On Scary Mommy: Game-Changing Advice from a Midlife Mom


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By Estelle Erasmus

People who know me, know that I love to laugh, and definitely have a take-no-prisoners cut-to-the-chase side of my personality. Well, I indulged that side this week. Here is a post I wrote about game-changing advice from a midlife mom on Scary Mommy.

Just think of me as a Genie in a Bottle. You’re welcome!

So the other day an administrator from my daughter’s school (where I’m a class mom) offered me the job of chairing the annual fund committee for 1st grade. I politely thanked her for thinking of me, but declined her offer. I’ve been down that volunteer highway-to-hell road, and frankly, I ain’t got time for that.

Giving birth to my ┬ánow-6-year-old daughter in my forties has given me the ability to cut to the chase. There are things worth doing (like speed-eating Doritos while binge-watching Orange Is the New Black, whiling away the hours shopping in the local Bermuda triangle land of Target, and plucking the gray hairs out of your eyebrows) and then there is stuff that will eat your kishkes out if you let it. So, in the interest of saving your sanity, I’m happy to share a few hacks that I’ve learned along the way.

Trumping Annoying Customer Service People

Your child is starting up a rollicking game of “Mommy, find my socks,” and while you are willing to “play” (which, let’s be clear, really means yelling “find them yourself”), you first have to figure out why the doctor charged you double for an office visit, or explain to a clueless rep why you will not be paying for the calls to Guyana on your phone bill.


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5 thoughts on “On Scary Mommy: Game-Changing Advice from a Midlife Mom”

  1. My younger sister had her kids later in life…and it’s awesome to be around my niece and nephew…but I’m glad my youngest is starting his last year of high school. haha.

  2. Customer service personnel beware, there is nothing you can do when you piss off a middle aged woman so just surrender and give us what we want. Otherwise we will out last you! Love the post!

  3. lol funny…thinking about those days when the kids were little and I had to deal with it. You are so right on…time waits for no one indeed! Oh, I posted here so as not to have to make an account.

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