10 Ways You Know You're a Southern California Mom (PHOTOS)

I may be biased, but I think California is one of the best places evah to raise kids. You know, if you can get over the high unemployment, the high cost of living, the high taxes ...

But you know, other than that, it's perfect. I don't even remember the last time I bought bug spray, y'all. Oh wait, yes I do. It was a few years ago when I took a summer trip to visit a friend in Wisconsin. I still got eaten alive, by the way. Sunscreen, however ... we have plenty of that!

There are a few other totally stereotypical things about being a Golden State mom. Here are 10 ways you know you're raising kids in California.

What things are particular to your state when it comes to raising kids?


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Rachelle Rinn Shurtliff

Here in Michigan, we have to be prepared for all four seasons to occur within a week.  

the4m... the4mutts

Are you insane? Seriously? I have lived in Bakersfield California for 30 years, and been everywhere in this god forsaken state. We have snow, we have rain, we are nowhere near the beach, and 80% of the kids here are morbidly obese. Organic? Bakersfield doesnt know the definition. The ONLY thing that really applies to typical Californian moms is that diversity doesnt phase us much. The gardner thing was flat out offensive.

the4m... the4mutts

Well, and the earthquake drills, but that applies to other states too, like Alaska

nonmember avatar Stephanie

I don't often agree with 4mutts as I seem to try not to be so blunt and she is very blunt but I actually agree with her this time. Not so harshly though ; ) organic is pretty big but mainly for the more snobby type. I don't agree about every kid being obese either.. But other than that. And the gardener thin was in horrible taste. My husband is Mexican. He is not a gardener. And we tease about race and stereotypes. I'm not a prude by any means but that kind of close minded thinking does not belong in a public forum.

nonmember avatar Stephanie

I don't often agree with 4mutts as I seem to try not to be so blunt and she is very blunt but I actually agree with her this time. Not so harshly though ; ) organic is pretty big but mainly for the more snobby type. I don't agree about every kid being obese either.. But other than that. And the gardener thin was in horrible taste. My husband is Mexican. He is not a gardener. And we tease about race and stereotypes. I'm not a prude by any means but that kind of close minded thinking does not belong in a public forum.

Movie... Moviebuff

Really missed the mark with this list.

nonmember avatar Lisa

The diversity thing, totally true! Why I love living here. But yeah, the Spanish only speaking gardner thing? You might want to take that out. Very racist and offensive.

nonmember avatar Fg2009

The list applies almost perfectly for folks living in Hermosa or Manhattan Beach, maybe call it the South Bay ? I know people there and it does apply ( good people btw)

Robin Hartman

Maybe this is the Southern California Coast list?

Brain... BrainyMommy

Well, of course it doesn't apply to places like Bakersfield. It's pretty clear this list was referencing coastal, southern California which is all people think of anyway when they think of CA. And, for the record, my kids learned Spanish from their Spanish immersion pre-school, not from our Swedish gardner. But then again I live in Northern California.

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