33 Reasons Moms Are Late


I was never an incredibly punctual person, but but becoming a parent has put a whole new spin on my excuses for being late to meetings, school, parties and appointments. Back in the day, I was late because of the normal stuff, you know, my hair didn’t look just right, my alarm clock didn’t go off, there was traffic on 95… Now, between me barely keeping my head on straight and my kids being out of their minds, my excuses look more like this:

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Sorry I’m late but …

1. My daughter’s socks hurt, or as she likes to put it, her socks “hate her.”

2. Both my children had to poop as soon as we left the driveway.

3. I couldn’t find my keys … they were in my pocket.

4. My kids were fighting over who got to sit in which seat.

5. My son decided to wrestle with the dog rather than simply walk out the door, so we had to clean the fur off of his clothes, but I couldn’t find the lint roller, so I had to fashion one from masking tape and MacGyver it off.

6. All of a sudden, none of their shoes seemed to have a mate. NONE.

7. It seemed like a good time for one of them to ask where babies come from.

8. There was a wardrobe malfunction that led to wet underwear and a much-needed, last-minute bath.

9. My son skinned his knee on the way to the car.

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10. My kids got suddenly parched, which led to drinks, which led to snacks. So, we’re here to meet you for lunch, but frankly, no one is hungry.

11. No one heard me say “it’s time to go,” even though I said it 20 times … at various volumes.

12. My daughter decided this would be a good time to have a meltdown over something that happened hours ago. Did I say hours? I meant days.

13. My kids were fighting over who the dog loves more.

14. It seemed like a good time for one of them to ask about puberty.

15. I couldn’t find my phone… it was in my hand.

16. My son got a fever on the way to the car.

17. My dog, who had just gone out, decided to pee on the floor.

18. My son found the dog pee… with his foot.

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19. My kids were fighting over what radio station I would get stuck listening to.

20. My son remembered that he forgot to do his homework.

21. It seemed like a good time for one of them to ask me about homosexuality.

22. My daughter changed 13 times until she felt she found an outfit that said, “I’m fashionable, but not so chic that I can’t meet someone for fro yo.”

23. My kids bumped heads getting into the car.

24. My son’s elbow hurt.

25. My kids were fighting over whose tongue is longer.

26. My daughter decided that an old cut needed to be re-cleaned and re-bandaged. We couldn’t find the cut, as it had basically healed, so we cleaned and bandaged where we thought it once was.

27. I couldn’t find my glasses… they were on my head.

28. My daughter wanted to draw this picture for you. You better love it.

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29. A stuffed animal that hasn’t been played with in months was noticed to be missing as we exited the house. Lost signs needed to be made, the milk carton people needed to be alerted and we ransacked our home to find it.

30. My son fell out of the car while getting into the car.

31. I couldn’t find one of my kids, he/she was waiting in the car.

32. My daughter realized she forgot to put on underwear and she was in a skirt.

33. My daughter’s fingernail was itchy.

About the writer


Jenny Isenman AKA Jenny From the Blog is the humorist behind The Suburban Jungle. A card carrying Gen Xer and columnist at Huff Po and The Stir, her goal is to you keep herself sane and to teach dolphins to read. She is failing at both. Join the insanity on Facebook and Twitter.


Steph @MisplacedBrit 1 year ago

This post is FANTASTIC, I actually have tears rolling down my face I’m laughing so hard!!!
Absolutely spot on, fantastic 😀

Jhanis 1 year ago

OMG. So true! Ugh!

Kayo 1 year ago

That’s a subtle way of thkinnig about it.

Kathryn McGirr 1 year ago

I am crying from laughing! I was routinely 10 minutes early before I had my son. Now I am routinely 10 minutes late – always.

Dina 1 year ago

OMGosh… Thank you for the good laugh! I can completely relate. Thank you for your fun posts. Good to know that those women who look so put together share the same challenges!

Lynne 1 year ago

Or how about, my son decided under no circumstances was he getting his teeth brushed this morning so decided to grab the toothpaste covered toothbrush out of my hand where of course it landed on his clean black trousers. Cut to me running around frantically trying to see if I can get away with nor ironing another pair (that’s if I’ve actually gotten round to washing them yet) all the while trying desperately not to scream “YOU LITTLE F***!!!” Yes I’m a horrible mother

    Steph @MisplacedBrit 1 year ago

    Hahaha!! What is it about snatching toothbrushes covered with toothpaste!! WHY do they do it! It ALWAYS gets up on their clothes, and sprays some wall/ door/ other person in the process!
    I feel your pain! :-)

Elva Roberts 1 year ago

Being a mom, grandmother and great grandmother, I fully sympathize with you. I do not think that anyone, who is not a parent, could identify with your reasons or even think they are true. I do. Thank you for making me realize that I have not been alone in this world of parenthood and reasons that don’t really make sense.

