Motherhood Means Accepting That Kids Are Just Really Gross

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muddy foot
For his mom's sake, I hope this is mud and not dog poo!
I have always had a weak stomach. Even watching my grandmother eat a banana used to turn my stomach. I think that is why I avoided changing diapers until I actually had a child. Despite my history, everyone told me it would all change once I had a kid of my own. That somehow, miraculously, poop and other messes would no longer bother me.  Sure, that was the case the first month, but as soon as it gained a little more substance and became more pungent, I dreaded it. I'm not going to lie, there were times when I retched. Bottom line is kids can be pretty icky at times. Can you relate? Be honest!

For every mom it's different. Skinned knees, boogers, vomit, drool. The list of possible messes is endless. One CafeMom member was totally freaked out by the thready skin hanging from her daughter's gums after she lost a tooth.

I have one mommy friend who dreads dinner time. “It’s so gross,” she always complains about her two kids' eating habits. I realized exactly what she was talking about after sitting across from them during a barbecue. To this day I have no idea how their plates ended up with so much spit and chewed food on it. Ugh.

Sadly, it only gets grosser as they get older. The nose is an endless source of nausea for me. I don't even want to think about what I will find in my son's room once he hits puberty. I guess we easily eeked out moms can find solace in the fact that all parents go through this to some extent.  There is no way to avoid this stuff. You just have to get through it. I hear it’s better once they hit 18. We just have to hold on until then.

What do your kids do that grosses you out?


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Bunny Lee DuChemin Wilson

Um...some things are gross but to say kids are gross is not a very motherly way to refer to your children. Stuff that would gross me out with other people, doesnt phase me with my kids. As far as the mom who is disgusted by the way her kids eat??? If your children have horrible table manners, whose fault is that?

johnn... johnny4ever

My son does some gross stuff!

Vicki Kline Hoogenboom

Mine use to hide food in their diaper and eat it later eewwwww

Marcie Blue Elmore

Bunny, you are special     ...uuummm, ok. Kids do things that are fun and silly to them. And gross to adults. I think at home or in "private" you can laugh with themand be silly. But at the same time let them know not everyone thinks that is funny. Its a step in a new concept called "Let them be kids and make your child a responsible adult!" Also known as raising them! I have five wonderful children who were raised this way. 

kckcm2 kckcm2

My daughter mastered the art of removing her diaper at 6 months and would wake up in the middle of the night and abuse herself by playing with the contents. Cleaning her roomand giving her a bath at 3 am became a nightly chore. It was gross. I nearly cried when she finally mastered potty training.

NatAndCo NatAndCo

My boys like to reach into their diapers and pull out nuggets of poop to play with... I'm sorry if its not "motherly" to say so but they're gross.

SaphireH SaphireH

yeah to say they are gross is an understatement. just in the past 2 weeks my children have grossed the heck out of me. my 3 yr old daughter decided that while i stepped out of the bathroom to get a wash cloth she had to potty well next thing i know she was screaming that the 1 yr old pooped in the tub in actuality it was her who had sat on the ledge of the tub and pooped in the bathtub as her brother was taking a bath. then a few days later im changing the 1 yr old and i ended up with poop under my nails and also had to get a booger out of his nose and i almost puked and then yesterday the 1 yr old decided his ice cold water in his sippy wasnt good enough so he drank the cat water not caring me and his aunt were telling him no and those 3 are just the tip of the ice burg with my kids

Sarah Cazier

Bwahahaha! Not a motherly way to refer to your children? I doubt Bunny even has any children. Kids are foul and disgusting sometimes. Sure.. most of it is easy to handle with your own kid... but sometimes I'm completely grossed out. Completely.

sally... sallymaggie

Boogers make me almost puke only thing that gets me EVERYTIME!

nonmember avatar mdw

Kids are gross sometimes. & i say that with as much love as possible. Its bcus im a mother that i can say my kids are gross sometimes. Bunny needs to get over herself.

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