- The Frumpy Mom: This is where those high-waisted jeans come into play. Just because you're still carrying some baby weight doesn't mean you have to wear clothes that accentuate unwanted bulges! We all have a bit of the frumpy mom in us, but some women go beyond lounging in sweats at home and missing the occasional shower. Stereotypical frumpy moms may have drab hair, wear sweats or "mom jeans" and sneakers all the time, and pass on the deodorant. If you find that the word comfortable (with no room for fun, sexy, or up-to-date) describes your wardrobe in its entirety, you may be morphing into a frumpy mom.
- The Gossipy Mom: She's out on the town, so beware! This mom will get the low-down on you in a snap and be sure to spread it around to the neighbors. If you find yourself badmouthing someone else's parenting skills to another mom on the schoolyard, you might just fit this stereotype.
- The Gear-Head Mom: Her 40-pound bag is a dead giveaway. Need an extra packet of baby wipes? She'll have one. A bottle, bib, or clean outfit? She'll have those, too. No matter the event, she's prepared with a variety of baby gear at all times.
- The Trendy Mom: The latest gadgets related to Baby are sure to be found in her home. She has the newest digital/video baby monitors and a high-fashion baby bag. She's trying on baby sign language for size, employing Feng Shui in the nursery, and is studying attachment parenting books. While it's easy to get caught up in the new-parent mayhem, remember that you don't need to be on top of every parenting philosophy or baby trend to be a good parent.
How You Can Free Yourself
Want to break the mommy mold and be your own person? Free yourself from stereotypes with these easy tips:
- Be impractical once in awhile. On-the-go moms appreciate comfortable shoes, but break out those sexy heels and wear them on occasion. "Watch the way people look at you—and the way you feel, as a result," suggests April Masini, advice columnist and author of Think & Date Like A Man.
- Walk tall. Simply changing your posture can have enormous effects on your self-esteem and how other people perceive you. Be proud of who you are and don't be afraid to strut your stuff. Throw your shoulders back, carry yourself with pride and respect, and chances are other people will take notice!