Me: Because we move in a few days.
Hubby: Okay, why do you need your hair dyed before we move?
Me: So I make a statement to all the other women in our neighborhood. I have bright red hair, I'm covered in tattoos, this is me.
Hubby: We're moving on to base for crying out loud, not to Wisteria Lane.
Me: Actually, minus the killing people that happens on Wisteria Lane, we are moving to Wisteria Lane. And I need to establish my presence from the first time anyone even looks at me.
Hubby: Whatever, that makes no sense. Just don't start any shit, okay?
Me: I'm not starting shit, thank you. And you aren't a woman, so you don't understand.
I was telling a friend of mine this conversation while she dyed my hair, and she completely got it. She understood what I was saying, and why it was so important for me to dye my hair before we moved.
So yes, I figure that I'll be talked about because we are the new people on the block, so I'd give these ladies something to talk about with my bright red hair and my tattoos. This is who I am, and if just my look offends you, then don't bother coming over and striking up a conversation with me. If my look intrigues you, then we'll sit down and have a cup of coffee.
All of this got me thinking about how we women, moms especially, talk about other women and moms. It happens, so don't sit back and say, "I never talk about other moms behind their backs." You do, even if it's in the privacy of your own home and you are telling the cat about how the woman across the street has no business wearing those leggings outside the house, or how the woman down the street never seems to put on a bra before heading to the grocery store and considering her boobs touch her knees, she really needs to re-think that decision.
So, how do you avoid being talked about by other moms? I've come up with a few pointers to live by to not have your every move scrutinized by the women around you.
5 Ways to Avoid Being Talked About By Other Moms
- Mind your business. If you don't judge other moms, then you won't be judged. Wait, that's not right. Even if you never stick your nose into anyone else's business, other moms will wonder why you never speak to anyone. Keeping to yourself means you have secrets to hide, and we'll start trying to figure out what those secrets are instead of just befriending you.
- Always have a smile on your face. If you have an optimistic outlook on life, then other moms won't