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The person who
sees this expression
on my face knows that
whatever comes
out of my mouth next
is not negotiable.

This look means
that I have no
resources left to
soft focus the
message for you.
It will be delivered
in it’s simplest, unadorned form.

Children of all ages,
some who do
and some who do not
belong to me
understand
this face instantly and
flee for their lives.

This face is the reason
that I did not have to yell
at my children in the
grocery store
or anywhere else.

My children would
tell you that the
voice that accompanies
this face is deep and low
and intentional.

The Mom face
has in the past,
been reserved for
misbehaving children
of all ages and
occasionally
my husband.

But today I
share the
mom face
with the world.

Why?

Because recently I hosted an adult event that many people attended with their children in tow.
(is that right? is it in tow or in toe?)
Anyway,it’s okay because many family budgets simply have no room in them for a baby sitter fee.

However.  

The event was serious in nature and required individual attention to lots and lots of families in need. The people that attend these events are tense. Some are embarrassed. Many are afraid.  

And I was annoyed that most (really. most.)  of the children were completely out of control. I had to stop and gather myself outside. I gave myself a stern talking to so that I would not re-enter the building and  

pitch a good old fashioned Laurie fit- that. was. one.  

During my self directed time-out I wondered if maybe it was me? Have I reached the age where I am easily rattled? Are my nerves finally shot?  

Oh, I do not want to be that old woman!  

I watched the room from the window just as this precious little blond princess of a 4 year old girl spun around on her heel and with one hand firmly on her darlin’ little hip, the other hand removed a golf ball sized piece of gum from her mouth and heaved it straight at her mom’s face.  

Blondie's Mom, bless her heart,  picked the piece of gum up off the floor, dropped it in the trash can and went back to the conversation she was having before the gum flew into her lap.

I don't think it's me.  

That left me wondering this:

What has happened to the mom face?

I learned mine from my mom, I’m sure.
And then perfected it.

Do you have a mom face?



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      Laurie Zieber wrote May 6, 2009
    • If you are inclined- it would be a great thing- to see your mom faces here!  

      Oh come on. I showed you mine.



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      Carolnphil wrote May 6, 2009
    • Everyone who knows me knows THAT face.  The one that my husband calls The Constipated Look.  The one that tells you that stuff is gonna fly out of my mouth any sec and you better watch it!  I definitely have the mom face.



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      Laurie Zieber wrote May 6, 2009
    • yah, Carol. It’s not an attractive face.
      In fact, I was just noticing,
      it puts ten years on ya.tongue out



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      Mjmurphy wrote May 6, 2009
    • Love your mom face Laurie. I don’t think I can do the mom face on command. Perhaps I will have my daughter follow me around her house with the kids running amok and we can get a good mom face pic of me for you.



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      Tuliplady wrote May 6, 2009
    • I have a mom face.  I’ve had it perfected since I was seventeen years old. I perfected it when I was forced to ride the school bus with much younger children who annoyed the hell out of me.  And then when I was nannying.  My own children know and fear it.  

       It can make grown men quake in their boots, as many of my customers when I was a bartender can attest to.

       Sadly, I do not  have a photo of it.  Like MJ, I don’t think I can do it on command either.



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      Laurie Zieber wrote May 6, 2009
    • I didn’t think about the on command issue-

      This one was captured during a conversation with my
      25 year old son.  

      It wasn’t intentional either. I was just listening to my boys be men in a conversation about women.

      When we looked at the photos, the boys and their Dad said,

      “Who was getting the mom face?”



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      Mjmurphy wrote May 6, 2009
    • LOL!



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      Laurie Zieber wrote May 6, 2009
    • So, who’s not teaching the mom face to young moms?  

      In the famous words of MBG

      Seriously!



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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote May 6, 2009
    • In Hawaii we call it “stink eye”
      My mother had that Sicilian mom face that stopped a person dead in their tracks. The Godfather series MUST have been fashioned after her!
      My husband has the mom face and we call it “the Schmidt look” It’s frightening
      I have yet to learn the fine art of “the mom face”



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      Tuliplady wrote May 6, 2009
    • It does make you wonder, doesn’t it?

      These young moms just ignore the bad behavior.  It’s like they don’t even see it.  There’s no mom face, no discipline, nothing.   I hope I raised my daughters to be better moms than that!



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      Laurie Zieber wrote May 6, 2009
    • I’ve been thinking about it and I think that the moms of young ones today are exhausted. I think they are trying to get through the days best they can- and they‘re numb. Especially the ones who are working f/t jobs too.



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      Laurie Zieber wrote May 6, 2009
    • ok cindy. You can’t be changing your picture everyday. I confuse easily and I think we have an impostor.  

      I am proud as well.



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      Wow40plus wrote May 7, 2009
    • oh yes i have it down! My kids know it when they have pressed the button of no return.There eyes get real big and you can see the “gulp,oh no” My husband just leaves the room if he it’s part of the reason of the look and lets the kids fend for themselves. i have found no matter what the age of the parents, some kids are just buttheads and rude little shits!I’ve been told I’m,hmm, kinda of strict. I believe in manners and sometimes life does wear u down and u get numb but that shouldn’t be an excuse. Life is full of consequences and you know everyone finds out what is the better choice or not for them!ohhhh



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