That Mama Chick 1 year ago

“My son fell out of the car getting into the car.” That one got me!

My kid. All day.

Georgia Lucero 1 year ago

I couldn’t stop laughing, made my day! Could see this happening as I read this, absolutely loved it! Thanks for posting!

Bron 1 year ago

I had to squeeze into the kids, yellow rain cover at niagara falls because my daughter would only wear a blue adult one. She told me that yellow is not her colour. She’s six…!

Jeannette Tomilson 1 year ago

Hehehe – 29 is too cute

Jennifer Osso 1 year ago

What about the friends that show up 10min early for everything. Like a birthday party or dinner. For some reason that annoys the shit out if me more than my casually late friends. lol

Michelle A. Cropper 1 year ago

Seriously, number six seems to happen a lot. I get my kids stuff ready ahead of time at night, and I even bought a shoe rack so I know where their shoes are, but my 20 month old seems to be in the habit of hiding his sneakers. There is no school bus to come pick up my daughter, so I have to drive her in to school every morning and pick her up every afternoon. No matter how early we would get up, we would end up being a little late. Finally, I had it and started keeping an extra pair of his shoes in the van. Are we still always on time? No, but if we are late, I call the classroom and let her teacher know we’re on our way in.

Kristina Emmert 1 year ago

I’m glad I’m not the only one that hAs sock issues with my kids.!

Alyssa Crowe 1 year ago

Soooooooo true!!!!

Ashley Anderson 1 year ago

#2 happened with both kids today before we left for nana’s. #31 happend Christmas Eve.

Lucy Egginton 1 year ago

And the bandaging of invisible boo boos drives me loopy!

Lucy Egginton 1 year ago

Oh the socks!!

Shauna Correia 1 year ago

lol yes, every day.

Nita Bo-bita 1 year ago

Being perpetually late is rude.

Cari Ann Perry 1 year ago

This was obviously written for parents of older kids but my 2.5 year old has started to refuse to get dressed. And I mean we start an hour before we need to be somewhere but somehow I still end up tackling him to the ground and pinning him down to get him dressed. Which means we have been late quite a bit recently :) No perfect momma at this house!

Cretia Luck Simonson 1 year ago

I find it interesting that so many of you claim to be early or exactly on time while toting your 4+ kids around. I’m sure your houses are immaculate and your lives are super scheduled.

I’m sorry, it’s not a contest. I try to be on time and most of the time we are…sometimes we are not…it happens….relax.

Christy Whelan 1 year ago

#6- the shoes!

Lianda Jane 1 year ago

Seat belt tantrums are my worst!

Laci Duke 1 year ago

Is the great “Elsa costume is not an outfit” debate on there or is that just my house?

Cindy Orsolits 1 year ago

I’ve found that when I’m late, it’s usually because I’m going somewhere, or to do something that I really have no desire to do…. or I was the one to pick up the slack for all the crap my ex didn’t want to do as we were supposed to be heading out the door.

Brooke Borgman Gale 1 year ago

All of the above.

Caitlin Wright Pryce 1 year ago

It never fails…one shoe is always missing. Seriously drives me insane.

Michelle Davis Stute 1 year ago

Lmbo! That’s my life! Had a couple happen today!

Shaye Boucher 1 year ago

So because we value other’s time and are respectful, we are “haters” and should “lighten up”?!?! Excuses are just that: excuses. Yes, we have all probably been late at some point. Yes, this was a comedic piece. But honestly it’s my husband who usually makes me late. Not my kids. Plan ahead. Make spouse do #2 before get kids’ coats on. 😉 I hate being late. It’s rude!

Nicole Navarro 1 year ago

Like 12 of these. Today.

