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Updated: February 20, 2013 1:30 PM | By Jenna McCarthy
10 Non-Mom Faux Pas

Moms, does it annoy you when your child-free friends do this?

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They act judge-y

"Just saw a woman breastfeeding on the train, so gross!" she posts as her Facebook status. "Can’t she wait until she gets home?" You fume when you read this, of course, because you're pretty sure that friend would rather see a sliver of breast skin than listen to a wailing baby for the duration of her train ride. Feel free to remind her of this in the comments section; you're sure to get plenty of backup.

Feb 24, 2013 12:57AM

As a, clearly inferior to a mom-according to this top ten list, non-mom I am offended by a good majority of this crap.  So, as a child free woman I have to apologize for getting myself some new shoes or deciding to go to out last minute or loving my cat? I don't think so. Thank you "the bump" for smugly suggesting that women with children are more important and fulfilled than women without.


I could just as easily make a mom-faux pas list for us non-moms. It would probably be longer than 10. You annoy us too. 

Feb 24, 2013 1:10AM
This article is appalling.  There are plenty of moms who do not resent their non-mom friends, or feel they need to come up with solutions to "put up" with them to maintain the friendship.  Ridiculous.  Plus not all women want children, and this implies that until the non-moms start breeding, they'll always be inferior.  And pets are considered family to most people, including parents.
Feb 24, 2013 3:45AM
This is the most ignorant article I have ever read - to moms and "non-moms". Not all moms are condescending freaks... I am not a mom but I thought this was absolutely bizarre. I agree with this article having a very negative tone, putting moms up on a pedestal and "non moms" are just ignorant, selfish, immature brats who will never understand until they breed. Okay bud..
Get new writers.

BTW the world has 7 billion people on it. Thank your lucky stars some people choose not to reproduce. :)

Feb 24, 2013 3:16AM
Are they talking about teen moms, with teen friends? Because none of my friends have ever acted as needy and immature as the women depicted in this article. This is ridiculous.
Feb 24, 2013 1:44AM

I'm so sick of people who are Mom's complain about everything. My child died and I would do anything to have her back! So stop whining...


Feb 24, 2013 7:51AM
Oh, wah. What a ridiculous, whiny, poorly-written article. As though moms are treated as victims in today's culture. Absurd. I'm child-free by choice and happy, and I'm happy for my friends with kids. And you have no right whatsoever to say that I am less happy than you because of it. In fact, a recent study from New Zealand showed that enjoyment of sex and alcohol/partying rank higher than caring for children on a happiness index. 

I guess what I'm saying is while I've never behaved like someone smug to be child-free to my friends, I could certainly understand why someone would be to you, because clearly you consider yourself better than other people. Also? Your kid is not any more special than any other kid. Just a heads-up.
Feb 24, 2013 6:44AM
This is an extremely INSULTING article.  I can't have children, and it's AMAZING how people treat you (especially the husband's family) because of this.  I've pretty much been "black balled", and it's been over 15 years since we stopped the treatments, etc.  This article just brings back the pain.
Feb 24, 2013 10:16AM
who writes this garbage? The demise of real journalism right here.
Feb 24, 2013 2:30AM
This article is ridiculous. I don't have kids yet, but I have a few friends who do, and they can all afford to shop at much nicer places than I can.
Feb 24, 2013 8:22AM
This article is awful and must have been written by a truly Narcissistic individual.  It almost appears and especially the second picture and opinion concerning purchases the person would be very young say 20's. Some sort of arrested development. How terrible to be so selfish
Feb 24, 2013 5:13AM

This article reads as if written on hearsay by the brother of a teen mom. 

Feb 24, 2013 4:04PM
I have shared my thoughts directly with the journalist who wrote this insulting and ignorant atrocity. Her name is Jenna McCarthy and she fancies herself quite the funny-woman:

Shame on MSN for supporting this type of borderline-discriminatory content.

Feb 24, 2013 1:50PM
I am not a mother and am hugely insulted by this. I imagine that I would be equally insulted if I were a mother. Seems to be aimed at women and imposes all kinds of presumptions and stereotypes about our feelings, interactions, and ability to relate to one another. Revolting.
Feb 24, 2013 6:00PM
why the HELL do you try to pit moms and non-moms against each other !!!!  this is a disgusting article 
Feb 24, 2013 3:30PM
writer....your fired !   This article is absolute rubbish, I am so mad at myself for wasting my time on your nonsense. 
Feb 24, 2013 5:41PM
I am a mom and this must be one of the stupidest and ridiculous articles I have ever read. 
Feb 24, 2013 3:39PM
This is perhaps the stupidest article I have ever read on MSN.  Just because I don't have kids doesn't make me some sort of selfish freak who would act this way.  If this article is an example of their best writing, this writer should look for a job in another field. 
Feb 24, 2013 7:27PM
This is the worst article I have ever read. An insult to women who are not mothers, and women who are mothers.  The author should be ashamed of herself, and may want to rethink her profession if this is the nonsense she plans to project on others, especially for women who CAN'T have children.

The slide I found most insulting was "they accuse you of being a bad friend".  What a coincidence, the entire article is accusing non-mothers of generally being bad friends.

Feb 24, 2013 7:02PM
Total crap. Love my pet the way I love my child. It doesn't take anything away from love for a child, and my mom was the same way. That's what made her such a fantastic mom....

Feb 24, 2013 8:07PM
This is actually horrible... I am a mom of a 3 and 4 year old and pregnant with my third... hardly any of this apply s to me. Yes, I love my kids, I will do everything in my power to be the best mom I can to them, but I realize that being a good mom to them is keeping my own identity as well. So, someone can call me a half hour before they leave for a movie, I say thank you for thinking of me and Daddy can play Daddy for an hour or two. After all, the kids will grow up and if I live only for them I will not be able to have a life when they obtain their own. I think children come into your life, you do not go into theirs. Therefore, there was never any in my house when either came. They went to bed with a clean diaper and full tummy and sometimes did cry themselves to sleep. The result, my kids come to me at bedtime, give me a kiss and hug and say goodnight. THEY put themselves to bed. People who allow a newborn or toddler make the rules only punish themselves. As far as non-mom friends go, as a mom I realize the job is NOT for everyone. I remember being a non-mom and getting made fun of at a birthday party for a gift I gave my goddaughter, I remember being completely offended and appalled at how condescending those women were to me, so I make a point not to be that way with anyone who doesn't have kids. My firend should have been appreciative that as a non mom I went to a three year olds birthday party.  I think as women we need to stop judging other women... If your a mom and have your ways great... if you do not have kids or want them cool... Being a Mom doesn't mean you have to be a martyr... or loose yourself!
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