The 50 Most Imperfect Moms
Wednesday, March 11th, 2009
The terrific parenting website, Babble, in one of its less tender moments, has put together a list of 50 Moms We Love to Hate. Leading the list is Octomom, Nadya Suleman, immediately followed by a relatively obscure woman named Angelina Jolie—best known for creepily modeling her looks after Nadya’s à la Single White Female. The rest of the ranking is a mix of flawed celebrities and irksome stereotypes, including
• “The mom with too much advice.”
• “The mom who won’t say no to her kid: Meaning you have to. In front of her.”
• “The stay-at-home mom with one child and a nanny.”
• “The gluten-free mom (or trans-fat-free or peanut-free): We’re fine when she packs her own snacks, but why criticize ours? We’re not trying to kill her child, which is why we didn’t offer Taylor a triangle of peanut butter and jelly. And no, our toddler’s fit had nothing to do with all that gluten in his diet.”
And then there’s number 39, Compet-Mom, who appears to have wrangled an advance copy of The Perfect Baby Handbook and taken its thoughtful advice to an unseemly extreme: “Proud of your baby who finally started crawling last night? Competi-mom’s kid just took her first steps. Is 18-month-old Lulu speaking in complete sentences? 15-month-old Bella’s writing them.” Babble’s editors will regret these remarks when Competi-mom stalks them down and kills them for ranking her a mere 39th. Below Naomi Judd?! Below Elizabeth Hasselbeck, and “the AT&T mom who’s obsessed with rollover minutes”? Competi-Mom is not pleased!