Before I had kids, I was funny, but not that funny. I think motherhood transforms a woman to either crack and break at her very core or become so funny that everything rolls of her back. Motherhood and having children forces us moms deal with things we never thought we’d have to, from the disgusting, to the disturbing to the enlightening and everything in between where we can either laugh our way through it or be stressed out and miserable. I’m convinced that as our children grow from newborns to adulthood, our #MotherFunniness evolves. I have come up with the 5 stages of #MotherFunny “hood” and here they are:
Poop on your hands before kids? GROSS. After kids? NO BIG DEAL because it happens daily. As a mom in the midst of the babyhood stage, you get barfed on, pooped on, pee’d on and spit up on daily. The mere act of changing diapers is gross but as a mom, you become immune to it.
The ToddlerHood stage is when you come across other moms in playgroups and playdates. This stage requires humor of a different #MotherFunny kind. Because it’s the “THESE OTHER MOMS ARE CRAZY” kind of funny. I have to admit here that I fell trap to the perfect, crunchy granola, all organic, yoga mom when my oldest was a toddler. I went out and bought the quinoa/tofu/kale crap that tasted like barf. So much like barf in fact, that no one ate it. By the time I had my 2nd kid, I realized those perfect, crunchy granola, all organic, yoga moms are not #MotherFunnyies and they’re miserable (or at least that’s what I’ve convinced myself because I just can’t live on healthy food, I LIKE DONUTS OK?!).
The ChildHood stage is a mixture of tempter tantrums, attitude tryouts (meaning, they try out the talking back to mom to see if it works) and the buds of independence. I currently have 2 kids in the #MotherFunny childhood stage and it’s a daily toss up of grouchy attitudes, temper tantrum and talking back. To survive this plight I
drink a lot of wine remind myself it’s just a phase and I will make it out alive and I laugh along the way.
Although I do not have teenagers yet, I can foresee that this stage will require the most use of my #MotherFunny-ness. I hear that teenage girls are hormonal and dramatic (which means an appropriate mom eye roll or two will suffice) and teenage boys are grumpy and silent (with will require a practical joke on them or two).
AdultKidHood and Beyond:
I can’t wait for my own kids to have their own responsibilities like work and bills and then eventually someday a thousand, million years from now, have their own children. I will sit back, enjoy myself and laugh and laugh and laugh.
Thankfully, there is a whole army of other #MotherFunny moms that get that motherhood is challenging, rewarding and worth laughing at. You must check out NickMom.com where the best, funniest, brightest moms gather to laugh about the plights of the #MotherFunny stages. This post was inspired by NickMom and NickMom on Twitter.