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The Mumcyclopedia – what kind of Parent are you?

The Mumcyclopedia – what kind of Parent are you?

What kind of parent are you?

If you had asked me this before my first baby was born, I would have had a pretty clear idea. I would be kind, loving, supportive and nurturing to her.  I would be in control, calm, relaxed – one of those mothers who just seems to be on top of everything.  Oh yes, that would be me.

I had no idea that since the day I found out I was pregnant with Miss M, I would cry at the drop of a hat.  I did not expect my capacity to tolerate anything sad/scary/soppy/happy would diminish so drastically that the slightest hint of a tear in someone else’s eyes would reduce me to hysterics.

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However, on the flip side, I did not expect my capacity to laugh at the most minor incident would flourish so much too.  Miss M’s every word, expression and toddling action fills me with the most unmatched delight constantly and I find myself in fits of giggles at the smallest of funny things she does.  And at every episode of Peppa Pig.

One thing I have noticed in the past couple of years is how different some parents are – their personalities, parenting techniques and how they have adapted to being new parents.  We’re not all programmed to parent in the same way, or to adapt to parenthood in the same way.

Some of them I aspire to be.  Some of them, I avoid at all costs.  Just a few of my ‘favourites’ are below:

1.  Mummy Poppins
The mummy I wanted to be – always happy, always smiling, always perfectly in control.  You expect they must be falling to pieces inside but no.  They have genuinely embraced motherhood with happiness and positivity and they are likely blessed with a perfect sleeper, a non-fussy toddler or an easy child birth.

They do not brag about these things though, they are discreet and supportive and radiate that kind of natural maternal love that draws you to them.

I have lots of friends like this – I want to be just like them.

2.  Jumpy Mummy
In sharp contrast, this mummy has lost it.  Perhaps she’s lost her control, her mind, her marbles.  Although she isn’t at all a screaming, shouting, mean mummy, motherhood has thrown her so much out of her comfort zone that she’s probably scared to death of her every action.

She’s paranoid that every tiny baby cry, yelp or cough in public will make her look like a bad mummy.  She constantly senses all the judgmental eyes of the world on her and over-compensates constantly with ‘She isn’t usually this noisy’ or ‘I’m sorry, he must be tired’.  She looks frantic and stressed and she probably is.

This is a mummy I want to hug and to reassure that everything will be ok because everything they’re probably doing is ok.  If only it wasn’t weird to randomly hug strangers.

3.  The Mumpetitor
Those who think motherhood is their chance to compete in the Parenthood Olympic Games.  These are the mums who speak only of their pregnancy or of their children, despite you being in the same boat as them.  They drone for hours about how they’re managing motherhood without ever asking once how you are doing.  They constantly feel the need to 1-up every comment you try to make about your child.  Every time.

Their child sat, crawled, walked and probably pooped before yours did.  They send you photographic evidence of every milestone in their child’s life.

Now don’t get me wrong, motherhood brings out a sense of pride in you that you’ve never experienced before.  Not only did you create this wonderful miniature human yourself but you’re also delighted to share every developmental milestone with the world.  But perhaps, even occasionally, ask about the other mum’s child too.

I’ve encountered a couple of these along the way and now avoid them like the plague.

4.  Super Mum
Oh how I long to be you.  Super Mum is on the ball with everything.  She’s ticking off her pregnancy To Do List weeks in advance, written a birth plan for every possible eventuality and she’s likely decided on how to wear her hair during the birth.  She’s busy juggling raising a baby, running a household, back at work and enlisted a personal trainer to get back into her pre-baby attire.  She looks like she has it all and she does but she works bloody hard for it.

Unlike Mummy Poppins, Super Mum is shattered but she’s pushing through anyway to make sure she’s fighting fit to handle everything.

I salute you, Super Mum.  I don’t know many of you.  You’re a rare breed.

5.  Sanctimummy
Oh yes, this old favourite.  The sanctimonious mummy.  Sanctimummy knows everything about being a mummy – the best way to give birth, what babies should eat, how they should sleep, everything.  She probably knew before she was a mummy, she’s that girl.

