Let's face it, we've all had our fair share of experiences with the "bad mom." You've heard of her. You know her. You've been judged for being her.
Screw it. Let's go ahead and celebrate her. Or at least commiserate with her struggle.
1. The "I Love My Booze" Mom
Culturally, the drinking mom has been embraced. Many a caregiver unwinds at the end of the day (aka: wine o'clock) with a glass of buttery Chardonnay or a crisp Sauvignon Blanc, but few are depicted hanging out in dimly lit bars or downing shots of Patrón, because that would be crossing the line from "good" mom to "bad" mom.
While that kind of behavior was totes fine pre-baby—and never a problem for men, no matter their child status—apparently, once you procreate you aren't supposed to engage in such behavior.
2. The "I Drop Off My Kids in My PJs" Mom
There are those moms who "dress" for drop-off, making sure their accessories perfectly accent their ensemble. There are the moms who show up in their Lululemon gear or in crisp business casual. Then? There are those who have no f*#ks to give and come wearing their PJs. We salute those bold and comfy moms.
3. The "I Brought Store-Bought Baked Goods" Mom
The school bake sale can seem like an episode of "The Great British Baking Show," with moms competing to see who creates that most awe-inspiring cupcakes or healthiest vegan oatmeal cookies. Then there is the "ran out of f*#ks" mom. She went to her local Safeway and picked up a dozen donuts, saving time and money. Smart move, lady, smart move.
4. The “So What If I Bought My Kid’s Halloween Costume at Target” Mom
If you have spent more than a minute on Pinterest, you know that there are some crazy crafty moms out there who spend hours carefully creating (by hand) one-of-a-kind items for their children. The one day of the year where this tendency is on full display is Halloween. The "ran out of f*#ks" mom doesn't flock to Pinterest—she heads out to Target, Wal-Mart or Costco and grabs a costume off the racks. She would congratulate herself for selecting the right size and a character her kids might actually like, but remember? No f*#ks, not even for that.
5. The "I Swear Like a Sailor" Mom
It's hard to not let the occasional f-bomb or s-word slip out in earshot of the wee ones. It happens. The "I've ran out of f#*ks" mom may have run out of f#*ks—but not verbally. Those, she has tons of.
6. The “Yup, We’re Having Take-Out Again” Mom
Not every mom has the bandwidth or inclination to create culinary masterpieces for her family's dinner. She might not even have the bandwidth or inclination to heat up mac 'n' cheese. The "ran out of f*#ks" mom isn't one to spend time over the hot stove if it's not something she enjoys. Instead, she has someone else do it. Bring on the menus!
7. The "I Went Out on a Date Night After Having a Baby" Mom
I don't know about you, but I didn't get the memo that post-baby, you're not allowed to leave the house without the child. Chrissy Teigen apparently didn't get that memo either, since she dared to go on a date night 10 days after having a baby. She confronted backlash on Twitter and responded with, "I went to dinner. People are pissed. Good morning!" Yeah, bad moms go out to eat. They're crazy!
8. The "So What if the House is a Mess" Mom
We all can't be Martha Stewart. If company is coming over, just shove what you can in the closet, under the bed and under the couch. Anyway, if you have no f*#ks to give, you can't even figure out what's wrong with a messy house. As long as your kids are fed, clothed and getting love, having a dirty kitchen floor or laundry on the floor won't hurt them.
9. The “This is My Sexy Bra” Mom
Not only are there expectations in our society that you're supposed to be a "perfect" mom but that you're supposed to hold on to the "sexy" while you're at it. Underneath your mom uniform, you might be wearing grannie panties and a bland bra. And you know what? There is NOTHING WRONG WITH THAT. Comfort is king. No f*#ks.
10. The "Totally Admit My Kids Aren’t Perfect" Mom
Honesty seems to be an attribute that all "no f#*ks to give" moms share. Those perfect women all seem to be in denial that the world, their lives and especially their children aren't perfect. No one is. That's not how life goes. If you have no f*#ks, you tell the truth, even when it comes to offspring who struggle with school or steal money from a homeless lady.
I don't know about you, but I think I'd rather hang out with a "bad mom" any day.
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