Momfessions: The Things Not Told At Dinner

Momfessions: The Things Not Told At Dinner

The Good, the bad, the ugly.
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As a mom, there are a ton of things going on in my life every day. Sometimes I yell, I've spanked and I've forgotten one of the girls in the corner only to come back to find them asleep. Many moms have done a ton of things they're not proud of. Here's a quick list of confessions from some honest mommas.

1. My kids are trippin.

It was one of those days and I lost all patience. My oldest was trying to wrestle the youngest, trying to pick her up by her hair, trying to smother her and was screaming all day. She suddenly started running circles around my youngest when I thought about just sticking my foot out and tripping her. Before I knew it, I had and she fell on her face. She didn't cry, but I did. - Niki C.


2. Clean up in aisle three!

I called poison control when my son ate all my lipstick. Then we went to Kroger afterward. I was told he would be fine, but we got to the juice section and he hurled like no other. Of course it was red so some old lady called 911 thinking it was blood. I could have crawled under a bin. - Michelle L.


3. Late night snacker.

I love my chocolate ice cream and chocolate frosted donuts way too much. So most nights I wait until my kids are asleep to eat my ice cream so I don't have to share. I typically "sneak eat" my donuts. I'm more generous with them than I am ice cream. No shame. - Brittany B.


4. Code Adam.

I'm biracial. When my daughter was a baby, she had blonde curly hair, the exact opposite of me. I breastfed her so if we were ever out in public and she would start having a meltdown for milk, I'd rush to the nearest bathroom to feed her. I was always afraid that someone would accuse me of kidnapping a child. Fourteen years later and the kid finally looks like me. - Dushawn D.


5. Spoiled candy.

I have eaten the last piece of candy and told my toddler that it went bad so mommy had to dispose of it for him. - Leah B.


6. They don't make that.

When batteries die in our house, the toy dies too. I refuse to replace batteries. - Hannah G.

7. Diaper duty

If my husand is only a few minutes away on his way home, I'll save the poopy diaper chance for him and act like I didn't know about it. - Misty O.

8. Surprise visit



When I was younger, my mom told me we were going somewhere and it was a surprise. I was so excited and looking forward to it all day. She took me to the health department to get shots. I remember being so disappointed. - Emily N.

9. Elf NOT on the shelf

I told my kids their Elf on the Shelf ran away. All because I don't want to stay committed to moving the thing every night. - Danielle L.

10. Conviently closed

McDonald's is closed for cleaning...99% of the time when we pass it. - Nickie M.

11. Blame it on the hormones.


When my 3rd child was a few days old, my breasts were engorged...hard as rocks. I couldn't even lift them to put my bra on. My 4-year-old daughter was running a fever with a bladder infection. The school called me because my 8-year-old son had run into a tree at recess, and they wanted me to come look at him and see if he was ok to stay at school the rest of the day. So I put a shirt on over my braless, engorged boobs, grabbed my newborn and my sick daughter, and drove to the school. When I saw my son, his eye was so swollen! I just busted out bawling in the school office. I know they thought I was a lunatic. I finally calmed down, and I got all three of my kids loaded up in the car. When I went to put my seatbelt on, I saw the big wet circles on my shirt where my boobs had leaked...I just sat in the parking lot and cried! - Tara C.


The next time you find yourself shocked at your own actions towards or at your children, know you're not alone. We all have been bad moms and have awful confessions to back us up. Crap happens, that's why we have an abudence of baby wipes in every diaper bag.

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If You've Ever Been Called Overly-Emotional Or Too Sensitive, This Is For You

Despite what they have told you, it's a gift.
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Emotional: a word used often nowadays to insult someone for their sensitivity towards a multitude of things.

If you cry happy tears, you're emotional. If you express (even if it's in a healthy way) that something is bothering you, you're sensitive. If your hormones are in a funk and you just happen to be sad one day, you're emotional AND sensitive.

Let me tell you something that goes against everything people have probably ever told you. Being emotional and being sensitive are very, very good things. It's a gift. Your ability to empathize, sympathize, and sensitize yourself to your own situation and to others' situations is a true gift that many people don't possess, therefore many people do not understand.

Never let someone's negativity toward this gift of yours get you down. We are all guilty of bashing something that is unfamiliar to us: something that is different. But take pride in knowing God granted this special gift to you because He believes you will use it to make a difference someday, somehow.