Sanctimummy not only knows everything about parenthood but is also compelled to tell you all she knows because in her opinion, you’re doing it wrong.

Unlike Super Mum, Sanctimummy’s main aim isn’t to just do a good job for her family but feels the need to ‘educate’ you too.  On everything.  Without invitation.  If you don’t parent in exactly the way she does, she will judge you and put you down.  To your face.  Again, avoid at all costs.

Which am I?  Well I suspect that rather than the serene and always-in-control mother I hoped to be, I am probably a bit of all of the above.  After all, I suppose it ‘takes one to know one’, doesn’t it?

Which one are you?  Or do you have another to add to the list?  What kind of parent are you?

Please share in the comments below – unless you’re a No. 5 – in which case, please keep your comments to yourself :)

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  1. thismummylark
    / 10:15 am

    Ooooh i think i have been a mix of 1 and 2 hopefully NEVER be a number 5. Interesting post :) as long as im a good mum im happy.

    • / 4:50 pm

      Ha oh me too – and I never want to be a 5 either :)

  2. Min
    / 9:53 am

    I think I veer between number 2 and number 4 (mostly the former, sadly). Let’s hope it’s the latter that I’m presenting to the world.

    • / 11:39 am

      I know exactly what you mean! I wish I was Super Mum…one day :) x

  3. Mummuddlingthrough
    / 1:17 am

    I always cringe at these posts as I wonder how other people see me? Probably a little bit of each, and hopefully a bit #cool mummy too ;-) #coolmumclub thanks for joining us.

    • / 11:40 am

      Ha me too – I have an idea of what I WANT them to see but I probably don’t want to know how I actually come across! x

  4. Pauline
    / 10:11 am

    I’m No.2 jumpy mummy! But like you I think I have a bit of all of them haha x

    • / 8:51 pm

      I’m definitely a Jumpy Mummy too at the moment! :)

  5. Rachel Hirst (Umeandthekids)
    / 2:53 pm

    Love this! I really want to be Mummy Poppins, I have changed throughout my children’s childhood at the moment with a Teen and a Tween I am probably Jumpy Mummy. Thanks for linking this great post to #RetroBlogPosts this week

    • / 8:55 pm

      Thanks so much! :)

  6. Rosie @Eco-Gites of Lenault
    / 8:54 pm

    I think I am Mummy Me … I do things the way that seems right but sometimes isn’t but I try to stay true to me at all times. Yup – Mummy Me. #RetroBlogPost

    • / 7:00 pm

      Best kind of Mummy there is :)

  7. Stephanie siviter
    / 6:07 am

    I used to be number 2 … I’m probably number 2 on most days – but Now I’m also a new kind – the mum who is just too tired to care anymore. Excellent post.

    • / 7:00 pm

      Ha ha Stephanie – yes, I know exactly how you feel :)

  8. shelley
    / 12:07 pm

    Hahah! this ones good, so funny, there are so many number 5’s around! I think, or I hope, I’m a mixture between number 1 and 2! But who knows…

    • / 6:59 pm

      Oh there are – they’re everywhere and they won’t shush :)

  9. Tim
    / 11:31 pm

    I’m with Dave. Sanctimummy is SO annoying – as if there’s only one right way to bring up a child and it has to be her way. And I’ve certainly come across plenty of mumpetitors (and their dad equivalents) in my time – you can practically see the waves of passive-aggression rising from them.

    • / 6:59 pm

      Oh she IS annoying! To be avoided whenever possible :)

  10. Lisa (mummascribbles)
    / 8:32 pm

    Ohhhh I’m definitely supermum right? I mean, I work full time, I get toddler to where he needs to be every day and myself to work on time. Super right?!

    Oh hang on…I don’t have a personal trainer and struggle to even find time to exercise; I don’t really ‘run’ the household and there’s mess, clothes, nappies scattered everywhere.

