Anyone who is a parent has probably uttered these words or some derivative of them: “When I have children, I will never do that!” But once those children arrive, not only do we do those things; somehow, without even thinking, we do strange things that we never could have imagined. Ahead, six brave moms shared their deepest secret: the strangest thing they do as parents.
1. I bite my son’s toenails.
“I bite my son’s toenails because I am afraid to use the nail clippers on him.” — CH, mother of a 2-year-old son.
2. I put them to bed without underwear.
“At night, my girls sleep with no underwear because their bodies need to ‘breathe,’ as my mom so diligently instilled in me growing up.” — SR, mom of 3-year-old and 2-year-old daughters.
3. I wait until he’s asleep to eat.
“When [my son] was younger, we regularly put him to bed before we ate dinner ourselves. The 6:30 bedtime was gold. Is that strange?” — AK, mom of a 9-year-old son.
4. I use their saliva to clean.
“I use my children’s saliva to get rid of any leftover eye crust that I missed when I washed their face before leaving home. In my mind, this feels more sanitary than using my own, although probably not the case.” — SG, mom of a 9-year-old son and 3-year-old daughter.
5. I watch my teenager sleep.
“I would often watch him sleep at night when he didn’t know it… when he was a teenager.” — MP, mom of a 24-year-old son.
6. I sniff my kids… a lot.
“When my kids are extra sleepy or cranky, I sniff them. A lot. I swear they have a different smell when they are coming down with something. (If I notice before it really sets in, I give them some elderberry syrup and it usually helps prevent sickness.)” — JW, mom of a 5-year-old son, 3-year-old daughter, and 2-year-old son.
Now, it’s your turn: What are some of your strangest motherhood habits?
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