Wednesday, April 20, 2016

How Motherhood is Just Like Being in the Mafia

Goodfellas. The Godfather. The Sopranos.

We love to watch the mafia on TV and in the movies, and it's probably because their family business is a lot more like ours than you'd think. Moms are a lot like mobsters because...

How Motherhood is Just Like Being in the Mafia -- Goodfellas. The Godfather. The Sopranos. Believe it or not, their family business is a lot more like ours than you'd think. Read on for 17 ways moms are a lot like mobsters.  {posted @ Unremarkable Files}
  1. We know how to get blood out of everything. Kids are great at making it look like a murder scene every time they get a bloody nose, but moms can clean their carpet, clothes, and bedding so well it looks like nothing ever happened. 
  2. It comes in handy having a secret hideout. Sure, we probably use it to stash a bag of Reese's Minis instead of laundered money, but every mom needs one. (I recommend keeping a Snickers bar inside an empty quinoa bag in the pantry.)
  3. Nobody likes a rat. The cardinal rule of organized crime is: never, ever tell. Snitching, being a stool-pigeon... call it what you like, but tattling isn't welcome in this house, either.
  4. We make offers they can't refuse. There's a reason we resort to bribes — they work. How else are we supposed to get the kids to try food not shaped like chicken nuggets?
  5. Fuhgeddaboudit. Seriously  just forget about it. Whatever you and your brother are fighting about, I guarantee it's not important. Just end it and move on.
  6. We're not above extortion. Who's too principled to lord that embarrassing potty-training picture over their teenager's head when they really need to? Not me.
  7. Sometimes it's best to hire someone to do your dirty work. Not a single day goes by that I don't fantasize about having a cook or a maid on my payroll. Or both.
  8. People are constantly coming to us for favors and advice. Whenever my kids need new shoes, have a run-in with the mean kid at school, or want to bargain for some extra Minecraft time, I'll give you one guess who they're coming to. My job is mainly handling requests of some kind, all day, every day.
  9. We're pretty good at keeping surveillance on anybody suspicious. Moms do better research than the FBI when we think our kids (or someone who interacts with them) might be up to no good. And we're usually right.
  10. Let me introduce you to "a friend of mine." It starts once you have a baby, and your eyes are opened to a black market trade of onesies and activity gyms right beneath your nose. If you need something, all you need to do is mention it to your mom's group and someone is sure to say, "I know a guy..."
  11. Don't get between us and our Italian food. Try to separate me from my simple carbs and you'll be sleeping with the fishes tonight, buddy.
  12. There's always a wiseguy. And it's usually your threenager.
  13. It's not easy being the Don. It's more than a full-time job keeping the mob happy and under control. To our kids, it might look like we're in a pretty powerful position, but the truth is we lose a lot of sleep just trying to keep one step ahead.
  14. We like to gamble. When you rarely leave the house after 8 PM, people assume you lead a pretty boring life. But no one takes risks like a mom. Going to Target without an extra pair of pants for the potty-training preschooler? Now that's ballsy.
  15. We're usually running multiple rackets. Moms are born multitaskers, signing permission slips with one hand while we make spaghetti and untangle a Barbie doll stuck in someone's hair with the other. And yes, we saw you make that face at your sister behind our backs.
  16. You never get to retire from "the business." From poopy diapers to prom dates, your kids will never stop needing you (even when they think they don't.) When you're a mom, you're permanently on call. Forever.
  17. We can be charming, funny, and likable  but mess with our family and we'll break your knees. Enough said.

Now that you know how much you have in common with the mob bosses you love to watch, all you need is a cool nickname. "Angel Face" and "Jimmy Blue Eyes" are already taken, but "Messy Bun" or "Lady Yoga Pants" has a nice ring to it, too.

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Jenny said...

#11, don't get between me and any food. I have one kid that does this too often. If it's not delaying my eating when I'm hungry, it's asking to have my food. This is why I hide and eat my meals in the pantry.

Katy said...

All of these are great! Submit NOW to Scary Mommy or HuffPo or someplace that can spread your hilarious genius.

I snort laughed at this line: "black market trade of onesies and activity gyms right beneath your nose"

Naomi said...

This is a good one! So funny (and eerily true)! Great read.

AnneMarie said...

Haha oh Jenny, this is fabulous! #10 is my favorite, but these are all so accurate!!! This is great to keep in mind as I prepare for life with our little one this summer. Thank you for sharing your brilliance with all of us :)

Michelle said...


Queen Mom Jen said...

Yes!! And now I will think of myself as the Kingpin in my own little mafia kingdom. I really like the sound of that!

The Lady Okie said...

Ha! Seriously, I have always admired my mom's ability to get blood (and various stains) out of nearly everything.

Janine Huldie said...

As a fan of mafia movies and TV, especially The Sopranos and Goodfellas this was awesome and definitely couldn't agree with you more!! :)

Blythe Edwards said...

When I'm pregnant I especially fight for my food. I'm like, my precious