11 'Rude' Habits Moms Aren’t Exactly Proud to Admit

11 'Rude' Habits Moms Aren’t Exactly Proud to Admit

These moms reveal the habits they would rather keep under the radar.


By Judy Koutsky

One mom knows she should reduce, reuse, and recycle, but can’t seem to bring herself to do it. Another parks in an inappropriate place. A third mom hides from her neighbor, because she doesn’t want to lend a helping hand. Although they may be a bit embarrassed by their rudest, sneakiest, or laziest behaviors, here, 11 moms come clean. Check ‘em out and see if any of these scenarios sound familiar.

1. “I hate pumping gas, so I never do it. I don’t want to get out of my car, I don’t want to touch the gross nozzle, and I don’t want to go anywhere near the drip of gas that always comes out. I know I’m using more gas and my carbon footprint is terrible – I’ll drive 20 miles just to find a full-service station.” -- Julia, mom of two

2. “I know everyone is into the reusable grocery bags, but I think they’re covered in germs from the meat, veggies, milk. It’s not hygienic in my opinion. So I request the least eco-friendly option: plastic. I often go shopping at odd hours, so none of my ‘green’ friends catch me.” -- Evy, mom of three

3. “There’s a wonderful new store in the neighborhood, but parking is just about impossible. There are slots in the very front labeled ‘moms with small kids,’ and I often park there. I figured nobody else uses them and I do have kids – they’re just 10 and 12.” --- Ava, mom of two

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4. “My neighbor is always asking if I can take her son to school. I know she’s busy and has a lot going on in her life, but I’m not a big fan of her kid, and I don’t want to take it on. I now park my car down the street, and we go out the side door, so she can’t see us come and go.” -- Zoe, mom of one

5. “My son is a handful, so for parent-teacher conferences, both my husband and I are asked to attend, and we often get an earful. Now, when the sign-up sheets go up outside my son’s classroom, I always sign up after a kid that’s even worse than mine. That way, the teacher gives the big lecture to the other parents, and by the time they get to us, it’s a lighter version, because they’re exhausted.” -- Ellie, mom of two

6. “At my daughter’s school, they do morning drive-through drop-off starting in first grade. Well, it was a cold, hard winter and I didn’t feel like finding a parking spot and walking her in each morning, so I joined the line of the older kids. Even though she’s in kindergarten, I figure who would know?” -- Megan, mom of one

7. “We do birthdays once a month at my child’s school. So all the April birthdays are celebrated the last day in April. The parents of those kids are asked to pick one thing to bring: food, drinks, decorations, etc. Well, there are a bunch of allergies, so I automatically took food and drinks off the list. Decorations are expensive (plus, I don’t want to put them up). Instead, I bring plates. It’s easy, cheap, and requires very little effort. I’m kind of embarrassed by how little I contribute, so I just put them on the table and walk away.” -- Jessica, mom of four

8. “I ask my kids to lie about their age, so I get the cheaper price at various attractions. I feel bad doing it, well kind of, but it’s like half the cost!” -- Serena, mom of two

9. “I can’t remember the names of any of the kids in my son’s kindergarten class. No matter how many times he’ll tell me. Instead, I simply call them all ‘sweetheart.’ It embarrasses my son, but I’m just not a name person.” -- Catherine, mom of two

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10. “Summer camp is very competitive where I live. Sign-ups start in spring, and it’s on one specific day for each camp. People start lining up at 6 a.m. I tell all the other moms I’m not sure of my plans, knowing full well where I’m sending my kids. I just don’t want the other moms to get in line before me, so I throw off the competition.” -- Rebecca, mom of two

11. “There’s an especially chatty mom that’s always hanging out in the morning at drop-off. I need to drop my kids at school, and then run and catch the train to work, so I don’t have time, or interest, to chat with this mom. So I put my headphones in. There’s no music playing, so I can still hear everything around me, but a mom with headphones is a huge detractor for Chatty Cathys.” -- Josie, mom of four

What behaviors like this are you not exactly proud of?


Judy Koutsky is the former Editorial Director of KIWI magazine, a green parenting publication. She was also Executive Editor of Parenting.com, AOL Parent and BabyTalk.com. Follow her on Twitter @JudyKoutsky.

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