25 Things Moms Tell Kids Not to Do (But We Do Anyway)

25 Things Moms Tell Kids Not to Do (But We Do Anyway)

Moms are really good at telling our kids what not to do. We’re not always so good at following our own rules.


By Jeanne Sager

If you’ve ever hidden in the bathroom so you could sneak a little bit of chocolate before dinner, you know that sometimes moms tell their kids one thing … and do another. It’s not that we mean to be dirty, awful liars.

It’s just that we’re grown up now, and sometimes that means putting our feet on the coffee table, eating cookies before noon, and saying naughty words when we are really, really, REALLY frustrated. Don’t feel bad, Mom, we’re all in this together. In fact, we asked other moms to share the one thing they tell their kids not to do even though they do it themselves, and we could barely keep up with the list of confessions.

Ready to dive in? Let’s do this!

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1. Eat in the bedroom

2. Eat in the living room

3. Eat dinner in front of the television

4. Eat ice cream for dinner

5. Eat cake for breakfast (Anyone noticing a pattern here?)

6. Drink soda

7. Bite their fingernails

8. Procrastinate

9. Look at a screen while at the dinner table

10. Talk to strangers

11. Tell little white lies

12. Go out in the cold without a jacket

13. Pick scabs

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14. Wear the same clothes multiple days in a row (What? They passed the sniff test!)

15. Yell

16. Go to bed without brushing their teeth

17. Pull toys apart with your teeth

18. Sneak the food they don’t like to the dog (But he looks so hungry!)

19. Drop dirty clothes on the floor instead of putting them in the hamper

20. Leave the lights on when you leave a room

21. Binge watch TV

22. Take extra-long hot showers and use up all the hot water

23. Spend all the money in your pocket on something pointless

24. Stand with the refrigerator door open until it starts making the “ding, ding, ding” noise.

25. Stay up late when you have to get up early the next morning

Okay, be honest: What do you do after telling your kids it’s not OK?


Jeanne Sager is a freelance writer, photographer and social media junkie. She lives in upstate New York with her husband, daughter, and way too many pets. You can follow her @JeanneSager.

Image ©iStock.com/Pav_1007


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Definitely number 15!!!

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