Believe it or not, it does exist..
“Mommy Privilege” is something that all mothers have taken advantage of at some point, whether it is knowingly or unknowingly. It’s not a like a card that you carry around that’s gets punched or stamped every time you use it. However, trust and believe when you do use it (especially if it is often), someone is taking note of that.
What is Mommy Privilege?
It can be summed up like this: Have you ever received a dinner invitation somewhere and you really don’t want to go, but you go to be nice? Have you ever used the excuse “the kids go to bed early, so we can’t stay late”? Well guess what you just invoked your Mommy Privilege. Oh the reasoning that you are running late because your little one just didn’t want to cooperate this morning? Whether it is true or not, you still used your Mommy Privilege.
Now for those without kids (and even for some with kids), you may think this is a load of bull. Well it’s not. This doesn’t mean that mom’s are lazy or that we come up with excuse after excuse to get away with things. It’s just that life happens and believe or not there are times where we have to pull the mom card to get by. The truth that comes along with this privilege is that no matter when we use it, essentially we are causing an inconvenience to someone (even if it is unintentional).
When is okay?
Well I think it is purely at the users discretion and the situation that is going on. It’s important to remember that not everyone has kids. So if you are going to invoke your mommy card everyday and be late for work then that is not cool. It’s important to remain considerate of others no matter what it is you choose to do in life. Of course there are situations that just can’t be helped. But always try and remain cognizant of others.
Love of impromptu dance parties, 80’s cartoons, and horizontal life pauses (aka naps); Natasha Brown is a stay at home mom of 4 kids, and wife to one lucky guy! In her spare time, she is co-editor of Grits & Grace, as well as editor for The Mother Hustler Blog and Creative Director for the Mother Hustler podcast.