, want not, right? Of course, it's hard to stick an ooey-gooey knife coated in Nutella in the sink, but if you lick it, which it's practically begging you to do, is that a behavior you want the kids to emulate? Unless you're grooming little sword swallowers, don't do it!

  • Leaving Empty Wraps on the Floor of the Car


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    Ever wonder why the back of your car is teeming with sippy cups, water bottles, and granola bar wrappers? Now look at the front seat. See any coffee cups and crumpled napkins? Fee like a giant hypocrite? Not to worry. This is an easy fix. If you're going to eat or drink in the car, take everything out and throw it away as soon as you exit. Or, place a traveling mini-garbage somewhere in your vehicle. And, don't feel bad -- at least you're not littering!

  • Answering Email During Meal Time


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    You tell the kids no phones at the table, yet you can't help but sneak a peek the second you feel your smartphone vibrate. It doesn't matter if it's just another online sale notification, you must check it immediately! Before you hear a chorus of "Hey, no fair!"s, consider stashing your phone in your purse for several hours a night if possible so you can truly unplug and reconnect.

  • Jaywalking


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    Who's got the time to walk all the way to the corner and push that button? You do! Running across a busy street -- even if you've looked both ways -- puts yourself in harm's way. Taking a few extra seconds is so worth not ending up in the hospital, or worse!

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  • Heckling Telemarketers


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    Sure, it's infuriating to be interrupted during dinner every single night, but freaking out on a telemarketer does not make for a proud teachable moment. When I overheard my son turn the tables on a solicitor by shouting into the phone and trying to sell him his old Legos, I knew I had to dial it down.

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  • Saying "I Need a Drink"


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    I can't speak for anyone else, but being a mom is the toughest job I've ever had. And just like at the end of a long day in any other profession, momma looks forward to a drink!

    I didn't realize how often I must have been muttering the phrase "I need a drink!" until my son, handing me a strep throat notice from his school nurse, said, "You may need a drink after this one!" When he said it again after tracking mud through the house, I knew it was time to give up this catchphrase!

  • Watching Reality TV


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    Does it kill you to see the kids watching people in a pawn shop cursing at one another on your TV screen? Sure, the words are bleeped, but still, these shows leave you longing for the innocence of Scooby-Doo. If you want them to turn it off, you may have to give up your Real Housewives to prove your point. Ruh-roh!

  • Yelling from Room to Room


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    Who has the strength to walk up and down flights of stairs to alert the kids that it's time to set the table or that dinner is ready? Yet it drives you nuts when your children shout to you from another room and it's as unintelligible as the grown-ups in the Peanuts cartoon. Lead by example and pop in the same room before giving directions!

  • Eating in the Bedroom


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    It's so tempting to enjoy a cup of coffee and a muffin while blow-drying your hair or putting on makeup, but if you've made the "No food in the bedroom!" rule and pointed out all the potential problems (ants, mice, more unthinkable things!), you may have to hang out at the breakfast bar like everyone else!

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