Carey Hart-less 1 year ago


Jessy Yzquierdo 1 year ago

Lol ugh story of our lives

Ruth Trigwell 1 year ago

I am late for everything. All the time. If you don’t like it, don’t invite me! Or, do what my friends do and tell me the start time is half an hour before it really is. Then the chances are, i’ll only be about 15 minutes late.
If i’m ever early i’m the one complaining i’m wasting my time…

Denise Field 1 year ago

YUP! Heard these, and the MANY variations.

Danielle Koser 1 year ago

None! Our family philosophy is if you are early you are on time, if you are on time you are late, and if you are late you shouldn’t even bother! Promptness is a virtue!

Kathi Barfield-Brewer 1 year ago

My daughter has fallen from the van, fallen on her way to the van, and she has clung with superman like strength to the back seat of the van, making it impossible to drag her to the middle row and force her into her seat. The Times I have actually gotten her in the seat, it has taken 10 minutes just to get her strapped in.

    Kathi Barfield-Brewer 1 year ago

    And yes, I was late, WITHOUT GUILT, when she fell out of the van. It was in front of her daycare. I was not about to drop her off while she’s screaming at the top of her lungs because she hit forehead to concrete and grew a goose egg between the driveway and the door. I sat and held her until she was calm and I knew she was OK.

Taris Harlow 1 year ago

I actually had to call into work once bc as I was leaving my son puked down the inside of my shirt… Got cleaned up and was glad I worked for a company where the owner had 6 kids lol.

Tara Marie Ryan 1 year ago

I just snorted my wine out of my nose. Don’t judge. It’s been one of”those” days!

Olivia Martinez 1 year ago

It’s really disturbing when people are late.

    Kathi Barfield-Brewer 1 year ago

    If that’s the most disturbing thing in your life, you’ve got it good.

    Olivia Martinez 1 year ago

    I do have it good!!!

Leslie Lewis 1 year ago

I love trying to get out the door on time, then 7 year old decides her shirt is to itchy to wear. Her socks don’t feel right.

Sharice Green 1 year ago

This is scary mommy not pintrest mommy….lighten up people

Charnae Decker 1 year ago

LOL sooooo accurate! Right, Adam!?!?

Jennifer Thiele 1 year ago

Omg haters it’s a.joke.

Becky Whitton 1 year ago

& anything else kids can decide is wrong or needs to be done RIGHT NOW lol

April Lamkin 1 year ago

Lmfao #30!

Alicia Renee Sparks 1 year ago

I can relate to some of these. I’m rarely late (and most of the time when I am I don’t even HAVE my kids), but we still get out the door JUST on time because of some of these excuses lol

Kerry Dugan Mayo 1 year ago

Being late once in a while is one thing- that happens. But being perpetually late? Stop using your kids as an excuse for it. That’s all on you. I’ve got 4 kids, and for several years (when they were much younger than they are now) I was essentially a single parent while my husband worked out of the country most of the time. I had NO help every morning, and yet I managed to get them to school a few minutes early. I got to work on time. It’s called getting your ass out of bed early and getting crap done. I hated it, I wanted to roll over every day and ignore the alarm. But that’s not teaching my kids to be responsible. Add in that on the rare occasions we were late, it upset them. As it should.

    April Lamkin 1 year ago

    Do you want a cookie or something for being able to handle something a little better than most?? For being able to become a morning person?? Jeez, talk about sitting up on that pedestal…-_-

    Kerry Dugan Mayo 1 year ago

    I don’t need a cookie. Do you need a drink to take the edge off your own attitude? I am not a morning person, to this day. I just happen to hate it when people use their kids as a reason why they are late to everything. Crap happens once in a while. But being perpetually late is selfish and it sets a bad example for your kids.

    Sharice Green 1 year ago

    Hmmm wonder how many of you perfect mommy’s be on the confessional board complaining

    Kerry Dugan Mayo 1 year ago

    Ah, yes, here comes the calvary, making excuses for their own inability to read a damned clock by claiming others think they are “perfect”. Try to follow along here- this article is about being late, and reasons why moms can be late. PERPETUAL lateness is not funny. I’ve got my own issues with other things in life as a parent, so believe me, I’m not perfect. But I’m on time :)

Anna Moore 1 year ago

#30! Love it

Julie Pixton 1 year ago

I understand this was supposed to be funny but as a single mom of five, I prefer to plan for all of the crazy, unavoidable things that kids do and still arrive on time. And still laugh at life!

Kristina Wilson Cargile 1 year ago

Story of my life!

