10 Things Moms Aren’t Allowed to Complain About

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I’m not one to complain.

I’m one to smile.

And shrug my shoulders.

And move on.

But every now and then I hear myself grumbling about something that really shouldn’t be complained about.

In fact, just last week I was complaining to my mom and she said,

“You know, Anna… you really can’t say this out loud to anyone else. Okay? Seriously. Promise me you won’t blog about this.”

So I immediately sat down at my computer and started writing.

And then I realized that she was right. (Thanks, Mom!) and instead I compiled a list of things that moms are NOT allowed to complain about. I will admit that some of these have actually come out of my mouth.

Some I’ve overheard (I can tell you right now that #5 has never crossed my lips!)

All of them are off limits.

1. My FIVE year old is giving up his naps.

2. The clothes at Ann Taylor Loft and the Gap are too big. I can’t even shop there anymore.

3. My mother-in-law is watching the kids AGAIN tonight, which is so nice of her, but sometimes we just want to stay home. I mean – uggg – what are my husband and I going to do tonight?

4. My kids are at school all day long. I miss them.

5. Sometimes I’m lonely in the bathroom.

6. Anything that starts with, “When my husband does the laundry…”

Or “When my husband was cleaning the bathroom yesterday,…”

Or “My husband always forgets my XYZ when he’s doing the grocery shopping”

7. I might have to stop breastfeeding – I’ve lost way too much weight.

8. You know how sometimes you get too much sleep, and then you feel off for the rest of the day?

9. My husband is such a grump because the baby had him up so many times last night.

10. Help me out – What would you add?


  1. TK

    May 13, 2013 at 6:17 am

    My baby only napped for two hours today!

  2. Valerie

    May 13, 2013 at 7:08 am

    I don’t know…I really do miss my older two kids when they’re at school… but the rest of the list! YES!

  3. Janine Huldie

    May 13, 2013 at 7:09 am

    Great list and I would add, I shouldn’t complain that I had trouble falling asleep, even though my kids slept through the night!!

  4. Stephanie

    May 13, 2013 at 7:09 am

    I get the same reaction when I complain about my boobs being too big. But for reals, they are! PS, if number 2 is true for you, I’m just not sure we can be friends anymore.

  5. Mamakafes

    May 13, 2013 at 7:31 am

    I’m w Valerie…I do miss my older girls when they are at school sometimes! How about this Mother’s Day complaint: my family puts too many carbs on my breakfast in bed tray!!! ( I never voiced this complaint but I remember thinking it a few years in a row!! Awful, right? I should have just eaten the donut and been thankful for the crumbs that were so joyfully brought into my room by my proud and loving kids!). Live, learn, and lighten up!!!

  6. Christie

    May 13, 2013 at 7:31 am

    “I hate it when we [go away for a week in the Caribbean/spend a weekend at a B &B being waited on/go out for an evening at a fab restaurant] and my kids stay with their [grandparents/aunt/uncle/friends] house and they let them [stay up late/drink juice/eat candy/watch questionable TV]” If ANYONE takes your kids when you are doing something way more fun than watching kids, they should be given a trophy and a BIG bottle of wine and only complain if their kids were unsupervised in traffic, watching porn and drinking whiskey.

  7. Cherie

    May 13, 2013 at 7:37 am

    I LOVE this! Passing it on!

  8. Real Life Parenting

    May 13, 2013 at 7:39 am

    Now that the kids are in school, I’m so bored because there’s nothing to do.

  9. Jenny Baker

    May 13, 2013 at 7:44 am

    Christie – this made me smile!

  10. Lisa @ The Golden Spoons

    May 13, 2013 at 7:48 am

    Yes!! This one!!! My youngest started Kindergarten this year and over last summer people kept asking me “What are you going to do with yourself when they are all in school for the whole day?!?!” I wanted to smack them every time! And, for the record, there are only 19 days of school left and I haven’t been bored yet! 🙂

  11. Amanda

    May 13, 2013 at 8:22 am

    Here is one I wished I had never complained about: I have to wake my 2-year old every morning at 9:00 after 13 straight hours or who knows when he would wake up. Now enters baby #2 who still gets up every 3 hours at 8-months old and then the now almost 3-year old also gets up at 6:30.

  12. Meg

    May 13, 2013 at 8:29 am

    Ugh, to me, the worst is: “I am soooo busy today! I have a lunch date with the girls and a mani-pedi, and THEN I have to pick the kids up from SCHOOL!”

    Ummmm…that’s not busy. That’s a vacation.

  13. Herb of Grace

    May 13, 2013 at 8:36 am

    Right. On. And I have to confess that in my early Mommy days, I was def guilty of complaining about this one.

