Friday, October 29, 2010


No, I'm not talking about Emergency Medical Services.

I'm talking about a new sorority I've decided to found--Evil Mom Society.


I discovered today at 1:30 p.m. that I'm an Evil Mom.

You see, all the girls at work who had grade school aged kids cleared out so they could go witness the yearly Halloween Parade at their respective kids' schools.

Every year I scratch my head and go "Huh?" to this event.

I asked Chunky if a lot of parents showed up at his school for this.

"Uh, yeah Mom, they're lined up all around the school!"

So I guess I'm an Evil Mom. Oops.

I guess it's because my mom never bothered to come to my Halloween parties. Although I only ever remember one mom (the room mother) going.

Geeze Mom! Thanks a lot! See what you've turned me into? An Evil Mom! Ha ha!

Maybe this Halloween Parade thing is a Lower 48 thing? A New Jersey thing?

Anyway, that's neither here nor there.

As founder of the Evil Mom Society, we accept all Evil Moms--be they aspiring, current, past or semi-retired. We don't care if you're stay at home, working or work at home.

And if you're not an Evil Mom and you do do things like go to your kid(s) Halloween Parades (if they're not a regional thing), that's OK too. Without you being so good, the rest of us wouldn't be so evil.


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Blogger Crafty Christina said...

I worked til 5 today. No skipping out early for me either. Guess that's why I made the pretzels. She can't say I didn't participate, haha.

7:27 PM  
Blogger Andey Layne said...

Pfft. Around here they don't let the kids wear their costumes to school. They don't even have class parties.

7:32 PM  
Anonymous Amy said...

I got so tired of the pressure for this kind of stuff. I gave up. My kids have survived.

Of course, we're also the totally awful kind of family that watches TV together while watching dinner (and arguing loudly over whether or not the island is purgatory on Lost).

7:53 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

Nobody's mom used to come to the school events when I was a kid. Now they ALL go. And since I don't have kids I'm expected to cover their work too.

8:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I tried to get to the kids' parties as much as I could. My old boss was great about letting me take off. There were times when there were only a couple of us parents at the parties & other times there were as many adults as there were kids. Then there were the parents that brought the younger sibs & expected them to have treats just like the kids in the class. The last couple of years when Erin was in Grade School the staff at the school would limit the number of adults helping...if you didn't get called by the room better not show up...& no sibs! Love, Aunt Susan

9:06 PM  
Blogger Discoknits said...

Not one mom in classes when I was at school. Not ONE!
I'm room mom to both my boys' classes (cause no-one else stood up!). I only attended my youngest celebrations cause the mom who volunteered had another sick kid.
Don't feel like evil mom. You do a ton of stuff other moms don't.

9:52 PM  
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10:34 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Maybe it's a public school thing?

At my son's Catholic school, only the kindergarteners get to dress up, and at my daughter's Catholic school, none of the grades get to wear costumes (although they did have an orange and black dress-down day today).

My son's school has a "Grandparents/Special Persons Day" every year for the kindergarteners through second (or third?) graders, and boy, do I feel like a mean mom because my son never has anyone there.

The event is for an hour and a half during the middle of the day (neither my husband or I can take off work during the middle of the day), and my kids' only remaining grandparent is my mom, who doesn't drive, so she has no way to get to the school.

Boy, does it make me feel guilty to think about my son possibly being the only kid in the class without a "special person" at school that day. Sigh...

10:37 PM  
Blogger Zonda said...

I sure don't remember any parades like parents both worked and didn't go to many school things...I survived!! I went to what I could with my kids, but um..a halloween parade, that would have been my choice to miss..and go to something else. EMS's Unite!

11:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I feel I have to say something here.....Being the originator of EMS. As someone one said they didn't have any kids and had to cover at work for the ones that did, someone else said that they could not get off, others said that the schools did not let the kids have parties. I think that the important thing here is....Are our kids enjoying life? Do they know that they are loved? Do they know that even though they are not the center of attention that WE still care about them? If you answered Yes to these ???'s then I say EMS's stand tall and proud your kids will turn out A OK!!
Love, Mom

12:19 AM  
Blogger Jo said...

I think it must be a Lower 48 thing, because we didn't have this growing up, either. I went to Willow's parade, but was put off by the crowds. Willow's school went from a k-3 to k-5 last year, and the place was a mob, and I didn't enjoy it. I'd rather make cookies for the blandly named Winter party.

6:40 AM  
Blogger Poops said...

I like to think that my kids are turning out to be more well-adjusted kids without a helicopter parent hovering over them. We never had room moms when we were in school. I suspect that moms were glad to see us go for the day. I cannot understand parents who need to be involved in every detail of their kids' Cut the damn cord already.

8:30 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

I made it to the events when we lived in Bklyn...because I had the flexibility with my job (ok, I basically told the boss that I was going and tough ta ta's if he didn't like it). But I haven't made it to any events in NJ. And the kid is perfectly fine. Add me to the EMS roster....

11:10 AM  
Anonymous Sarah said...

I was the Evil Mom with my son and now that I'm doing the whole thing over I do like the parades and all that. My husband did however ask me if he had seen enough and walked home! If I wasn't 5 blocks from school I wouldn't ever go to those things.

11:41 AM  
Anonymous Sarah said...

Oh and I'll add that I wouldn't miss work for it, I'm just lucky enough to be close and unemployed.

11:42 AM  
Blogger Alli Kat said...

YESSS! I would like to join the Evil Mom Society! Do I get a certificate of membership? A lapel pin?

8:50 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

I'm totally qualified as an Evil Mom. I'm also kind of thankful that Madison public schools don't acknowledge Halloween at all. It just seems easier that way.

1:54 PM  
Blogger Liz said...

I went once, it was excrutiatingly dull, and I never went again. My kids have survived so far. I pride myself on being an evil mom.

8:27 PM  
Anonymous Rosi G. said...

Evil Mom #205 reporting for duty!

I'm sick of signing papers and I'm quite vocal about it. I actually even threatened to buy a stamp with my signature on it. Wait til your baby starts school so you have at least 2 kids to sign papers for. I have 3 and one that will be in school next year. UGH!

1:51 PM  

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