STFU Parents: The Joys Of Motherhood

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Like any job, motherhood has its share of ups and downs. But unlike most corporate jobs – or any job with a boss, really – motherhood is the one that women are supposed to cherish and give gratitude for on a daily basis. While it’s normal for overworked executives or assistants to say, “Ugh, I hate my job today!”, mothers tend to do the opposite. Rather than curse their frustrations, some moms feel the urge to feign joy, whether to be funny or out of guilt. After all, it’s wrong to despise your job if your job is looking after your baby…isn’t it? (Real answer: no.) Well, according to some moms on Facebook it is.

And that’s where the expression “The Joys of Motherhood” comes into play. Those four little words creep into more status updates written by moms than I can count. Women cling to them as a humorous way to offset just about any complaint imaginable. Kids screaming on an airplane? The joys of motherhood! Baby experienced a blowout during church? The joys of motherhood! It’s another way of saying, “You don’t know until you’re a mom!”, but with less ‘tude, and using the expression to punctuate a status update allows mothers to vent about practically anything. See what I mean:

Ah, yes. The joys that come with….that.
Does anyone actually believe Michelle is just kidding? Didn’t think so. And that’s okay! Whoever said children pooping in the bath is a fun adventure was lying.
Not the thumb nail!!! Anything but that. You know what they say: A mother’s work, and nails, are never done.
The joys of motherhood involve a trifecta of fluids, none of which are joyful. And speaking of smells…
Ask any mom and she’ll tell you: Luck’s got nothing to do with it.
And ultimately, neither does joy.


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  2. TheSquirrel

    July 8, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    “motherhood is the one that women are supposed to cherish and give gratitude for on a daily basis.”

    And to that I say 😛

    • TheSquirrel

      July 8, 2011 at 4:33 pm

      No, not 😀 — I meant :&

      Bleargh! I say. Bleargh!

  3. Laura

    May 5, 2012 at 11:19 am

    To be honest, by all your blogs is looks a little bit like you’re upset or jealous, maybe because you’re A.) not a mom or b.) not happy about being a mom or whatever.

    Why you mad???

    • irritated

      August 23, 2012 at 6:26 pm

      That’s funny, because when I read these I don’t feel jealous at all, I feel relieved that I do not have to interact with these people. The only time I feel upset is in reading and realizing most of these parents, are not mature enough or responsible enough to have kids. They are just creating more messes for the rest of us to clean up. I believe the bloggers point is to point out these problems and 1) get laughs out of those who see the irony, sarcasm and horror and 2) maybe show parents who act like this that it is not an acceptable way to parent. Though with the constant submissions I am guessing #2 is lost on you…..

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