    Dammit…I’m not supermum! I am exhausted though and I have to push through it hehe!!

    Great post :) Thanks for linking up to #twinklytuesday

    • / 6:58 pm

      You are totally Super Mum! :) :) I am exhausted mum – all of them time :)

  11. Laura @ Life with Baby Kicks
    / 10:22 am

    Ooh I do’t know!! I hope I’m not #5!! I’d like to think I am Super Mum at times (the toddler definitely isn’t easy enough to make me mummy poppins) though I don’t think I am quite there…I had another one a second a go and I lost it #scatterbrain #pregnancybrain

    • / 6:57 pm

      You definitely are not no 5!! :)

  12. Louise @ Birds and Lilies
    / 9:59 pm

    Haha! I think I’m lucky enough to not have come across a number five mum! I’m sure that will change once my daughter is at school though! xx

    • / 9:02 pm

      Oh you are lucky – look out for them though and run in the opposite direction ha ha!

    • / 9:02 pm

      I want to read your list too! :)

  13. Elaine @ Entertaining Elliot
    / 4:17 pm

    I’d like to think I’m Mummy Poppins but I definitely have a bit of jumpy Mummy about me too!! I’ve met all of the above, including a very annoying Dadpetitor who’s child had literally done everything and more by the time she was a week old. If your child could count to 5 then his had already learnt her times table!!

    • / 9:02 pm

      Oh yes, it isn’t restricted to the mums!! :)

  14. / 9:08 pm

    Ha ha we all know one of those mums! I’m hoping I don’t fit into any of those categories :-)

    • / 9:20 pm

      We do – they’re everywhere ha! Me too – although I definitely think I must be a bit of all of the above argh :)

    • / 9:21 pm

      We do – they’re everywhere ha! Me too – although I definitely think I must be a bit of the ones I don’t want to be too argh :)

  15. kidGLloves
    / 6:36 am

    The Mother says – I’m so not anything like I imagined I would be. I remember posting something very similar and when you look back, it’s amazing the conception you have of Motherhood but how different you actually become.
    Lucas says – I think the Mother should try and be SuperMum. That way she would have to wear her pants outside her trousers and that would be really funny…………
    #MMWBH #brilliantblogposts

    • / 9:01 pm

      Isn’t it funny how different you turn out to be in reality! Ha ha I bet you’re a SuperMum! :)

  16. Ashley Beolens
    / 9:02 pm

    Well apart from being a dad not a mum, I and my partner wouldn’t fit any of those we are the relaxed parents, probably the ones found n the corner of the playground making up stories about the other mums and dads, to entertain ourselves (not spreading lies, just fun for us), plodding along as parents, not the pinterest mums or the jumpy mums, but probably normal parents :0

    • / 9:20 pm

      Ha ha that’s brilliant :)

  17. Jenni - Odd Socks and Lollipops
    / 1:33 pm

    I would love to be mummy poppins but I am definitely more of a jumpy mummy!

  18. hannah mum's days
    / 11:54 am

    Oh, I’d love to be Mary Poppins Mummy, sadly I’m probably more of the jumpy mummy, never on the ball and always chasing my tail ;)

    Thanks for linking up to #TheList xx

    • / 9:16 pm

      Ha ha me too – I don’t think I could be Mary Poppins in any aspect of my life though :) :)

  19. Jules
    / 9:20 am

    Sanctimummy and Mumpetitors drive me crazy. Life is too short to be that way! What about the “Coasting-by” mummy. Coasting along, just about staying sane and keeping the children alive ;) #brilliantblogposts

    • / 9:15 pm

      It really is! I like it, I should add that one to the list :)

  20. John Adams
    / 5:52 am

    I’m Number 6 – a stay at home dad. I am, therefore, fortunate to avoid such judgement and stereotypes! That said, I was recently called a “super dad” which made me feel uncomfortable. #BrilliantBlogPosts

    • / 9:14 pm

      Ah I’m sure they meant it with the best intentions, it’s a lovely compliment :)