Jennifer Long Thompson 1 year ago

Cute reasons but still no excuse. Being late is your fault.

Kalli Maurer 1 year ago

These excuses are great! I am a single mom of three kiddos and I totally can relate and have used these incidences when being late but honestly if I am late it’s cuz I really didn’t want to be where I was suppose to be anyways. Lol

Lisa Shevin 1 year ago

Really guys, this is supposed to be amusing. I am a prompt person, so I am very rarely late even with 7 kids, but I still chuckled at the list

Kelsie Kelly 1 year ago

Honestly I find my childless friends and family are often the late ones!

Jayme Quick 1 year ago

The ones about losing things that are not lost? That’s my life. No matter how early you start out, you can’t leave without keys.

Melissa Geralyn 1 year ago

I think this article was supposed to be funny and I’m confused as to why some people are taking it so damn seriously. Lighten up!! Geez….

    Noelle Donnelly Capuzzi 1 year ago

    100% agree

Trace O’Higgins 1 year ago

Lmao…the dog pee! Or, in our dog’s case today…poop. 30 seconds after coming in.

    Kathi Barfield-Brewer 1 year ago

    In my home, it’s cat barf.

Lisa Waldorf 1 year ago

Being a parent is NOT ever a good reason to be late!

Rachael Elizabeth Ward 1 year ago

9 have actually happened to me.

Tamara Griffin Fay 1 year ago

I can claim none. We are never late. Being late is rude and avoidable by some simple planning. I’m the mom of 4 girls ages 10, 9, 9 and 5. I feel that teaching them how to show others respect by being on time is very important.

    Lynnette Panarra 1 year ago


April M Whalen 1 year ago

I have three kids . 4-5 and 6.. and this happens a lot! :/

Erin Crittenden Shea 1 year ago

I have four kids, and I’m always on time but usually early. I hate being late. Yes, things happen. But I can’t stand when people use parenthood as a reason for lateness. Especially when it’s all the time.

    Cindy McDaniel Gilliard 1 year ago

    I’m with you. I have four kids and am never late. You have to give yourself extra time for these kinds of things!

    Erin Crittenden Shea 1 year ago

    Exactly!! I get up plenty early to get everyone ready, out the door, and where we need to be! My parents raised my brother and me to be prompt.

    Erin Crittenden Shea 1 year ago

    I really thought I would get nailed for this comment!! lol

    Serra Brindley 1 year ago

    I HATE being late with a passion, always have. There are a few times where I am a few minutes late and it drives me insane up the wall, but things happen sometimes. Other than that I’m always early at least 10 if not 20 minutes early!

    Amy Renee Buckey 1 year ago

    I have five kids and I’m expecting number six! Being late is not an option for us! We plan ahead and get there ahead of time or on time! :)

    Miranda Windham 1 year ago

    I leave my house about 30-45 minutes earlier than I have to just so I’m not late. Parenthood is not an excuse to be late. It’s not like 4 children just appeared in your house overnight. You know they are there and will need lunches, clothes and 2 hours to whine and cry about getting ready.

    Kim Ernst 1 year ago

    I know!! Its just plain rude. Things happen occasionally but nope, not an excuse.

    Noelle Donnelly Capuzzi 1 year ago

    Wow. You are all really uptight about this. I am a mom of four and often running behind and it doesn’t really bother me at all. There are a few things that are a must to be prompt for, but overall 10 minutes doesn’t matter much in the grand scheme of life! This was meant to be humorous. Sheesh.

    Alyssa Tinsley 1 year ago

    I flip out about being late…major anxiety. So, I just can’t do it!! I’d rather sit in the parking lot and wait versus be late.

    Kristen Hamilton 1 year ago

    It’s not about whether or not it bothers you, Noelle. It bothers other people who have to wait for you. When you show up late, it tells the people who are waiting for you that your time is more valuable than theirs, and that is rude.

    Beth Rose 1 year ago

    Agreed! I have 3 kids and am almost always on time. Of course things occasionally come up that are beyond our control, but consistant lateness means better planning is needed.

Aimee 1 year ago

One of the best posts ever! The sock one has happened to us. I even ordered $7 a pair socks that had no seam because they bothered her feet. I have also experienced 3, 4, 6, 8, 9 11, (lots of 11), 15, 19, 20, 23, 26, 27, 29, 30 & 32.

