Mom, You’re a Rebel: 3 Voices You Ignore, and How that Makes You a Bada**

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Voice 1: That of Our Peers

Ever had a person you’ve just met give you parenting advice? I don’t mean on a forum, where you’ve politely asked for a way to keep your kids from removing their diapers and smearing shit on your walls; I mean the unasked- for stuff.

Voice 2: That of General Society

So some of those “mom clichés” are there for a reason.

Voice 3: That of our Own Stupid Brains

You know who I thought I was going to be like before I became a mother? Aunt Vivian, from Fresh Prince of Bel Air. I was going to be loving, and soft-spoken, and kind. I was going to be strong but not overbearing, I was going to be available to do anything for my children, and I would never, ever yell or spank or threaten. When I would enter the room, harp music would play and bunnies would gather at my feet. My shits would smell like fresh-baked cinnamon rolls.

Activist, humor writer, parent advocate. Lots of things. Website: theariannabradford.com

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