That Mom

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I know “That Mom”, like I actually know her. 

I first met her back when she was just a newlywed, seemingly the kind of girl without That Mom tendencies.  Today, and one child later, she’s evolved into That Mom.  You know, the mom who knows better than everyone.  Nevermind the fact that every child is different, nevermind the fact that I’ve been a mother longer, nevermind, nevermind, nevermind; she simply knows better. 

It came as no surprise when she told me her 3 year old son eats only organic.  It came as no surprise when she told me she’s raising him sugar-free.  It came as no surprise when she gave him an unusual name and spelled it with lots of silent letters.  Her son is smart and sweet but I fear for his normalcy in the wake of That Mom.  

That Mom doesn’t know much about my children, probably because she never asks.  Maybe it’s better that way since she’s already told me my choices to circumcise and immunize were “unfortunate”.

It’s hard to like That Mom.

Now That Mom is pregnant again with the worst morning sickness, worst migraines and most severe exhaustion ever experienced in the history of pregnancy.  Aside from her obvious martyrdom, she has the most amazing husband who has ever husbanded, has the best OB who ever OB’d and will give birth at the highest-ranked hospital this side of the Mississippi. 

She suffers more, knows more and mothers better than you do, I do, or anybody do.

But what do you even do with a mom like this?  Sure, I try to limit my exposure to That Mom but there are times when planning my escape is an impossibility.  I suspect she’s unaware that she’s That Mom because she told me recently making friends with fellow moms was difficult.  I simply couldn’t bring myself to tell her why that might be.    

Do you know That Mom?


  1. This is actually a little funny! Reason is I always get stuck with “that mom” initially, then I avoid her like the plague.

  2. I think some of these moms might just have a misconception of what a mom should be – they think you’re supposed to talk like you got it all under control. Of course there are those who are consciously obnoxious, but her saying she finds it hard to make mommyfriends actually make me feel bad for her. Like, some people just didn’t get the memo that it’s ok to be unperfect.

  3. Mom’s like that deserve our sympathy. They are clearly unhappy and not confident. The only way they can appear to be the opposite is my bragging. Just smile and move on.

  4. I know her too! Ugh!

  5. Girl, you know you love me! 🙂

  6. Argh. Moms like that SUCK. ARGH ARGH ARGH!!!!

  7. THAT MOM that I know is also a brand dropper (I just can only wear Tori Burch shoes because my feet are narrow, I only wear Joe’s Jeans because I have small hips, etc.)She is also TV free in her house. Our girls are in preschool together…and will go to elementary school together next year. Going to find something to love about her though.

  8. Mommyfriend says:

    Girl!  You bad.

  9. Mommyfriend says:

    Irene, she doesn’t know about this blog because she never lets me get a word in edge-wise!

  10. I didn’t know you were friends with my sister-in-law! 🙂

  11. I’m assuming “That Mom” doesn’t subscribe to this blog? LOL! I have yet to meet one of these lovely breeds, but I’m sure I will one day.

  12. I DO know that mom!!!!!!! And it’s exhausting having a conversation with her! ‘That Mom’ in my case tends to remember details waaaay better than I do…even about MY OWN KIDS!! GREAT post! =)

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