Sadly, 32 actually didnt get noticed until we were already at the playground and I made her get down from the high playset she was climbing.

I love those kids! My life would be boring without them!

Autumn 1 year ago

Thankful it isn’t just me!!!! Even though mine’s 11, there are still plenty of “need a check” or “sign this” or “I NEED a red shirt for today!” things to wreak havoc… LOL

Kyra 2 years ago

My favorite was the day we were late for church because my then six year old had a melt down. Why? Because I had ironed his pants and his shirt and they were warm and toasty, I had failed however, to iron his socks. Silly me! As God is my witness, that van did not move until that boy had disrobed and had his socks steam pressed. He is 14 now……and I am sure his future bride will curse me under her breath.

RvnclwMom 2 years ago

# 2. Every. Single. Time.

kate in seattle 2 years ago

I enjoyed this article because it made me laugh, and remember back in the day when it was MY turn to mommy. I loved being a mommy until she became pre-pubescent, and then it all went to Hell in a handbasket!!

She is grown, and we have gone our separate ways, thankfully. So, I am done. Been there, done that, DONE. And with no grand kids in my future, I think I am home free.

Sorry I’m such a wet blanket, but at least I am honest.

I love babies and lil kids, but teenagers?? Not so much…

B 2 years ago

Missed a wedding because my son threw up all over me and himself as we were walking out the door..

Kay Massey 2 years ago

Now, finally a Grandma at 67, son is 40. Every stinkin’ morning that child had a SOCK issue….the sewn ridge on the toes of them HURTED his toes. Ended up turning them inside out after several months of that sheit….all those things never go away. And BTW…Look up Ninja Jacks and then tell me how bad it hurts to step on a block! LOLOL

Erin 2 years ago

I have 4 kids and my 2 youngest give me the worst time leaving. I get my 4 year-old ready to go and my 2 year-old is taring up something. I get her ready and my 4 year old spills something down the front of her. So I change her and then my 2 year old is naked! Back to get her ready before my 4 year old gets something on her clothes! It makes me crazy! I love this. I think I can relate to just about all of them :) Thanks for the laugh!

Shay 2 years ago

This whole list made me laugh….some days I swear it’s just me!! Soooooo glad to know that I’m not alone!!

I lost my keys Wednesday (they fell between the couch cushions onto the floor) and then again Sunday (YES….THEY WERE IN MY POCKET #3)!!

Today my 6 year old had an absolute meltdown because she didn’t want to eat summer day camp food because it “tastes horrible”….even though she hadn’t tried it yet. This all comes after the fact that I had just taken her to the store yesterday and asked her if she wanted me to get her something else to eat to which she told me, “No”. Then she proceeds to fall out getting into the car #30 (which is actually not that odd for her though she usually falls out getting out). As I’m picking her up I look around for my 8 year old, who was right behind us when I opened the front door but who is now back inside the house #2ing!!

Wouldn’t trade it for the world though…..some days are challenging but EVERY day is a blessing!! Thanks for the chuckle!!

Michelle 2 years ago

#32 is my life!!!! My oldest (7 1/2) for some reason never remembers to put underwear on I have no idea why she remembers socks and they are in the same drawer. I have gotten in the habit of checking my daughter everyday to make sure she put underwear on so thankfully I now usually catch it before it has made us late (usually not always). I went out of town for a couple of days and left the hubby in charge they ended up at a funeral with my daughter doing her camando thing he was mortified :) I thought it was hilarious – he now understands why I am always checking to see if she has undies :)

Amanda 2 years ago

I have four daughters.
Last fall, I went back to school for the first time in over a decade. I had my first day of class perfectly planned.

Then, my husband got called out on a wildfire detail. I was now alone with three girls (was pregnant with #4)…..for 18 days.

Still, it was okay. I called a sitter and she agreed, last minute, to watch all four of them for my super-long day of classes (11-9). She showed up and I got ready to head out the door. It was a 30 minute drive. I had 60 minutes to get there.

My truck wouldn’t start. Yay. This meant that I had to uninstall the three carseats from my van and re-install them into the sitters’s vehicle, so that she could pick the oldest child up from school. It’s a 30 minute drive. I now have 40 minutes to get there.

I run inside to wash my hands (because carseats are gross). I hear crying from the bathroom. I’m thinking “I should just go. It can’t be anything good.” But, no. I open the door and my second child (3) is standing there. She has crapped herself…….and tried to clean up her mess……and the mess in her clothes. My entire bathroom was covered in poo.

