25 Totally Irritating Experiences That Only Working Mothers Will Understand | Working Mother

25 Totally Irritating Experiences That Only Working Mothers Will Understand

There's no other way to say it: These little moments are annoying AF.

There are so many wonderful benefits to being a working mom, and we all like to celebrate those totally satisfying moments that pop up every now and again. But what about those times that would seem insignificant to the non-working moms of the world that are utterly awful to those of us with jobs and kids? Of course, these aren't life-ruining circumstances, but we know you'll agree that these are some of the most soul-sucking everyday occurrences we working moms can face.

1. When you leave work on time, but hit a huge traffic jam and still have to pay your daycare $16 in late fees.

throwing money

Bye-bye, hard-earned cash.

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2. When your partner forgets to grab the bag of diapers/spare clothes/lunch you meticulously packed the night before.


He had ONE job.

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3. When your kid's most important school events are on back-to-back weekdays at 3 p.m.

not fair

Why do bad things happen to good people?

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4. When your non-mom coworkers roll their eyes when you walk out at 4:58.


See ya, haters. A mom's gotta do what a mom's gotta do.

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5. When you leave your desk early, wait forever for an elevator, and arrive at your train just in time to watch the doors close.


So close. So, so close.

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6. When your child tells you she needs to get a presentation board/construction paper/glitter the night before a project is due and CVS/Target closes in 14 minutes.


Just what I wanted to do at 8:46 p.m.

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7. When your kid misses the bus the day you have an early meeting and Waze is telling you it’ll take an extra 30 minutes to get to work.

why do this to me

why do this to me

Planned sabotage.

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8. When your neighbor/mother/lady at the grocery store comments, “Well, if he weren’t in daycare, he wouldn’t be acting like this/sick/throwing a tantrum.”

no fucks given

Funny. I don't remember asking for your opinion.

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9. When you reach into the box of fruit snacks on Monday morning when you pack your kid's lunch only to find that it is completely empty.

empty box

This couldn't have come at a worse time.

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10. When your partner neglects to tell you he used the car the night before and left the tank empty. And now there's no way you'll make it in time.


He's supposed to be on your side.

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11. When you find a note at the bottom of your kid’s backpack the morning you need to bring in a new white T-shirt/family photo/empty soda bottle for a project.

oh shit

Sorry, kid. Looks like you're sitting this one out.

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12. When you think you've cleaned up every bit of spit-up on your outfit before work, only for a colleague to point out the stain in front of everyone at a meeting.

hot mess

You wear that stain with pride, Mama.

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13. When you leave your cell at work or at daycare on a Friday afternoon ... before a three-day weekend.

lost phone

How did we function without these again?

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14. When your manager makes a surprise visit to your office while you’re trying to schedule a pediatrician appointment during the one-hour window when they pick up the phone quickly.


Move along, nothing to see here.

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15. When someone posts spoilers from the new Netflix show the day after the episodes became available for bingeing. Hello! Working parents can only sneak in two episodes at a time!

covering ears

Telling me to stay off Facebook until I've watched is like telling me not to breathe for a few days.

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16. When you join a local moms group and ALL their get-togethers are on Tuesdays at 11 a.m.


So these aren't my people.

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17. When your new manager shares her strong feelings against working from home.


Maybe it's time for a new job.

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18. When you take the day off to have time for yourself and then daycare announces they're closed.


This should be illegal.

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19. When your partner works from home the same day as you, forcing you to share a desk clearly intended for one person and listen to each other's video calls.

throwing laptop

Personal space, please.

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20. When someone's using the mother's room as their personal office for private phone calls while you have to pump.

get out

Rules are rules.

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21. When you use your last sick day ... in October.


It's possible two germy little kids won't get sick for three months, right?

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22. When you’re stuck underground on the train with zero bars and all you need to do is send. One. Email!!!!!

smashing phone

Get with the times, public transportation!

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23. When you can’t find your phone anywhere when you should be leaving, and now you’re sweating and in a panic and have to poop.

freaking out

This is a disaster.

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24. When you rush to work only to realize your manager is out and the rest of your team is working from home.

where is everyone

How did I miss the memo?

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25. When your child refuses to wake up on time on work days but springs out of bed at 5:30 a.m. on a day off.

wake up

It's like they know.

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