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5 Rules To Follow If You Want To Be A Cool Mom

I am aware that I am on oxymoron territory here, but being a cool mom is possible, it just takes a little bit of thought and some planning. 

1. Mom Cool 

There is no cool quite like mom cool. It is off, way off, on a tangent by itself, people who aren’t a mom don’t know how to get there, the secret is all neatly explained in a leaflet that they give you leaving hospital with your baby. Did you know that there was a specific place that fashion actually went to die? It’s in the FAQ’s. 

2. Mom Clothes


There is such a thing as mom clothes, mom jeans for example, which ironically shops are now marketing as an actual style that people can choose to buy. Tip – you can spot the mom jeans wearing mom from the general mom jeans wearing population by their choice of footwear. If it is practical, sturdy and lightweight you are in actual mom territory. All moms banish stylish, colourful and fun footwear when they become moms. Fact.  

3. Decide How Mom You Want To Go

There is a sliding scale of mom-ness, you can dip your toe in or you can fully immerse yourself, going so far as to even get a mom haircut. Yes, indeed, it is true, such a thing exists however, you can’t specifically ask for one, you have to allude to it subtly hinting at your sleep deprivation/don’t have time to eat let alone blow dry long hair demands.

4. The Coolest Of All The Moms


Seeming hip and down with the kids is a literal tightrope with precipices on either side should you misstep. Trends change like lightning and trust me, you don’t want to be the only mom outside a girls school in a One Direction tshirt when everyone all of a sudden prefers The Vamps. Tread carefully. I don’t know who they are either, but in all of the mom-ness, school run eyeing’s up and down, it is important not to get too far away from who you are. You know, that person who has a sense of humour and doesn’t spend every waking moment staring at their child in wonderment, they are four now, you should have stopped that by now… 

5. True Cool

With all of the momming, winning, parenting hoopla that goes on, don’t lose sight of yourself, because if we can all cast our minds back to our more recent efforts to be cool, circa first year in secondary school, what we learned from the process of mortification that ensued was that coolness was all about confidence anyway.

Confidence, remember that? I didn’t directly transition into mom, in fact, I’m still sort of waiting and confession time, frequently get caught in the rain, doing the school run in flip flops. Am I cool? No. But also, there is some liberation to be had in not caring about it. The bottom line is, suit yourself and if you want to go full mom 2.0, go for it, but don’t judge me about clinging to my fur jackets like a life raft. Yes, I know there are more practical life rafts out there, it’s too late for me, save yourself! 

Do you strive to be a cool mom? Or could you not give a fig about such a title?! Let us know in the comments.

About the Author

Jane is a writer, blogger and mammy based in South Dublin. She has spearheaded equality programmes and advocacy campaigns for large NGO’s and is now following a lifelong dream in establishing herself as a writer. Recently qualified in Journalism, Jane has won the June 2015 Original Writing Short Story competition, has been longlisted for the Blog Awards 2015 and runs The Postmodern Mammy. Never one to shy away from controversy, Jane enjoys writing about parenting, politics and social issues.


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