It’s Not My Mess: Not a Perfect Mom’s Blog

Today’s featured blogger is one of my favorites. Holly from Not a Perfect Mom’s Blog tells it like is, and she picks her nose…on video. But, under the F bombs, sarcasm, and spunk, Holly’s heart for her kids shines through on her blog. She’s a mother of four darling little ones. Her last daughter was born with down syndrome, and Holly will be the first tell you that Brooke knows how to “rock an extra chromosome!” Holly can make me laugh, cringe, and cry all in one post. You’ll see what I mean…

Do you ever let your kids do something that you’re pretty sure is a bad idea? Like not just a bad idea, but bad enough that you make sure you have your phone on you the next day so that when the school calls you don’t miss it?

No? Wait, what? You think ahead? About the consequences? Huh?

Oh…yeah, me too…

Okay, no, I lie…

And as a result I had a total mom fail this week that resulted in me having my six year old son Jack climb into my van at the end of the day and promptly burst into tears…

Let me just say, before I tell you what I did, that I totally didn’t expect the tears at the end of the day part…just a phone call and maybe a stern lecture on what’s appropriate at school….


Every year the kids do a vocabulary hat parade…each grade has a different theme…for example, my second grader had to decorate a hat with a compound word (he picked cowboy), the third graders do an adjective, and the first graders? Jackie had to decorate his hat with a noun.

A noun. A person, a place, or a thing, as I’m sure we all remember from our years of schooling…

So what does my Jack pick?


And yes, I tried to tell him that underwear might not be the best idea and maybe he should pick something else….

His response? Mom! Everyone wears underwear so it’s not inappropriate, it’s just silly!

How could I argue with that? And really? I’m a firm believer in letting kids do their own projects, since Mom Homework makes me crack open the wine and really? Who wants a drunk mom? Exactly. So I let Jack do his hat and went about my life…

Until the next day at 10:30 am when the phone rang and it was his teacher. I was so right. It was deemed inappropriate. But not by Jack’s own teacher, by two other teachers that walked through, thought it was uncalled for, and then asked admin…

Those teacher bitches!

And Jack was devastated…so much that he didn’t want to go to school the next day and be in the parade…

So I told him I’d take his picture and he could parade around our house…but he was too sad…

Then I did what any good mother would do…

I told his those teachers were no fun and had no sense of humor and probably had bad breath and body odor and that he was the best most creative funny boy ever!

He finally started smiling around seven that night…

And just think…I could have prevented all of this by not letting him do the hat…

Because I knew deep down that it was all going to play out this way…

Mom Fail.

Holly Waligora



Please visit Holly at her place and check out her blog. I’m sure you’ll have a laugh (or cry, or cringe). You can also find Holly on Facebook and Twitter as @notaperfectmama.

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Adrienne is a Florida homeschooling mom of two boys, follower of Jesus, and lover of words. She's an imperfect parent surviving on God's grace and mercy, lots of yoga, and regular doses of salty ocean air! Find her as @TheMommyMess on Twitter and connect with her on Facebook.




  1. Rosie says

    There wasn’t one thing wrong with that hat at all! Good grief! Isn’t learning supposed to be FUN? Seeing things like this makes me lean more towards home-schooling, there’s a huge support and meet groups for kids/families. So sorry you had to be BULLIED by the system. I think your son will look at this when he’s older and smile in appreciation for how you tried to make him feel better :) As moms were all unique, creative, quirky….keep on keepin’ on (little quote from Joe Dirt) and chin up! We ALL go thru the mom fails and can almost bludgeon ourselves to death, one saying that always keeps me going is “It’s over an done with, there’s nothing you can do about it, move on”….what’s in the past is there, oh well! :)

  2. says

    That is one of the most ridiculous teacher moments I’ve ever heard. I agree with you and feel sad for your son. I never in a million years would have thought “underwear” would be a problem word so I’m not buying into your mom fail. This one counts as a teacher fail! Have a great weekend!
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  3. says

    I’m pretty sure that to be a teacher in today’s schools, they must go through a process where all the fun is sucked right out of them. No warm and fuzzies, no sense of humors, just policing every single thing the kids do. I’m sorry that he was a part of that. I used to be a teacher and I would have let him do it. It’s a noun after all.
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  4. says

    Poor thing!!! I mean Jack, no you! No Jack, no YOU! What a mess. Ugh. I am a fan of letting my kids choose creative and silly outlets and projects and clothes if they want to. Freedom of EXPRESSION. Poor guy… Damn teachers have no idea what impact they had on him. Just too bad. When Jack is in his teens or twenties, this story will be a good one though. :)
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  5. says

    Oh I don’t think that’s a fail at all! Good for you for letting him do what he wants and shame on the teachers for making him feel bad about it. He does have a point, we all wear underwear!
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  6. Lori A. says

    Aww! Send the teacher’s some underwear for Christmas. 😉

    My son got a big “NOT AN APPROPRIATE VERB FOR SCHOOL” on a paper where he wrote “The cotton mouth poos.” It was a progressive thing so the cotton mouth snake went on to “poos hard”, “poos hard over a hole” and “poos hard over a hole at midnight”.
    Ok, ok…maybe not appropriate for school but my husband and I died laughing later.

  7. says

    Those teachers are total Assholes. What the FUCK is wrong with UNDERWEAR?? It’s FUNNY. THere are whole BOOKS. Here. Here’s what you MUST do. It’s pretty cheap, and it will give you extraordinary satisfaction. Buy these SCHOLASTIC books

    Aliens love underwear
    Underwear, underwear, underwear
    and Dinosaurs love underwear (I may have the titles slightly off, but that ought to be enough).

    DONATE THEM TO THE SCHOOL. If you can, donate one to each first grade class so those fucking bitches who probably …

    hmmm … you get the idea I need say no more.
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    • says

      Hey Jessie! You are fired up about this huh? I told Holly the same thing (sort of). My son used to read captain underpants. Where did he get? School library!

  8. says

    Um, yeah. Is Captain Underpants in their library at school? If it is which it could be kindly ask them to remove all copies from the school. And then yeah, from the whole county, state… get the picture.
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    • says

      Exactly! I told Hilly the same thing when she emailed this post. What is up with that? I know captain underpants is on the shell in the media center!

  9. says

    What the crap? It’s freakin underwear! and he’s right, everyone wears it! I would have told those teachers off! They all need a good sense of humor. That was just wrong what they did to him.
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  10. stacy says

    Did they at least have the decency to tell you why the word was “inappropriate”? they are wrong, but i understand how you feel.