  21. Mummy Says
    / 11:07 pm

    I’m not sure, I guess I’m just a mum and anything else – well it depends on the day! x

    • / 9:12 pm

      Lol yes – sometimes I’m just happy to have got through the day! :)

  22. Alice Young
    / 12:18 pm

    I think unfortunately(for some) I’m a bit of all of these. I go through phases. Although not very nice I think we all possible have a bit of mumpetitor in us; in a sense of being proud of our children. This post did make me laugh though. I’d obviously like to ultimately bit mummy poppins but that is pretty unlikely!! Thanks for linking up #MummyMonday xx

    • / 4:51 pm

      I definitely am too! :)

  23. El and Baby A
    / 10:02 am

    Pfft I am obviously a mix of super mom and mummy poppins – and a side of super nanny ;) Aren’t we all? haha – yeah I am a jumpy type for sure! xx

    • / 4:49 pm

      Yes you are!! :) :) I’m definitely Jumpy a LOT! :)

  24. / 11:39 am

    Think I’m jumpy mummy. :) #TheList

    • / 4:47 pm

      I have MANY Jumpy Mummy moments! :)

  25. everything mummy
    / 9:06 pm

    this post did make me giggle I’ve come across far too many mumpetitors since becoming a parent i now know to take it with a pinch of salt and nod along they soon get bored if you done compete back ;) god knows which one I am probably a mixture of a jumpy mum and wanabe super mum i think I’m organised and can do it all for a week and then usually crash out! thanks for linking up to #sundaystars x

    • / 4:49 pm

      Oh those Mumpetitors are everywhere aren’t they – I try and dodge them – sometimes they’re in disguise ha ha! :)

  26. katy (what katy said)
    / 6:09 pm

    This is so good! I am not competitive or jumpy or sanctimonious which leaves mummy poppins and super mum lol. I would love to be both! Maybe I am jumpy…. #SundayStars

    • / 4:48 pm

      Aww thanks Katy! I bet you’re definitely those ones too :) :)

  27. mummyofboygirltwins
    / 10:29 am

    I think I might be no.2! I’ve definitely lost all control over my life and my twins make me feel constantly anxious! Who knows what they will do next???? Great post :) Love this, Jess x #sundaystars

    • / 4:47 pm

      I think with twins you automatically qualify as a Super Mum! :)

  28. mamavsteacher
    / 9:33 pm

    Eee…I’m not sure which one I am…I guess if you don’t really know you must be a mixture or in denial but I definitely don’t think I’m number 5!

    • / 4:46 pm

      I bet there’s no way you’re a number 5!! :)

  29. ali
    / 9:00 pm

    I’m not sure where i am in this (I’m sure a few school gate mums would classify me in a few!) I can think of a few super mums though! #weekendbloghop

    • / 4:46 pm

      I bet you’re a Super Mum :) :)

  30. Louise
    / 8:11 am

    Love this list! I know some of all of these. I’d love to be Mummy Poppins but don’t quite manage it. I think I am Seesaw Mummy – hovering between the good moments of feeling like I’m juggling it all and the moments when I am pulling my hair out! :-)

    • / 4:45 pm

      Thanks Louise! Love it – I’m also a Seesaw! :)

  31. martyn
    / 2:26 pm

    I’m definitely jumpydaddy! I’d love to be daddy poppins or super dad but know that I only glimpse in those areas. I am competitive but not with the boys…..I show pride without competing. It’s funny though. There are plenty of parents who you look at in some of these categories but for them they’re something different. Parenting is tough enough lol. Great post.

    • / 4:44 pm

      It’s so lovely to be proud of them and show it – the competition drives me nuts! :)

  32. The DADventurer (Dave)
    / 2:15 pm

    Number 5’s are so annoying. There are a few at the baby groups we go to and they really wind me up. Also, number 3 is pretty annoying too!

    • / 4:44 pm

      Oh they ARE – not always easy to avoid unfortunately! :)

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