You know you're a mom when...
Scenarios and situations all moms are familiar with.

Being a mom is something to be proud of, despite the affect it has on your personal appearance, social-life and your once-tidy house. 

Read more: Beware the mommy-brain

How parenting changes you

There are hundreds of indicators that define you as a mother. From forgetting to brush your teeth and not minding the state of your chipped nails to giving up on cleaning your car yourself, because you know that it'll go back to resembling a toy-box in a matter of hours. 

Lots of things change when you become a mom and you often find yourself in funny situations that most would find embarrassing, but for you it's just another reason to laugh at yourself. 

You know you're a mom when:

Nothing embarrasses you

Your sole focus is on getting the kids to where they need to be on time, and if that means that you have lipstick all over your teeth and your hair looks like you've been dragged through a bush backwards, it doesn't phase you.

Your one arm has less body fat percentage than the other 

Every mother of newborns and young children has a preference to which arm they use to carry their kids (although in some cases you'll use whichever arm is free). You might want to consider that your strong arm could get you ahead in an arm-wrestling competition, but in the meantime, carrying the kids around is enough. 

You don't have a clue what's going on in the news

You could write a book on teething problems and nappy rash, but your knowledge in current affairs isn't quite what it used to be. Your News channel viewing-time has been taken over by CBeebies and anything that keeps the kids distracted enough for you to get dinner ready. 

Your handbag consists of 1x toy box, 2x medical aid kit and half your refrigerator

Everything else you need (nappies, books, dummies) is stored in your car. 

You reheat your tea/coffee four to five times before ever drinking it

You never actually finish it either. It just sits there looking sad. However, when it comes to your wine glass you have no problem finishing its contents in no time. 

You fix things, over and over again

Broken tiaras, toy cars and teddy-bears. You'll never throw anything out unless it's no longer salvageable and causes more harm than good. Super-glue and your sewing-kits are at the top of your 'most-used' household items.

You hoard wrapping-paper

Every mother has a cupboard dedicated to wrapping paper and ribbon. It's not a bad thing, but it's damn annoying when you're looking for something else in there, only for a Cardie's factory-shop to come pouring out when you open the cupboard door.

You're a walking sticker-book

When you're at the mall or walking across the street, people stop to let you know about the various stickers you have accumulated on the back of your jersey.

You rock up at the mall or at school in your slippers

Sleep deprivation is clearly getting the better of you and once you realise that you forgot to take off your slippers and put shoes on instead before leaving the house, you really don't care. Non-parents think you're weird, other parents get it. 

You listen to kids music in the car even when they're not in it

This is also why you have no clue what music and which bands are trending at the moment. This probably isn't such a bad thing, you're not missing much.

What 'mom-indicators' have you developed?

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