It’s a 30 minute drive. I now have 15 minutes to get there.

And that’s why I was 20 minutes late to my first day of class in eleven years. The other five were eaten up when I got stuck behind a hay truck on the way.

I was genuinely terrified that if I left that to the sitter, she would never come back. So, I had to bathe the kid and clean the bathroom.

single mom 2 years ago

Lol…These are so true! Mine were normally they had to go to the bathroom when there was NO store in sight! Or when we would go to someone’s house the first thing they would say “I’m hungry do you have anything to eat?” EVERY DANG TIME! I had to swear I did feed them! Or as soon as you got into a store everyone had to use the bathroom, while you spent 30 minutes in there sitting on the bench waiting on your child to finish while she sings! The good olé days! Lol…

Nerissa Freeman 2 years ago

I’ll have to agree to disagree, like Jenny was late pre-kids, now she’s late post kids and using their excuses instead of hers. I have 4 kids under 6, I’m never late. I allow adequate time for all the crises. Being consistently late is self involved. It’s a sign that you don’t value other peoples time.

    Michelle 2 years ago

    Really!?! Maybe you could just try laughing at the humor in life just because you are perfect doesn’t mean the rest of us have to be and no one is always late and just coming up with an excuse most of the time people manage to be on time but every now and then something crazy and unexpected comes along and causes you to be late. This in no way means that you don’t value other peoples time it just means you are not a robot.

      kate in seattle 2 years ago

      I actually had to call in a sick at work because I could not find my key’s, ANYWHERE! I ripped everything apart, the entire apartment was dismantled, no keys. When/where were they eventually found? Hanging out of the front door knob the next day, outside…Manic!

bea 2 years ago

Love it. Mine this AM was “My feet are too cold to get on the floor” (Lulu, 5 years old)

Cindy I 2 years ago

If I ever stop laughing I am going to share….

Frederique 2 years ago

Have you gals ever noticed that when you tell kids to hurry up they actually slow down? I sometimes wonder if my 3.89 yrs old puts on her shoes on the wrong foot every morning just to piss me off? LOL. Oh, but when its time to go out for ice-cream its “Hurry up mommy, i’m ready!”… figures.

sarsm 2 years ago

I have four whole children and a dog!!!
My list and your list sound scarily similar, mine also includes:

– I bumped my son’s head lifting him into his seat and caused a major nosebleed, which could only be fixed with a lollipop, a half an hour cuddle and repeating the word sorry 100 times.

– The kids accidentally let the dog out. Again.

– There was a spider in the car.

– There was an argument about singing abilities and singing volumes and if singing should even be allowed in the car.

– Between the car and the building my young man removed his glasses from his face and ‘put them somewhere’ and we all ran up and down the hill rumaging in bushes, hunting through dirt and asking random passersby if they had seen them.

Amanda 2 years ago

Not even a mom, but I too have lost my car keys in my own hand or pocket. Since I cannot even get my husband out the door on time, nothing buy sympathy for those trying to make it out the door with a young child or two.

Christina Boothby 2 years ago

These are a riot! My daughter is only three, so I’m sure lots more of these moments are in our future, but I do feel the need to say, someof these will NEVER be a reason I’m late. Can’t find keys because toddler put them in toy box? Check. Potty accident on way out the door? Check. Legit boo-boo that is currently bleeding and in need of band-aid? Check. But late because of touchy conversation topics? Nope. Because of mismatched shoes or issues with socks? Nope. To draw a picture? Double nope. I tend to be a bit stricter than other parents (I’m not judging you for being so laid back, so try not to judge me for being so uptight!), which means less tolerance for unimportant stuff. Especially if we’ve already commited to plans at a certain time. I grew up in a household where punctuality was vitually unheard of, and I REALLY struggle with it as an adult. I see this as all the more reason to teach my daughter the importance of being on time, and instilling in her the belief that this is important! 😀

Becky 2 years ago

We were once late to a doctor appointment because my daughter was too scared to go unless she knew what color the doctor’s shoes were. Which I repeatedly explained we would find out AT THE APPOINTMENT. also? The appointment she was scared of? Yeah, it was for me. Not her. Not even a little.

