Why I Suck As a Mom

We have had some interesting debates around here on everything from Breastfeeding to Circumcision, but for the most part things stayed civil.  Well yesterday a dear friend of mine, Jen from Life With Levi,  posted an image involving circumcision and it VERY quickly turned ugly.  Everything from calling a mom who circumcised her son a bad mom to a “deadbeat” parent.  Well here I am to tell you that not only do I suck as a mom but I have been sucking at it for over 7 years!

My Boys I don’t know about you but the first thing I see when I look at these boys is “Wow, There mom must really suck” and this is why.

- I wake them up every morning with a kiss and a hug.

- I used disposable diapers with my two oldest until I learned the joy of Cloth Diapering with #3.

- I still use disposables at night because well, sometimes I’m just too lazy.

- Sometimes I let the kids eat dinner in front of the TV.

- I give my kids Pop on special occasions.

-I follow a normal vaccination schedule and give my kids flu shots.

- My husband and I decided to circumcise all three of our boys.

- I worked outside the home until my youngest was born.

- I only nursed my oldest two until they were 8 weeks old and even then supplemented with formula.

- I only nursed my youngest for 9 months, and cried for a week after he weaned when my PCOS became too much to overcome.

- I hug my boys every day!  Sometimes 8 or 9 times.

- I say prayers with my boys every night before bed.

- We spend at least 30 minutes every day reading.

- Sometimes we use outside voices in the house.

- I use empty threats on occasion to get the boys to listen.

Captain America Brayden

- Sometimes we eat dessert before we have dinner.

- Our dentist appointments are not always every 6 months.

- Sometimes I pick up fast food just because I don’t feel like cooking.

- Sometimes I swear, but have taught my children the difference between adult words and kids words.

- I have been known to stay up until 1am so that I can get my work done while the kids are sleeping.

- We build forts out of the good sheets.

- My youngest will spend the entire day running around the house in just a diaper.

- I save toilet paper rolls and paper towel rolls so that we can have pirate treasure hunts.

- I use paper towels EVERY day!

- I clean my house with bleach.

-I let my 22 month old watch a show with inappropriately shaped characters (Yo Gabba Gabba)

- I make sure that my kids always have clothes to wear, food to eat and a roof over their heads.

- I wear the same beat up shoes for 3 years so that I can be sure that I have the money to buy the boys new clothes and shoes when they need them.

So I totally SUCK as a mom!


  1. Yep, you toally suck! So do I for that matter. I became a stay at home turned work at home Mom 13.5 years ago and I do several things on your list too. Well, expect for the whole circumcision thing. It was completely un-necessary for our 2 girls!. :-)
    Great post, keep sucking Mom!
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  2. yup i suck too ;)
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  3. I hate that Moms beat up other Moms. I know I do a good enough of a job at that myself I don’t need or want help with it.

    Oh yeah..I suck too!! My hubby and I don’t exchange presents for Christmas or anniversary so we can do more things with our kids! Sure there are A LOT of things I do I said I wouldn’t BEFORE I had kids, but they are free thinking creatures and I had to adapt :)
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  4. Heather James says:

    I’d say you are the suckyest mom ever !!!! Lol and I am too cause I’d Alonso all of the things you posted ! So keep up the sucky work !!!

  5. Yep, I suck big time! LOL Great post! We really all need to learn how to play nice and respect each others differences.
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  6. What a great way to support each other as moms. I wish people would stop jumping on the criticizing train and realize we are all different and live in a place where those differences make us amazing! You rock!
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  7. Well, as it turns out, I too, am a bad mom!!! Ha, aha, ha!!!

  8. I love it and I love to see all these moms supporting instead of bashing each other! As parents, we do the best we can and we love our kids the best we know how and that is all we can do. For others to judge is just silly! I respect your right to raise your child the way you want and I expect you to respect mine too! Love this movement!
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  9. I like holding each other up in support instead of tearing each other down. That’s really sad, and yes, your list does show that you suck as a mom. ;) (If suck=excel) :) )
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  10. Love this! Love to see the support out there between mothers instead of that awful negativity that surrounded that picture – which was meant to showcase our differences and how they are ok. Love the link to other pages. Love reading all of the different parenting choices and love knowing that all of these moms are ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS for their differences!

    Kudos to you for your parenting choices…every last one of them!!
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  11. Hell yeah, I need to go buy some good sheets so we can come build forts with you! Levi has to settle for our boring ol’ regular sheets when we build forts in the living room.
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  12. Nena Sinclair

    I would say you rock as a mom! The mom, however who was berating the other mom….well, I’d have to say SHE sucks!!

  13. Sucky mom here! I still use empty threats on my soon to be eighteen year old. As if I am really going to send her to live with her father if she doesn’t find a job! ;)

  14. I suck too! Great post Cristina!
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  15. When Amber at Thrifty Ninja told me about this, I knew I had to write a post about why I’m a bad mom too. I get told it a lot.

    It’s nice to see us celebrating the fact that we are different but that doesn’t mean we’re bad.
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  16. Um… we eat dinner in front of the t.v. every night. :) You’re a great momma!
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  17. How TERRIBLE! LoL
    Welcome to the Totally Awesome Mama club!
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  18. Yay! I suck too.

    I remember once telling my sister about the show with inappropriately shaped characters. I think I said if you want to see sex toys dance, talk, and sing, then check it out!

  19. I must be awful too – I don’t use the good sheets to make forts because I don’t have good sheets but I did go to a garage sale and find Peanuts sheets like the ones I had when I was a kid. My kids run around in diapers all the time – I didn’t know that was even a thing…

  20. Jenna Parsons says:

    I LOVE this! You rule!!! My mom did all those things too, and I had an amazing childhood!!! Now my kids get to have a mom who “sucks” too :)

  21. Karen D

    When I was a young mother, my sister-in-law (10 years my senior), who had 4 children at the time, said to me, “You do the best you can, with the information you have, and do it out of love.” I tried to use that rule to guide me. Every human being is different. Who are we to judge each other (unless there is clear abuse/neglect)?

  22. This is Awesome! you dont suck! you are real and obviously proud of it. Keep up the good work!

  23. So glad to know there’s other sucky moms out there besides me. This post made my day! Thank you!


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