The 5 Most Annoying Parenting Comments Every Mom Has Heard

The 5 Most Annoying Parenting Comments Every Mom Has Heard

You’re not guilty of saying any of these gems to other moms, are you?


By Wendy Robinson

One day when I was out on maternity leave, I decided to venture out of the house with both kids (then 4 years old and 3 months) to go have breakfast. It was a beautiful summer day and I was pleased to be out of the house. We were just finishing up our pancakes when a group of little old ladies came over to ooh and ahh over the baby. The baby cooed and kicked her bare feet in response to the attention, which is when one of the ladies grabbed her toes, gave me a stern look, and uttered the comment that every mother hears at least once: “You need to put some socks on this baby!”

I shared this story with my friend Elizabeth who lives in Phoenix, Arizona (a place where her kids hardly ever really need socks) who laughed and said, “Man, what is it with the old ladies and the socks? Do they get a kickback from the sock industry or something? But have you ever gotten the “just you wait”? That is the worst!”

The “just you wait” is, of course, the annoying thing people will tell you to make sure no matter how hard parenting seems now, it will always get harder. “Oh, yeah, the ‘just you wait’… I got that while I was trying to deal with twin 2-year-olds in the midst of a public tantrum. Good times,” says Carly W. of Greensboro, North Carolina.

“My mother-in-law doesn’t say ‘just you wait,’ but she does give me the ‘well, back in my day…’ lecture when our parenting styles don’t match up. Apparently I am raising a wimp for making my son wear a bike helmet,” shares Melissa K. from Lansing, Michigan.

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“I can handle most dumb comments in public,” says Angie N. from Ames, Iowa, “but the ‘cherish every moment’ stuff drives my crazy. Parenting is hard enough without the pressure to make sure I am cherishing every moment that my 5-year-old acts the fool.”

My friend Bea from Minneapolis, Minnesota, also has a comment that drives her up the wall, only hers is the one her husband gets: “I can’t tell you how many compliments my husband gets on what a great dad he is for doing the EXACT same things I do. He is a great dad, but why does he get all this praise for wearing the baby or taking our son to the park or taking our daughter to tumbling class? It is so annoying.”

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So, dear advice givers of the world, the next time you see a mom in public with her kids, maybe share the love and just tell her she is doing a great job?

What public comments drive you nuts?


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

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The carseat advise is the MOST annoying! If one more person tells me to turn my 3 year old back to backward facing again I'm going to lose it! She is in the 95th percentile for her age! She is the size of at least a 5 year old. I am not turning her backwards so her knees are in her face. Lol back off car seat nazis!

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my mother-in-law came to visit when I had my youngest. The baby cried constantly. I breastfed all of my kids and she gets embarrassed just at the thought of it. She said to me "maybe she's not getting enough food" which really upset me because all I did was feed the child. It was the only thing that kept her from crying because she had her mouth full, lol. turns out she gained almost 3lbs that week and was diagnosed with a severe case of colic. Mom's just have to trust their instincts.

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