Jill Nelson 2 years ago

This….is me!!!! Does this mean I’ve not gone mad?! Or….does this mean I really am insane??!! Sigh……

Dadofthree 2 years ago

Any parent that only has one kid should NEVER be late.

Sandra Cormier 2 years ago

My kids are now 25 and 23. I still have nightmares about them dragging their butts, forgetting to make their lunches, missing the school bus. In real life, these are not disasters. But in my dreams, they are catastrophic.

cyndy 2 years ago

Let me retitle this article
” 33 Reasons GREAT MOMS are late “

Sarah 2 years ago

I got – “my jacket is too puffy” this morning. 15 minutes later, I was 20 minutes late.

Roberta 2 years ago

People who are late, are late because they are self absorbed and have no issue letting the world know their time is more valuable than yours. I realize this was suppose to be funny then I read comments and understand delusional moms really buy this crap. If your late, your rude. If you are employed and late you should be fired. Stop using parenthood as your excuse to be less than your co worker who shows up focused.

Rabia @TheLiebers 2 years ago

It’s like you’ve got hidden cameras in my house!! My favorite one is when my 4 year old screams; “You didn’t get my ________!” as soon as I drive off. Except he never asked for that object so how could I have known to get it?!?! I’m so confused!

beenthere 2 years ago

Some of these, like a skinned knee for example, are par for the course, but a lot of them shouldn’t be making anyone late for anything. If they do, then young children are in charge of the household and mommy. Mommy should be in charge.

    Becky 2 years ago

    You do understand satire, right? Humor? Laughing and whatnot?

    Christina Boothby 2 years ago

    I totally agree! My kid wouldn’t get away with making me late for most of the things on this list. But some moms are just a lot more lenient than us I guess:)

Rin68nyr 2 years ago

I relate to so many of these!

April Durham 2 years ago

Rushing around the house the other day, running late for a meeting with a new doula client. I was freaking out because I couldn’t find my phone. Checked every room in the house, the garden, the barn, the truck. Finally said out loud, “Shit Dad, I am so late. I have been looking for my phone for fifteen minutes. I can’t find it anywhere, I am on call, can’t believe this!” To which he replied, “Umm, April, your talking on your phone. To me. Go cancel your appointment and take a nap. I forbid you to drive.” Yet another reason, sleep deprived mama’s are late.

    single mom 2 years ago

    Been there!!! Too bad some of us aren’t “Super moms”.

keena 2 years ago

Love these…. but my 10 yr old boy is always yelling how none of the white ankle socks match… his brother (9) isn’t wearing a matched pair…. AND the one he needs is now on said brother’s foot! And our other one…. no one remembered to feed the pets even though several reminders were given…at increasing volume.

The shoe one had me lol’ing as we seem to have a mean shoe fairy who’s whole goal is to sneak in and steal/hide one of each pair of shoes they own….or its brother’s fault for purposely hiding it to make other one late. :-) thanks for this list!

Jen 2 years ago

Love these!!!! They are so true!!! I have one to add – we were late one day because my 3 yr old son refused to wear sun glasses or a hat, walked out the front door with the sun shinning directly in his eyes, proceeded to cover his eyes and walked smack into the car door. Lol. It actually knocked him on his butt.

Sheli 2 years ago

1. Fighting over who sits in which booster seat (they are identical seats), 2. whose juice cup has more juice in it
3. who gets in the car first
4. who will get OUT of the car first (they still aren’t in the car yet)

    single mom 2 years ago

    Or which door they can sit at!

Shannon 2 years ago

I am one of those annoyingly on time people. I always have been and I always will be. Even after having five kids I am rarely late. I actually tell my husband that I can get myself and all five kids ready, out the door and in the car before he even has his shoes on. I can’t help it. I guess I’m just really good at time management and not letting the kids get away with their excuses or issues.

MJ 2 years ago

-Sorry I was late… my youngest refused to leave the house till the cat said good-bye to her. She’s still at home with her dad.
-Sorry I was late… my oldest couldn’t find her ear ring- I take one step barefoot… I found it, in my foot!
-Sorry I was late… my child decided that her shoe laces made her ankles look fat- after refusing any help for 20 minutes because the (at the time time) 4yr old couldn’t lace well, she’s in flip flops- yes I know there are snow flurries.

The late stories are hilarious and true- until you have a child of your own they sound made up and lame… after having a kid- you can relate to almost all of them!

Angela Hazen 2 years ago

OMG I love this


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