Mommy Moment – Rachel Style

That’s right! It’s time for another Mommy Moment at the Monster! If you’re not sure what a Mommy Moment at the Monster is, head over and read all about how Mommy Moments at the Monster came to be.

So let’s welcome Rachel from Mommy Needs a Vacation! Rachel is a mommy of two and is a California girl like myself. We also have similar personalities and thoughts on parenting. We originally became friends through Twitter, and I was lucky enough to meet her at BlogHer in August, and can’t wait to meet up with her again in Vegas next year for Bloggy Boot Camp! She is also a wine lover like myself, but unlike me, she actually is extremely knowledgeable about wine and even lucky enough to write a wine column over at Momtastic!

Go grab a cup of coffee and a donut, ahem, I mean a low-fat muffin, or depending on the time of the day maybe some wine and chocolate, and sit back and enjoy the story!


If you know me at all, you know that I have a hard edge. I don’t like frilly crap. I am not sappy. What you see is what you get.

My children are still learning this about me. Kids, are you listening? What you see is what you get. I am not going to miraculously change my mind and let you have ice cream for breakfast. Also, when I ask you to stop bashing the ground with your favorite truck (50x) and then you finally bash your hand? I am not going to care.

Because I told you so.

I love my children, but they drive me totally insane. One minute, we are having a wonderful time enjoying books together. The next minute? They are plummeting each other. I separate. Scold gently.

We begin our activity again.

More plummeting.

I separate. Scold gently.

Rinse and repeat.

Motherhood is exhausting, and that my friend, is an understatement.

I used to think that I should make an effort to be nicer to my children. However, I then decided that I am not supposed to be their friend. I am their mother. My job is to raise happy, healthy, independent children that can one day function without me. I may not be a sappy, nice mother, but I am a damn good one. Also? I am FUN. I think all of the dance parties I host in my kitchen more than make up for not caring when they smash their hand with a truck, after I told them to stop (50x).

Here are just a few Mommy Monster things I do…on a regular basis.

~ When my kids fall off of the outdoor kiddie table, after I told them to get down (50x), I have to bite my tongue not to laugh…and sometimes? I actually do laugh. I told them to get down.

~ There are many, many days that I wonder what my life would be like if I didn’t have children. Do you think I am a monster of a mommy to think that?

~ If we are at a friend’s house for dinner or at a birthday party and my kids have not eaten the main meal, I have no problem telling them they may not have dessert or cake. Sorry kid. I told you to eat. You can scream, cry and throw a fit in the corner. I will never give in.

~ Back-to-School is my FAVORITE TIME OF THE YEAR. It is like Christmas for children, candy for fat people. When my son started preschool this year for the 1st time, it meant that BOTH kids were in school for 4 hours twice a week. I was beyond ecstatic. So much so that when my son cries, carries on and throws a fit when I drop him off, I could care less. Why? Because I know that within 5 minutes, he will be just fine. I skip out of the classroom door with a giant smile on my face, whistling Dixie! After all, it is my time to get in a good workout and shop at Nordstroms before pick up time.

~ Experts say that TV is bad for kids. Well, yeah…if you let them watch Aliens vs. Predators. My kids? Watch a lot of TV. It is mostly educational but they love a good Disney movie. I am sure many people might think that I am a monster of a mommy to let them watch so much TV. But I mean, seriously. How else am I supposed to blog, check Twitter and Facebook?

{Do you have Mommy Monster Moments like me? As in…every day?}


Thank you for sharing these moments Rachel, and for being honest about had frustrating motherhood can be. I respect so much that you tell the truth about your real feelings, even if others might think that those same thoughts make you a mommy monster! And that part about TV? I’m in the same boat 😉

By you sharing your thoughts on mommyhood with us, you are reminding us all that it’s a hard job, it’s challenging, and we can’t always be the good guy…being in the business of raising responsible, respectable people isn’t easy!

There’s no manual out there for what we do, so sharing stories like this helps us all learn from each other.

Now head over to Rachel’s place Mommy Needs a Vacation and if you are new there, make sure to tell her that I sent you! And if you’re a wino like we are, make sure to go read her wine column at Momtastic!


