24 ‘Bad’ Moms Confess: My Kid Is Driving Me Nuts!

24 ‘Bad’ Moms Confess: My Kid Is Driving Me Nuts!

24 ‘Bad’ Moms Confess: My Kid Is Driving Me Nuts!


By Wendy Robinson

When you hold your tiny newborn baby in your arms, it can be hard to imagine that someday this sweet creature will develop habits, quirks, or behaviors that will make you feel like you are going to lose your ever-loving mind.

I have a child who does not flush the toilet. I’ve lost track of the number of guests I have apologized to for the chance that they may discover evidence of this quirk when using the bathroom. I’ve nagged and nagged, and yet, my non-flusher continues his one-child campaign to save water by following the “If it’s yellow, let it mellow” rule.

Given that misery loves company, I got some of my other mom friends to share their kids’ most annoying habits. Read them and weep -- or laugh. Or be glad your kid doesn’t do that particular one.

1. “My 13-year-old is completely incapable of whispering or closing a door.” -- Marta S.

2. “My 3-year-old uses me and others as her own personal tissue.” -- Sarah T.

3. “My 5-year-old twins think it is hilarious to fart on me. So gross, and no amount of time-out seems to be curbing the habit.” -- Grace R.

4. “I have a 3-and-1/2-year-old who steps on everything: books, toys, your feet, a balloon. Anything that may be lying out is fair game. He is also very verbose and is into explaining everything in great s-l-o-w detail.” -- Casey S.

5.“My 13-year-old son needs to be wearing deodorant, but he fails to put it on most days and then sprays himself with body spray after basketball practice. He comes to the dinner table smelling like body odor, hormones, and cheap body spray.” -- Jamie T.

6.“Even though my 3-and-1/2-year-old boy has been going to a woman doctor since he was born, and many of our books have women doctors, he ALWAYS thinks ( insists!) doctors are men. His pediatrician walks into the room, and he says something about her being a nurse, because she is a ‘girl’ not a ‘boy.’ It drives me crazy, and I’m at a complete loss for how this happened!” -- Meredith S.

7. “My 2-year-old, when resisting sleeping, screams, ‘I DON’T LIKE THE SMELL!’ We don’t know what she is smelling.” -- Teresa S.

8. “My 5-year-old interrupts constantly and asks questions that she knows the answer to just so she can be right.” -- Angie H.

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9. “My 3-year-old needs to be touching me or at least within eyesight of me at all times. She has been this way since birth.” -- Sarah R.

10. “Both of my kids, ages 1 and 5, are teeth grinders. It makes me want to pull my hair out.” -- Cassi J.

11. “Two boys, ages 6 and 3. The NOSEPICKING. Ugh.” -- Yesenia A.

12. “My 5-year-old bites her nails -- including her toenails. My 3-year-old sucks her thumb at night, loudly. I would love to snuggle her at night, but that sound!” -- Carrie W.

13. “My 4-year-old son is penis-obsessed. I get that it is totally normal, but, really, son? Do you have to be grabbing at it during children’s choir performances at church?” --Jessie V.

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14. “My 8-year-old son spills at EVERY meal.” -- Heather K.

15. “My 7-year-old tries to correct his 2-year-old sister’s way of saying certain words. No! I love that she says ‘upsin donwsy’ for ‘upside down.’ Don’t take that from me.” -- Mia R.

16. “My 6-year-old chews with his mouth wide open. And he has this chewing sound that is really moist sounding. It drives me insane.” -- Sara S.

17. “My 3-year-old son will poop 90 percent of the time in the bathroom, right next to the toilet. Seriously.” -- Mary C.

18. “When we moved last summer, I found my 6-year-old’s used bandage collection. GROSS.” -- Wendy T.

19. “Their inability to get their dirty laundry INTO the hamper that is IN their room makes me nuts. How old are they? 15 and 17. One of them is even a pitcher in softball, so her aim should be good!” -- Emily L.

20. “The constant tween-age eye-rolling is going to put me in an early grave. That combined with heavy sighs whenever I ask innocent questions like ‘How was your day?’ make me better understand animals that eat their young.” -- Mara D.

21. “My 3-and-1/2-year-old kneads his feet when he is cuddling or going to sleep. It wouldn’t be so bad, but he insists on kneading them against my thigh, and it irritates me to no end! Also, whenever I am helping him get his shoes or pants on, he grabs onto my head like a vice. And I wonder why my hair and makeup are always messed up!” -- Melissa H.

22. “My 6-year-old son will pick his nose and wipe it on the wall right next to his bed. Starting a collection perhaps?” -- Mary K.

23. “My 7-year-old has hoarding tendencies. Why does she need to collect every scrap, container, etc. and keep them in her room?” -- Danielle S.

24. “My 7-year-old chews/sucks on the neck opening of his shirt when he is reading or playing a video game. It makes his shirt wet, which makes his chin chapped, in addition to stretching the shirt. He is currently on a sticker chart program to stop the habit.”-- Tricia W.

Bottom line? Kids are total weirdos.

What is your kid’s most annoying habit?


Wendy Robinson is a writer, working mom, and graduate student. Someday she'd like to sleep in again. She also blogs at www.athleticmonkey.com.

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