I’ve been a working mom since I had my first child three years ago.
Since then, we’ve also added twins to the mix. Three kids in three years and I’ve been a working mom every step of the way. Sometimes I’ve worked more and sometimes I’ve worked less. I’ve worked in the office and I’ve worked from home. In this current season of life, I work exclusively from home as an attorney and writer.
I know what it’s like to balance life, kids, career, relationships, self-care and all the other things that come along with being an adult. But that doesn’t mean it’s always easy, and I’ve had more than my share of hilarious working mom fails.
There are days I’ve left the house wearing an inside-out sweater. Days my son spilled milk on my work outfit moments after we left the house. There’s also the time I left the house wearing two different shoes and didn’t know until my mother-in-law told me when I dropped my son off before work. Apparently, I’ve had a lot of motherhood-related wardrobe fails.
But I’ve also had other kinds as well. I can’t even tell you the number of times I’ve been on a conference call, or on the phone with opposing counsel, or even on a call with a judge while my son hollered about something in the background. Sorry about that, Your Honor.
We all remember BBC Dad and how hilarious it was to watch his children burst into the room during an internationally televised interview. It’s funny because it’s relatable. As parents, we’ve been there. We know what it’s like, and occasionally, it’s nice to know we’re not the only ones saving face when a wily toddler suddenly appears on video conference.
That’s why we asked real working moms to share their hilarious working mom fails—and boy, did they come through. Their stories will make you laugh. They’ll make you cry. They’ll make you wish you hired a babysitter. But, more than anything, they’ll make you appreciate that we’re all in this together.
See moms? You’re not alone.
If these made you laugh, be sure to share your hilarious working mom fails with us!
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