Regular readers won’t be surprised to learn this is the same M. from "blood lemonade." Evidently she’s one of those “I hate every single freakin’ child on this planet except for my own” type of moms. I think a lot of parents out there can relate to that sentiment — and usually I can understand why. Other people’s kids suck. Yours don’t. I get it. But M. just seems like a bitch.
However, it’s not her bitchery that I want to focus on. I’d rather hone in on my latest pet peeve: The Mama Bear Syndrome. It seems like some moms have started saying "mama bear" to excuse themselves from just about everything. Paranoid about sending your 5-year-old off to school
because of dependency issues? It’s just that fuzzy Mama Bear coming out! Feeling angry that other kids get first pick for a sports team because you think your child is better than they are? That’s just bein’ a Mama Bear concerned for her child’s acceptance among peers! It’s like every goddamn thing a parent complains about is attributed to The Mama Bear Syndrome. Including “getting into a fight with a fat child on the playground.” It’s nauseating, and worse than that, it’s entirely made up.
Learn some manners, M., and stop giving yourself a pass because you’re trying “to protect your cubs.” It’s not cute, it’s not excusable and it makes you sound like a violent animal.
(submitted by Anonymous)