Stuff Real Moms Do: Confessions in the No-Judge Zone

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People are always telling us moms how to do things. Everyone has an opinion on how to parent and what makes you a good mom, and no one is shy about sharing it.

Everything from what you feed your children to how much time you spend with them is scrutinized and commented on, and sadly, as moms, we often feel judged more often than we feel accepted.

Today is Acceptance Day, ladies!

I reached out to my Facebook community, where we have a strict #nojudgezone, and asked for mom confessions. We outted ourselves for the greater good: to let moms everywhere know that there are some things we all do in the name of sanity.

Check out these guilt-free, no-judgment mom confessions, and then feel free to pop over and share yours, too!

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“When my toddler would fall asleep in the car, I'd pull it into the garage and roll down the windows and sit in it and read because that was better than waking him during the transfer.” –DudeMom

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“I bought my daughter 20 pairs of the same socks so I never have to worry about finding a match. Or folding them.” -Carrie

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“I hide in the pantry and eat cookies, chips, or candy because I don't want to share.” -Nicole

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“When mine were younger, if we ran out of milk during the day, I would go through a drive-thru and order like six individual milks just to avoid taking them all in a grocery store.” -Jessica

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“My son fell asleep five minutes into a 30-minute drive home. An hour and a half later, later I stopped driving.” -Keri

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“Every bad thing that happens (the “favorite” McDonald's toy that's missing, candy that's all gone, etc.), I blame on their father. Even if it was totally and completely my fault.” #imthegoodparent -Kendra

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“I've told him that I'm on an important call for work (so he has to be quiet or in the other room) when I'm actually just trying to catch the end of an episode of Serial.” -Lizz, Am I a Funny Girl?

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“I tell my son that it is a law that he has to eat his entire happy meal before I can legally give him his toy, and that after the sun goes down, McD's indoor playground closes, and if we get caught in there, they will ban us from the restaurant. I really can't handle tons of screaming running-around kids, which is also why I avoid other kids' b-day parties.” -Breonna

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“We go to the YMCA every day in the summer for the free childcare for two hours. Some days, I read a book in the sauna and relish taking a shower by myself — without working out first.” -Collen

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“I lie to my 2-year-old almost every day. When he goes to bed, he wants the overhead light on in his room to watch a video and/or for me to lie with him. I tell him the light is burnt out and I need to go look for one, I have to find the DVD he wants, or I have to find my phone before I lie down. Then I go watch TV or do something without any kids and hope that he falls asleep before he realizes I never came back.” -Jennifer

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Stuff Real Moms Do: Confessions in the No-Judge Zone

Amanda has been wowing the Internet since 2008 when she launched her pretty-much-useless guide for parents, parenting BY dummies. As it turns out, her parenting advice is not generally useful for more than a good laugh, but sometimes that’s exactly what you need! Amanda spends her offline time (which is embarrassingly limited) running a photography business, working as a social media director for a local magazine, writing freelance articles about stuff she loves, wrangling her 3 little Dudes ... More

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