I saw this post on another site, and couldn’t resist sharing it. Which Mom are you?
- The Perfectionist Mother — whose family must look perfect in every way
- The Unpredictable Mother – whose ups and downs can create lifelong anxiety and depression in her son or daughter
- The “Me First” Mother — whose children come second or last
- The “Best Friend” Mother — who’s now in vogue but can wreak havoc
- The Complete Mother – who provides guidance and shows compassion to her child
I love my mom! But she was — and is — rather unpredictable. Now I’m on Celexa, haha. Kidding! But she was also a “best friend” type who didn’t care if I went to CBGB the summer I was 15 as long as I didn’t talk to any sailors in town for Fleet Week “because they’ve been at sea a long time.” She also provided plenty of guidance and compassion. So are there really five styles of mothering? Maybe. But my list would be more like this:
- The Clueless Mom — who really believes you were “studying” when you come home with grass on your back and doesn’t know what that pretty glass vase in your room is really for
- The Alarmist Mom — who thinks the desks at school might be made with carcinogenic materials and wonders if your moles are “growing” and assumes you’re dead if you don’t call exactly at 11p.m.
- The Mean Mom — who grounds you first, asks questions later. Hates your boyfriends, tells you you’re going nowhere fast. New friends come over once and never again. Capable of withering plants with a single gaze.
- The Old-Country Mom — who was born elsewhere and uses you as an interpreter, ambassador and errand-runner. Understands more English than she lets on but pretends not to. Just wants you to marry a nice boy.
- The Stage Mom — who pushes you into fame but hates being left behind; wants to share (or steal) the spotlight.