This gift of yours was meant to be utilized. It would not be a part of you if you were not meant to use it. Because of this gift, you will change someone's life someday. You might be the only person that takes a little extra time to listen to someone's struggle when the rest of the world turns their backs.

In a world where a six-figure income is a significant determinant in the career someone pursues, you might be one of the few who decides to donate your time for no income at all. You might be the first friend someone thinks to call when they get good news, simply because they know you will be happy for them. You might be an incredible mother who takes too much time to nurture and raise beautiful children who will one day change the world.

To feel everything with every single part of your being is a truly wonderful thing. You love harder. You smile bigger. You feel more. What a beautiful thing! Could you imagine being the opposite of these things? Insensitive and emotionless?? Both are unhealthy, both aren't nearly as satisfying, and neither will get you anywhere worth going in life.

Imagine how much richer your life is because you love other's so hard. It might mean more heartache, but the reward is always worth the risk. Imagine how much richer your life is because you are overly appreciative of the beauty a simple sunset brings. Imagine how much richer your life is because you can be moved to tears by the lessons of someone else's story.

Embrace every part of who you are and be just that 100%. There will be people who criticize you for the size of your heart. Feel sorry for them. There are people who are dishonest. There are people who are manipulative. There are people who are downright malicious. And the one thing people say to put you down is "you feel too much." Hmm...

Sounds like more of a compliment to me. Just sayin'.

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Blocking Toxic Family Members Can Be Just What You Needed

It isn't an easy choice but it can be the most rewarding.

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I haven't written for the Odyssey in quite some time due to this large issue in my life that I feel some people may also need to hear. Watching your parents go through a divorce can be difficult in itself, but what about having to remove one of your parents from your life at the same time? It's something I don't think many people could imagine doing. However, sometimes you are forced into the position between choosing what is best for your mental health or what is expected of you. For me, I realized that I needed to put myself first.

I realized that I am my own person. How I present myself and how I act and what I choose to believe in is how the world perceives me. I was faced with a parent who did not let me be who I am. The way I thought had to be in line with theirs. What I openly spoke about had to be in line with that parent's thoughts. This also, in turn, meant I had to revolve how I was perceived to the world around that parent's family. I had to abide by these societal norms and do what someone else expected of me. I realized that was ludicrous.

This parent was also abusive. They were toxic and manipulative and I could not stand idly by and just take that from them while also trying to become an independent young adult. I was forced to sit and watch one of my parents transform into someone I didn't recognize anymore. I had to watch them ignore any kind of reality checks and continue to feign innocence. I watched one of my parents mentally manipulate people I once called family into believing lies. I kept my head down and shut my mouth and kept taking the abuse. Now I'm at a point where I can confidently say that I am no longer afraid.

I was forced to cut ties with a parent that raised me, cared for me, attended school functions, fixed toys, bought me my first phone. I was forced to chuck out priceless memories for my own sanity. I could not sit idly by and allow myself to endure one more second of lies or abuse. I had to stand up for myself for once in my life and I blocked most of my family. I blocked cousins, aunts, uncles, and godparents. I changed my phone number that I had since 6th grade. I gave no warning and disappeared from my family's lives. Do I have regrets? No. I would do it again if I had to because I am so much stronger than sitting there and taking it.

I will have one less parent at my college graduation, which I am fighting so hard to achieve. I will have one less parent at my wedding. My future children will have one less grandparent. I mope in these thoughts but then I have to remember the other side of things. I will not have an unsupportive parent at my graduation and instead will have those that were there every step of the way. I will lack someone who was toxic at my wedding. My future children will never have to face the same abusive, toxic situations that my parent put me through. It was a difficult decision to make but one that I know in my heart is worthwhile.

Cutting a family member out of your life is difficult enough but cutting a parent is unimaginable. However, no one deserves to go through abusive situations. It shouldn't matter who the person is; if someone is treating you less than you deserve to be treated, they have no use being in your life. You should always be your first priority. You should never have to endure something for the sake of others. I am here to tell you that you are more than that and that cutting out a family member could actually be the best thing for you, even if it's incredibly difficult. I did it and I'm still here. It made me realize who my real family was, and there will never be enough thank you's in the world to show my mother just how much I appreciate her.

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