When Moms Become Their Moms

by Maria Guido
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I was sitting in a bar the other night with friends and these words actually came out of my mouth: Why is the text on this menu so small? I need a fucking microscope to read it. Why is it so dark? It’s like they don’t even want you to order something. Yup. I’m turning into my mother.

It happens to the best of us: one minute you’re going about your day, minding your own business — and the next minute the words It’s so loud in here I can’t even hear myself think! are flying out of your mouth. My mom had a series of catchphrases that used to drive me insane, and now I’m regularly using them. I just told my kids their room was a “disaster area.” I’m not proud. But I’m seriously relating to this new video about how we’re all turning into our mothers.

I’m freezing.

Laurel Coppock, Molly Erdman, and Megan Grano are the brains behind the YouTube channel, The Break Womb. They’re all writers and comedians living in LA, and of course — moms. They met each other before any of them had kids — while they were doing improv in Chicago. They all ended up having kids within a couple of years of each other and decided to start creating videos.

Megan has a three-year-old son, Laurel has an almost two-year-old son, and Molly has a two-year-old daughter and a 13-year-old step-daughter. Their collective experiences with parenting inspire some very funny stuff.

“Generally our ideas are plucked from our daily mom lives. As you can imagine, there’s no shortage of topics to cover,” Erdman told Scary Mommy. “One of us might mention an idea or even just a new struggle or kid phase she’s dealing with, or sometimes we’ll be just talking about our kids and realize that what we’re discussing would make a great video.” They write scripts for some of the videos while others are more loosely improvised. They’ve released over 50 videos, ranging from a debate over what it means to “sleep through the night,” to a rap video about the crazy things that happen to you after you give birth, to an earnest discussion of the latest episode of Thomas & Friends.

They’re basically the mom friends we all wish we had.

I could’ve done without the gentle reminder that I’m turning into my mother, but it is hilarious. Sad, yet hilarious.

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