13 Signs You're The Official 'Mom' Of Your Friend Group, As Told By The Simpsons

13 Signs You're The Official 'Mom' Of Your Friend Group, As Told By The Simpsons

Tissues, portable chargers, food, advice? I've got it all.

There's always that one friend who just seems destined to be a soccer mom, minivan and all. This friend is always there to offer a shoulder to cry on and a listening ear whenever you feel the need to rant. Although annoying at times, you always understand that he or she is only doing so with the best and most comforting interests in mind. There's no shame in being a mom. In fact, embrace it and enjoy the overbearing influence you have on others!

1. You're always the one looking up directions.

Whether you're at Disney Land or on the road on an empty rural road, you always have an old fashion map at hand just in case technology fails to make its mark just at the right time....

2. ... and keeping track of the time

Always early a few minutes but never late, you keep your eyes glued to the clock at all times. As the minutes tick down, the more anxious you get while your friends carry on without a care in the world.

3. ...and picking up your friends for a night out

Unfortunately, it seems like you're the only one with a car, so you're designated anyway... Luckily, you call yourself a reliable driver in the nice and clean Honda Accord.

4. You're always carrying Advil and offering an unlimited supply of tissues.

In that little purse of yours, you miraculously have the entire medicine cabinet with room for an unlimited supply of pocket tissues. So, if your friends are sick, injured or simply feeling down, they're in good hands!

5. You're always cleaning up other people's messes

Whether you're at school, home or at someone else's party, you feel the need to throw that crumpled chip bag on the floor into the trash and perhaps sweep off the pool of spilled popcorn on the couch. No shame, cleanliness for the win!

6. You're becoming everyone's personal adviser, therapist and tutor.

You're always there with a shoulder to cry on, and it seems like your friends always come to you with the deepest and most problematic questions they can think of. Venting is something you're now immune to, but unfortunately for you, you're left with the task of deciding the ultimate decision.

7. You're always lending a few dollars to that one forgetful friend.

As you're the only one with a wallet constantly at hand, you seem to be slowly losing your money by lending a few bucks to your friends for an extra scoop of ice cream or a forgotten tip for the waiters. When you've already gained the reputation as the "mom," make sure to keep several extra ones for yourself!

9. You're always being designated as the photographer of the group.

One, two, three, smile! The flash clicks and the beautiful smiling picture of your friends end up on social media.... without you! Then, the comments spam about how great the picture is, and you're left with a simple tag for creds.

10. You're always attending your friends' events and cheering them on.

Graduations, volleyball matches and musicals are your go-to. With all your friends achieving new heights, it seems like you're celebrating their success more than you celebrate your own, but that's ultimately the beauty of friendship.

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11. You're always the one who's not wearing crop tops and converse.

Somehow, whenever you're out on a group hangout, you end up in a fancy new sweater and brand name Calvin Klein shoes while the rest of your friend group looks like a combo of bohemian models with grunge wardrobes.

12. You're always the one left to make decisions.

When your friend group exchanges those looks of uncertainty, you step up and make the decision for everyone because indecisiveness seems to be a constant problem.

13. You're always the one sending disapproving glances in a public area.

Just to make sure your friends don't get kicked out for being too loud, you seem to jump at the slightest of misbehavior.

Cover Image Credit: Simpsons

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3. "Do you date guys that are shorter than you?"

Any girl who is at least 5'8" will understand these struggles and possibly identify with them on a spiritual level.

1. Dresses not being long enough

Finding dresses for any occasion that will be long enough is like searching for rain in a drought. And when you find one, it's bound to either cost $$$ or not fit another aspect of your body.

2. Heck, pants are never long enough either

You are constantly flooding, or else you rolled up your jeans to look like capris. Unless you special ordered some jeans online in the coveted size LONG or EXTRA LONG, this will forever be your fate.

3. "Do you date guys that are shorter than you?"

This is a personal preference people! Don't assume that a girl will or will not date someone just based on their height difference! Also, don't judge if they aren't interested in someone who is shorter than them!

4. Not wearing heels because you don't enjoy being the skyscraper of the friend group

Wearing heels can be fun buuuuuuuut sometimes towering over everyone else is not our idea of fun.

5. It's hard to find cute shoes that actually fit

You would love to have all those cute little shoes in the clearance section, but most of them barely cover your big toe.

6. Everyone thinks you walk too fast

Short-legged people just can't keep up with you, even though you aren't even walking fast. Like at all.

7. People want to jump on your back

Just because you're tall doesn't give them the license to make you into their personal camel.

8. Never being able to cross your legs underneath desks and tables

You. Can. Not. Get. Comfortable.

9. Awkward hugs

Some people will never understand.

10. Never knowing how to pose in pictures

Should you sorority squat? Pop the hip? Bend the leg? Contort your body to feel like a normal sized human? So hard to decide.

Cover Image Credit: Olivia Willoughby

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Summer = Rest?

Sometimes it feels as if we need a vacation... from our vacation.


Ah summer: Popsicles and sun burns, mixed with fresh-squeezed lemonade that local kids are pandering to make enough money for Roman candles and Black Cats. The crack of the bat can be heard among the simmering charcoal grills and Troy-bilts humming through the ever-lasting sun. School is out and children are wild. It's a paradise.

Or is it?

But after countless sports camps and tournaments, other camps, vacations, school (?) events, traveling teams, VBS, summer seems to have been sucked fun-free.

Maybe it's Hollywood and Harper Lee's fault for giving us this utopian view of what summer should look and feel like (I'm looking at you Sandlot). But how can we really rest this summer? Because everyone needs some actual rest, even adults.

First thing is do NOT pack your summer full. Say no to some things. Coaches and Families can expect too much and it's okay to say no to them. You have to. There is no time for kids to be kids anymore.

Work can take a backseat. Vacations need to be taken. Families need to reconnect.

And for all my super-scheduled people out there, please PLEASE don't schedule out your vacation. Just enjoy it.

Another bit of advice would be to put away the technology and spend some time outside. When was the last time you tried to catch lightning bugs? Or went for a swim? Or listened to birds on your front porch?

I may sound like I have an old soul, but I really feel like we have lost this connection to the outside world. Summer is all about getting a farmer's tan and getting stung once or twice. I can guarantee you that's some of the best therapy in the world.

Maybe this sounds all over the place. Maybe this sounds like me ranting. And it probably is.

But I'm telling you that this stuff matters. Don't let summer whiz by and you arrive in August more drained that you were in May. Enjoy this time with family and friends.

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