10 Things Mom's Not Allowed to Do Anymore (According to My Big Kid)

10 Things Mom's Not Allowed to Do Anymore (According to My Big Kid)

Got a “bossy” big kid on your hands? Then you can relate to this list of no-nos for Mom!

By Maria Mora

Babies are so easy. They cry because they need you. Simple, right? Once kids get a little older, everything goes haywire. My kids are 6 and 9, and suddenly, they’re the ones making rules. It’s not like I listen to them, but it’s wild how many things I’m suddenly not allowed to do. And I’m not the only one stuck in this boat with bossy kids.

1. No nicknames allowed. Now, my babydoll and sweetheart only go by their given names. No shortening. No cutesy additions. Nothing. Once in a while I can get away with it at home. But in public? Forget it.

2. No displays of affection. My older kid won’t let me hold his hand anywhere anymore. “It gets better again,” my friend Michelle K. reassures me. “My son did not let me hold his hand from second through fifth grade. Then suddenly this year, in seventh grade, he is willing to kiss and hug me in the middle of the middle school.”

3. No social media. If I aim my phone anywhere near my kids, they start yelling at me not to send the photos to my friends online. Most of the time I listen to them, but once in a while I can’t help sharing that adorable photo with my mom pals.

4. No near-nudity. Remember when you could get dressed and talk to your little kid at the same time? That’s all over when your kid gets old enough to run screaming from the sight of a bra. Yes, I’m speaking from experience.

5. No salty language. Big kids will call you out big time if you let an unsavory word slip out. If I say the word “stupid,” my kids absolutely lose their minds. They’re the language police now.

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6. No car singing. Out of the blue, the voice I used to tirelessly serenade my kids to sleep became “really embarrassing.” I’m not the only one. “I’m not allowed to sing,” says Jenny M. from Arizona. “Never mind that I'm a trained vocalist.”


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7. No dancing – ever. We had family dance parties all the time when the kids were toddlers. Now, my kids are embarrassed if I shake it down to the radio in the living room. Just wait until I chaperone a middle school dance.

8. No picking out clothes. As the mom of two little boys, I don’t have too many adorable outfits to choose from. But I still enjoy dressing them. Lately, both of them adamantly refuse to wear the clothes I picked out. It’s all clashing colors all the time now.

9. No lunchbox notes. I used to tuck loving, handwritten notes and drawings into my 9-year-old’s lunchbox. Now he thinks it’s mortifying and not-so-subtly asks me to never do it ever again.

10. No forgetting to tuck them in. Even though they’re big, my kids still expect to be tucked in. I cover their shockingly big feet with a blanket and kiss their foreheads. Because they’re still my babies.

What are you not allowed to do anymore, according to your child?

Maria Mora is communications director at Big Sea Design and Development in St. Petersburg, Florida. She lives with her two sons and their rescue terriers.

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