Stick-Figure Family Stickers & Mom Vanity Plates Bring Out the Haters

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family car stickersI already drive a "mom" type of car -- a small crossover SUV in gray. I think over 75 percent of cars on the road are gray. It's not flashy, nothing adorns it, except dirt. Really need to get to the car wash. The two car seats in the back further give my mom status away, along with the crumbs that are everywhere.

I remember when those Baby on Board signs first came out -- they drove just about every non-parent bonkers, myself included. What a silly thing, I would think, do I really need to know you have a child in the car? It's just making me nervous to drive near you. The car I drove back then was an old faded red VW with the rear bumper covered in punk rock stickers. I thought it was funny that there wasn't the expected Deadhead type of additions on it. Kind of like seeing a shiny happy flowery family of seven with a dog and a cat stuck to the back window of a tricked-out hot rod. If you really want to freak everyone out, though, get a mom vanity plate.

It's kind of a rebel mom thing to do, right? Rebellious in the sweetest and dedicated way. Some will still think it's obnoxious and annoying like I did in my pre-parent days. But, now, while I still won't put anything on my car or get a vanity plate that says "Twin Mama," it doesn't bother me. I have plenty of other, more important things to be bothered about. Like Yahoo's slap in the face to working parents or anyone who needs flex-time or America's terrible maternity leave situation.

Today's latest family car stickers include the "traditional" stick-figure family -- there are the smiling and waving ones, the sporty ones, and they even have Star Wars and zombie themed sticker families for those who like to mix it up. And then there are moms like Jennifer Hutchinson with four kids from Minnesota who has the license plate "GOMOMGO." She told Today: "The plate describes my personality. The plate describes my commitment. I enjoy being a mom." Ohio mom Kim Weaver sports "MY2BOYZ" and Elizabeth Alaio of New York has "MOMOF3."

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Apparently, these vanity plates and even family stickers are like "mobile tattoos" notes psychologist David Schlenoff, who studies the psychology of these types of things. Wow, they have people studying everything, don't they? And since I'm a mom with tattoos (I wonder what the psychologists say about that?!), I really can't hate on tattooed cars. I can choose not to sticker mine up and stick with my random number and letter license plate, but scoff at those who do differently, I will not.

I also wonder if it's more of a mom thing or if dads put them on their cars, too, if there's more than one car in the family.

What do you think of those family car stickers and parent-centric vanity plates? Do you have either? Would you?


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dreamsky dreamsky

Stuff like this; I mean if your not hurting anyone do it! Who cares if it annoys other people. That's the beauty of freedom. Freedom to have your own style and likes. Don't judge other people because they sin differently than you. Same shit.

paren... parentalrights1

I don't know why people are so annoyed by it. I guess it's just those people that can't stand kids or people who make them.


You know the kind that sneer at families.

dreamsky dreamsky

Also, why do parents get a bad rap. When your proud of something you display it. It makes you and your children happy. That their parents enjoy family life. Sports fans, college fans, cops, the military, all types of people display their love of whatever on their cars. It's the surefire way that many many people see it.

brand... brandspanknnew

I do not have a vanity plate, I think those are a bit extreme, but I have a ten month old daughter, and we do sport the Baby On Board sign and our little stick family on the back windshield.

nonmember avatar Stephanie.r.e

I don't care for the stickers or any personalized plate. I'll never do it. But I can't express how much I do t care if others do! You know what does irritate me? When people care so much about others. If it Los not hurting you or anyone else and it's not illegal mind your damn business. Until one of those moms holds a gun to your head and makes you do it too who the f really spends that much of themselves focusing on others?

Nycti... Nyctimene

I just think it's one of those things that was cute and funny and original at first but then it's tired. It's like the whole TGIF/TGI FRIDAY thing. Cute 20+ years ago, now it's just beating a dead horse hearing it every single Friday from someone. Stick figures were cute...but now there's like ten different companies pumping the market full of them. It was a fad, it feels like the fad should go away now. 

Vegeta Vegeta

I have the star wars ones for me and my dog. Partly to be sarcastic about the sheer number of cars with car families on them and also cause its starwars and good artwork, just about every stick family and zombie family look like crap.

fave82 fave82

They dont annoy me.. But i wouldnt have them.. I just think they're cheesy and a little nerdy. But seeing other people do these things doesnt bother.me.

Lynette Lynette

I don't have one but I think they are really cute.  Would love to have the Star Wars.


I don't care for Baby On Board signs or Mom Vanity plates but that's just me, if others want them then cool.

xiolxuo xiolxuo

Things like that make your car look trashy.

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