Too tired to cook/argue/care? ‘Scary Mommy’ confessions from exhausted moms
You know you’re tired when your preteen son steals your (ahem) naughty book and hides it under his mattress — and you can’t even muster up the energy to call him out on it.
That’s Charlotte’s confession.
“I literally was too exhausted to even pretend to care,” she says, with a laugh.
In addition to being a mother of two, the Denver mom also coaches a women’s sports team — so she’s got double the reasons for being tired. But mommy exhaustion is as guaranteed — and as painful — as encountering stray Legos on the stairs in the middle of the night. (In fact, the Huffington Post recently reported women can suffer serious physical and psychological problems when they don’t get enough sleep.)
And the March of Dimes calls it “new mom fatigue” (except it doesn’t seem to go away when you’re no longer a new mom, does it?)
One Colorado mom admits she has crawled into bed with her daughter to take a nap, only, her daughter still sleeps in a crib. Another mom says she’s ashamed to admit it, but she sometimes falls asleep playing My Little Ponies with her daughter, even when she’s the only adult at home.
Some call these “Scary Mommy Confessions” — things no one wants to admit, but many of us can relate to. Maybe that’s why the website that started honest mommy discussions, Scary Mommy, is so popular. In fact, Jill Smokler, the founder of the blog, released Motherhood Comes Naturally (and Other Vicious Lies), her second book last month. Find it on Amazon.com for $11.98 (on sale).
Smokler’s first book, Confessions of a Scary Mommy, was a New York Times bestseller. Amid Smokler’s confessions: “Sometimes I just let my children fall asleep in front of the TV.” And: “I clock out of motherhood at 8 p.m., and hide in the basement with my laptop and a beer.“
Inspired by Smokler’s new book, we opened up the platform for other mommy confessions on the topic of being tired. Underneath all of the laughter, shaking heads, empathy and even shame is the message that Smokler promotes: No mother is perfect, and your kids will be OK; don’t judge other moms; and keep laughing.
Here are some of our favorite original ShopAtHome.com reader confessions. Feel free to share yours below. Or, to submit them to Scarymommy.com; just click the “confess” button.
Mommy is tired because:
- “… She was up late last night watching Good Luck Charlie — alone.” – Andi, Longmont, Colo.
- “… She spent hours scrubbing the word ‘fart’ in your handwriting off of the glass table.” – Rachel, Denver
- “… She drank a whole bullet of wine last night.” – Natalie, Detroit
- “… She was on Facebook past her bedtime, doing nothing useful.” – Britney, Denver
Mommy is too tired to:
- “… Put your underwear back on for the 90th time before we go to the grocery store. Let’s hope you don’t catch cart fungus, because I’m too tired to explain that to your doctor.” – Lindsay, Windsor, Colo.
- “… Care that you just drank bubbles.” – Lupita M., Longmont, Colo.
- “… Make dinner. What do you want on the pizza?” – Monica, Thornton, Colo.
- “… Argue with you. Sure, you can wear pajamas to school. They’re clean.” – Rebecca, Denver
- “… Play. Go watch Yo Gabba Gabba and please, please, please stop talking. Please.” – Michaela, Denver
- “… Care that the batteries have ‘accidentally’ fallen out of your favorite obnoxious toy!” – Hannah, Longmont
- “… Chide the boy about sticking his hand down his pants in front of company.” – Marie, Arvada, Colo.
- “… Worry about the fact you fell asleep in your macaroni and cheese. Sleep tight, princess.” – Beth, Arvada, Colo.
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