Sorry about the lack of posts, folks! My computer’s been totally jacked which put my blogging duties on hold, but now I’m back in business!
I figured I’d kick off my return with a classic case of OMS (Obnoxious Mom Syndrome). Laura and her friends seem to be in the midst of a deep struggle with OMS, to the point that they’ve convinced themselves if you don’t allow your child to jump on chairs in Starbucks, you’re an uptight shrew who drinks chardonnay from a water bottle [ed. note: huh? who doesn’t do this?]. I guess to them this approved behavior makes perfect sense, but to me (and everyone else at Starbucks that day) it appears Laura’s had wayyy too many $5 lattes. (Oh, sorry, “Lattes.”)
Being a relaxed parent is important. But that doesn’t mean it’s OK to allow your three-year-old to act like a wild animal on the floor of a popular coffeehouse. For one thing, Starbucks is a place of business where people often go to do actual work (not the kind that involves watching your child crawl around on the floor).
But beyond that, Laura annoys me because she doesn’t think she’s competing in the so-called “mompetition.” By acting “casual” about her kid’s indoors recess hour, she believes she’s above all that antagonistic, superficial stuff. But that’s not really what a mompetition is about. It’s about constant one-upping and feeling the need to prove yourself to strangers at Starbucks and to friends on Facebook. What Laura fails to recognize is that she’s attempting to one-up other parents by choosing not to parent at all. And she’s proud of herself for it!
You know who’s rolling their eyes at a woman like Laura? EVERYONE. It’s not just other moms who think she’s a megabitch for letting her kid treat Starbucks like a jungle gym as she “sips her Latte.” Perhaps if she looked around a little more she would notice that.
PS: How did 14 people “Like” this status update?
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