Most moms have those stories about what sweet little angels their children are…how their precious baby girl just said the most darling thing last week! Or how their toddler son went potty all by himself and then came out and said something adorable like, “I big boy like Daddy!” Yeah, well, I don’t have any stories like that. Angeline’s always been a handful! Now that she’s older (she’s 16), she’s a totally normal teenager, but oh boy, back in the day? I spent most Thanksgiving mornings wrestling her to the ground, trying to get her dressed as she pulled my hair and tried to scratch out my eyes, while also trying to prevent her from tipping over the pot of boiling water and potatoes into herself. You know, because she had to have mashed potatoes RIGHT NOW. I can laugh about it now, but it wasn’t so funny while it was happening. I always knew that I didn’t fit the typical “Mommy” mold because I didn’t have the typical child, but it wasn’t until I found NickMom.com that I realized…THERE ARE OTHERS LIKE ME.
Real moms, real kids, real stories – and REAL laughs. Parenting is serious business, no doubt. But let’s get real; if you don’t laugh every now and then, you’re going to end up spending next Thanksgiving running down the street in your bathrobe screaming, “I can’t take it anymore!”
Or is that just my own personal fantasy? Come on, I can’t be the only one!!
I found out about NickMom.com about a year ago. I’m an 80’s kid, so I grew up watching Nickelodeon. I think it’s pretty neat that my favorite television station as a child (and teenager) now has programming for me as an adult. Talk about coming full circle, right? Of course, there’s more than just the television programming! You can get your laugh on by checking out the #MotherFunny NickMom.com website too!
You probably got a little nervous when you saw that “MotherF…” right? Don’t worry. I might not be June Cleaver, but I keep this blog so squeaky clean that even the Beaver wouldn’t blush reading it.
When I started writing this post, I sat down and started thinking back to some of the funny moments we’ve had as a family on past Thanksgivings.
Thinking back, I started laughing because it occurred to me, most of our MotherFunny moments centered around Angeline calling me out on something…
Here’s an example: I almost always make side dishes and desserts for Thanksgiving, and we take them to my parent’s houses, where we serve a potluck style dinner for the entire family. I usually make everything for our little family, while Chris and Angeline sleep in, watch TV, etc. By the time I’m done slaving over the hot stove and the dishes are prepared, it’s time to go and I’ve often had to skip a shower (yeah, after sweating over the stove all morning…kind of gross), just get dressed and run out the door to make it to dinner on time.
One year, we’re sitting around the table eating Thanksgiving dinner (my side dishes were amazing as always) and someone mentions that something smells weird. Without a moment’s hesitation, Angeline blurts out, “It’s probably my mom because she didn’t take a bath today.”
Happy Thanksgiving to me, right?
Of course, it’s not always crazy embarrassing around the holiday table. Sometimes the kids give us a break and play nice with each other.
If you need a good laugh, or just a distraction from the kids running around, driving you crazy while you’re trying to prepare for your big Thanksgiving dinner next week, check out NickMom’s Thanksgiving Hub!