  14. Romy

    May 13, 2013 at 8:36 am

    “My daughter will only eat meat, fruits and vegetables-no carbs!” Having birthed cracker-tarians, I want to smack a parent who says that!

  15. Mrs. C

    May 13, 2013 at 8:53 am

    Crackertarians! I love it! I have one of those! Seriously, for all of JK, the only thing she would take for lunch was Goldfish crackers.

  16. Sisterhood of the Sensible Moms

    May 13, 2013 at 9:02 am

    How about “There is not one matched sock in the house since my kids started doing the laundry”?


  17. Ali - Off The Mark

    May 13, 2013 at 9:39 am

    I got nothin’ but those are pretty good. They all make me instantly jealous.

  18. Jenn

    May 13, 2013 at 9:54 am

    I’m a home daycare provider,so it bugs me when moms complain about things I never get – sick days, vacation days, days off in general! “Oh, my muscles are soooo sore, my trainer really put me through the wringer yesterday!” (Meanwhile I was watching her kid….)

  19. thedoseofreality

    May 13, 2013 at 10:48 am

    Ha ha ha! Nothing that starts with, “When my kid was eating the organic, homemade duck sauce I made and said he loved it”.-The Dose Girls

  20. Momchalant

    May 13, 2013 at 10:49 am

    My baby slept through the night.. It had me so worried.
    My baby took to breast feeding so easily and it doesn’t hurt.. I don’t see what all the other moms complain about.

  21. Mom of a dragon

    May 13, 2013 at 10:49 am

    I love this blog.
    I respectfully disagree…

    Maybe don’t post these things Anna, however have a safe friend to say them to. A very close friend who won’t pass judgement on you for saying them. Parenting is a ruff job…

    having a LIST is NORMAL…It is how often you ADD to the list that is the thing.
    When our son died from ARPKD, we found ourselves wishing and longing for all the stuff parents would complain about… (No sleep, crying, fussiness,loss of freedom…)
    We don’t have the “list.”

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  23. christie

    May 13, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    I have had to bite my tongue on more than one occasion!

  24. Practical Mama

    May 13, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    Similar to #6, anything that starts with my mom helping us taking care of the kids, cooking and cleaning up, but doing something in a way that I wouldn’t do.

  25. AJ Collins

    May 13, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    Maybe… “The only vacations we ever get to go on are to Disneyland and a week at my parents’ Beach House, because other people pay for them, I never get any “adventure”‘

  26. Katrina Goode

    May 14, 2013 at 12:02 am

    Love the list!
    @Christie, and only if they are playing in traffic while watching porn and drinking whisky 😛
    Disclaimer: just kidding. Someone would have a fight on their hands if they let me daughter play in traffic,or watch porn. But seriously,you gotta put the kid to bed somehow. It’s what liquor stores were invented for!
    Disclaimers disclaimer: again just kidding! I don’t even go for the benadryl or Nyquil thing. All those chemicals just for a few hours sleep? Not worth it to me.

  27. Michele

    May 14, 2013 at 12:08 am

    I’ve been in pajamas all week.- I would have killed for pjs all week when I was working full time! Also, I complained when the dog followed the baby around and “cleaned up” every time baby spit up. Gross!!!

  28. Hannah @Supermommy!...Or Not

    May 14, 2013 at 8:43 am

    My sister: “My 2 kids finish a whole can of vegetables at every meal. It’s so hard to buy enough for them!”
    FYI, my kids are THE WORST eaters ever. My then-1-year-old son once went almost a year without touching a single vegetable and lost weight because he stopped eating almost entirely.

  29. Stephanie

    May 14, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    Great list…. It bugs me when people update their statuses with every detail. like “OMG I”m so tired, baby woke up three times last night!!” Um hello, he’s 2 weeks old that’s what he’s supposed to do. I’ve been a single parent since day 1 so I just don’t have much sympathy for people. My darling 6 y.o. drives me bonkers regularly but I’m not going to complain to the world about it. She’s 6 so she’s doing what she’s suppose to do;-)

  30. Frugalistablog

    May 15, 2013 at 12:18 am

    Probably shouldn’t add, “It bugs me when my husband wants to cook, he always uses such fancy ingredients.”

  31. Vicky

    May 15, 2013 at 12:37 am

    I had such a hard time finding some outfits to wear for my weekend away. And I shopped ALL DAY! I had to find somthing since I wore all the stuff I have last weekend when we went out of town.

  32. JD Bailey @ Honest Mom

    May 15, 2013 at 11:48 am

    “God, I can’t believe we have to go to Disney AGAIN. Every freakin’ year!”

    Seriously? SERIOUSLY????

  33. beth

    June 3, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    NEVER tell other women about your labor if it was under 4 hours…ever. I learned that the hard way.

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