  1. Mrs. Wonder says:
    I do not admit how much tv my son sometime watches. But he is growing and learning through it at least ( he's learned the concept of hide and seek through Mickey Mouse. Love the clubhouse!) And I've also laughed when my kid has run into stuff.
  2. Yes with the playing nicely then the sudden smackdowns! Drives me crazy! My twins just started preschool this year, and twice a week it s heaven only having to deal with their little sister. What i love/hate is when their dad diciplines them and they look at me with those sad puppy dog eyes...part of me wants to swoop in and console, but the other part has to give them that "sorry!" look.
  3. I love this. This is so me, sometimes I also laugh when my kid hurts himself doing something I told him a bazillion times not to do. It's kinda like Mommystyle Darwinism.
  4. Oh yes! The whole TV thing. My kids watch TV, play games, and so forth. Those times when they are doing that, I can get some peace and quiet.
  5. Thanks so much for having me here today Natalie!
  6. I am so glad that I'm not the only one the say "I told ya so" when my kids fall after being told (50x) to stop doing something. Back to school should be a national holiday for parents.
  7. LoL. Cracked up reading this as I have and still feel everything said. Does that make me a Monster too? If so, looks like I'm in great company! LoL
  8. I love you, girl. What you see is absolutely what you get! Your kids really did luck out in the mommy department. ;) And you're're their mother first, friend second.
  9. Ah, Rachel, we are SO much alike!
  10. Rachel, you are my kind of mommy!
  11. I totally laugh when they hurt themselves after being told a zillion times to "stop doing that or you will hurt yourself!" I also find their temper tantrums over nothing in particular hilarious. They also watch too much tv (mostly teaching shows though) and I CANNOT wait till they are both in school.
  12. Love this post from you Rachel, as you know I'm sort of a sap but, with that said, my kids don't get away with much of anything. Whining gets you no where in my house. After this many kids I'm totally immune.
  13. My kids watch a fair amount of tv too during certain times of the year, especially when it's too damn hot to go outside. I can only do puzzles and painting and play-doh so much. And you know what? My mom had soap operas on all day when I was growing up. At least here it's PBS, Disney or Nick Jr. And you're no monster... I've met you and I know... :)
  14. This is my favorite Monster Moment yet. I was nodding my head in agreement the whole time... on the verge of shouting AMEN when it was done and you asked if I had them. JUST this morning... it was rainy and dreary and if I were in college I would have skipped all of my classes and watched 90210 reruns all day. That's what I thought of while making breakfast, buttoning pants, changing diapers... wondering what it would be like.
  15. I feel bad. I left JDaniel have a cupcake yesterday for breakfast and counted it as a bread and cereal.
  16. a mommy after my own heart. I skip out of daycare, of course I then go to work (BOO) but it still means that I have 11 hours of not listening to "mom, mom?, mommeeeeeeeeeeee" and I have let them watch Disney and have yogurt for dinner for 2 nights in a row...and if they fall..I tell them "GOOD FALL" , I rub boo boos, but not if I told you get down 20 times. I totally needed this giggle..thank you again!
  17. I am right there with you on most. Except I am not consistently a hard ass. I give sometimes when I've already said no. So basically I don't think you are a monster but rather should give me some lessons on being more mean :)
  18. LOVE THIS!! I totally have the "I Told You So" look down! Oh and Back To School, might as well be called "Back To Sanity" for me!!
  19. LOL of course I can now picture these words coming out of Rachel's pouty little mouth while balancing a glass in one hand and waving the other in the air to the beat of something wild aka. met her at Blogher ;) LOVE it!
  20. Phew so glad to hear I am not the only one who says "Hey I told you so, I have no sympathy for you what so ever" This was awesome Rachel! You rock!
  21. The only thing that I can do about this post is give it a stand ovation!
  22. Candy for fat people. I can't get past it. I think we would have a fine time ignoring our children together.
  23. Well, it took me forever to get over here but of course Rachel makes it SO worth it!! Love, love her snark and her take on motherhood...and wine, of course!
  24. I think she's my twin. I was just thinking yesterday how I let the Crazies do a lot of "dangerous" things so they can learn their lessons...glad I'm not alone.


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