Mommy Cards: Resourceful or Risky?


You're in the park and meet a great mom who loves knitting and "Grey's Anatomy" just as much as you do! Your two kids really hit it off, to boot. You'll be BFF. Gotta exchange numbers now to set up a play date, but, ugh. You can't find a pen or even a scrap of paper among the baby wipes and onesies, and you left your cell in the car.

A mommy card sure would come in handy now.

What's a mommy card?

Don't feel bad if you don't know--several moms in the Stay at Home Moms group didn't, either. The photos here showing the front and back of a sample card say it all. It's simply a business card for moms. You can list as little or as much info as you want on them--even emergency contacts and food allergies.

"I use them all the time!," says mad1sonsmommy. I also ordered some with just Madison's name on them to put on birthday presents. That way, I don't have to purchase birthday cards."

KittyD uses them, but only sparingly. She gives them to close friends in a moms group she belongs to, but she would never reveal that much information about her family and children to a stranger. "I'm paranoid ... that's dangerous."

What about you--do you think the cards are clever or corny? Dangerous or perfectly harmless?

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mimis... mimismommy

I think they are cute and clever. I don't know that I would have use for them but I could see how they could be useful. I would agree with KittyD on being selective on who I gave them to.  I wouldn't want everyone knowing that much. However, it would be nice for certain situations.  And for safety reasons to have the allergy info really easy to get to along with in case of emergency information. 

evyth... evythecute

i think its cool. but i would put very limited info. like mine and my child's first name and my email and/or cell number. that would be for giving to a person i meet at the park. but if it were for a acquaintance that my child was going to have a play-date with then i would put more info like allergies and emergency info. but i certainly wouldn't give that to everyone i meet and like.

NooYawka NooYawka

They come from the venerable and grand tradition of civil society of days-gone-by: The calling card. Both ladies and gentlemen carried them and knew how to use them. I believe that business cards came out of this tradition. While I would never put my children's name on my "card", I'd be able to hand one to anyone I'd like to hear from in the future, be it a possible client, business contact, or play-date parent (all they need to do is either remember my child's name or scribble it on the back). Hmm, maybe I'll add that to my Christmas list!

aschwer aschwer

I'm glad I read this because DH has been telling me to make them for some time now. I was going to a few months back, but had not heard of any other mothers doing this, and thought I might be one of the first who'd get weird looks if I handed one out. I do think it's a great idea, and I've been at the park on a couple occasions and hit it off w/the other moms and we didn't exchange info bc neither had the cell or a pen. I think I will make a couple now (and now that I know I wouldn't be the only one here), and like another poster said, not my kids name, they can scribble that down later if they like.

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