Confessions of Iowa City Moms

Recently one of our sister sites, Red Stick Moms Blog, wrote a post about mom confessions.  As I was reading it, I started thinking of my own mom confessions! I’m pretty sure we all have them, right?!?!

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The following confessions are from the Iowa City Moms Blog contributing writers and our readers who commented on our Facebook question (thank you!).  We are telling it like it is!


We are real moms from the Iowa City area and these are our confessions:

  • I’m rescheduling my daughter’s first birthday party so it doesn’t interfere with the demolition derby in my hometown (LOL but really!)
  • In an “Eat the Alphabet” project, my kid suggested “M for Margarita.” I guess we know what mommy’s drink of choice is.
  • I serve sweet corn nearly everyday for the entire month of August.
  • I’ve lived in Iowa City for 5 years and have never watched a Hawkeye sports game of any kind.
  • I made the boys who were happily playing outside come inside because I was too HOT out there and I wanted air conditioning!
  • I pretend to be asleep when I hear my girls getting up on the weekends because then my oldest (7) will pour everyone milk and cereal. (I hate when the moment I step out of bed everyone starts yelling “I want milk!” “I want breakfast!” “I want…! I want…!”)
  • My water broke like a scene from a movie in aisle 4 of a Fareway.
  • I have stuffed my kid full of all the treats her little heart desired, so we could sit through a Hawkeye basketball game.
  • I once told my daughter that cookies I had bought for myself were “mommy food” and that they would make anyone who wasn’t a mommy really sick. She couldn’t decide whether I was serious or joking, so she avoided the cookies like the plague.


  • I taught my kids to work the apple TV so I can get a few extra minutes of sleep in the morning. Disney Channel App = more sleep for Mama!
  • I shower at night (sometimes 2:00 a.m. before going to bed) then put on yoga pants to sleep in so I can sleep in and roll out of bed ‘ready’ for the day.
  • I finished off a package of cookies knowing my daughter would ask (aka beg, whine, scream) for one after her nap. Then I could say oh, looks like we’re all out sweetie!
  • I’ve told my girls that mommy has a work meeting, so I can go grocery shopping by myself. Then I sneak the groceries in when they aren’t looking!
  • I am avoiding teaching my daughter how to tell time so that she won’t know when we are putting her to bed early.
  • My son has a soy allergy, so when he asks for junk food or candy at the checkout I tell him, “No it has soy.”
  • Our daughter will not try anything she thinks is spicy (even though she doesn’t really know what spicy is), so anytime she wants to eat something that we don’t want to share with her, we just say that it’s really spicy.
  • I took advantage of the rainy evening tonight and put my kids to bed early (since they couldn’t tell that the sun was still high in the sky.)


  • I told my son I’d make butter popcorn for a movie night. He said he couldn’t taste any butter on his. That’s because I put it all on my bowl of popcorn hoping he wouldn’t notice. Ever since, he reminds me about “that one time.”
  • I hide the good ice cream in my freezer so my 6 year-old can’t find it!
  • I throw away the Happy Meal toys and pretend they are “lost.”
  • I let my oldest get up with the younger two and make them breakfast.
  • I sit with my boys EVERY.SINGLE.NIGHT until they fall asleep and I can sneak out. Some nights I’m in there a long time and others I’m not in too long. But, it’s what they need and that’s just our life:)
  • My kids are up at the crack of dawn and feed themselves breakfast… Cereal straight out of the box.
  • Lunch is almost always served on a paper towel so that I don’t have to wash more dishes!
  • My kids watch TV… and the iPad.


  • I loathed that Mickey Mouse Alphabet Soup book! It was the longest book on your shelf – you always picked it at bedtime when I was most exhausted!
  • I cut the end off your binkie when you were 3 so you’d give it up.
  • I send my kids to daycare when I have the day off.
  • Sometimes I let my daughter have two packs of fruit snacks because I can’t resist saying no when she says “pweeeease mom?”
  • I secretly hate having to wear a bike helmet.
  • I bribe my daughter with a Popsicle so she’ll eat more of her dinner! We love the smaller Outshine fruit bars!
  • After he makes us read the same book for the millionth time, my husband and I will stick it behind the couch cushions. I was vacuuming the couch today, and I pulled out fourteen books. I felt like a jerk but Skuppers the Dog is so idiotic, it causes me actual physical pain.
  • My kids eat breakfast glued to the TV so they actually eat and I can make myself presentable.


  • Sometimes we have popcorn for lunch…or dinner.
  • I skip pages in bedtime stories that are too long.
  • When I get Molly’s cupcakes, I hide the box and eat them once the kids are in bed!

There you have it, nothing but the truth!

Do you have a confession? We’d love to hear it, please leave a comment!

Shari is a stay-at-home mom who lives in Cedar Rapids with her husband Mark, 2 boys and a pug named Yoda. Her toddler and preschool age boys keep her very busy. She loves warm Iowa days for playing outside with her family. In her "spare time" Shari enjoys quiet activities like crafting, browsing Pinterest, learning photography, creating family photo books and watching favorite shows with her husband. She also loves Iowa City Moms Blog and her MOPS group for the connections with other mommies!


  1. I taught my daughter how to make coffee before she turned three – calling it how to count to three – because our coffee maker needed three scoops of coffee to brew the pot. Rational – after you make the coffee – you may wake mom up!


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