Chutzpah: Necessary to be a mom

Chutzpah. This is a word that is used often by myself because sometimes I just can’t believe what people do. I mean really! I thought it would be fun to share our Chutzpah moments. The only rules are no names of stores, people, or events. You may also not use inappropriate language. Leave a comment listing your favorite Chutzpah moment! I mean laughter is the best medicine.


Or khutspe. Nerve, extreme arrogance, brazen presumption. In English, chutzpah often connotes courage or confidence, but among Yiddish speakers, it is not a compliment. For more Yiddish WordsChut

In honor of Mother’s day this month I would like to deem Mothers everywhere the owners of the most chutzpah. I believe nothing can push you out of your comfort zone faster then the need to protect, defend, or do more for your children. I thought it would be fun to share our Chutzpah moments. What have you done that have taken guts good or bad?

Here is mine. I have a very kind little boy who often didn’t speak up if someone was taking advantage of his kindness. He had a friend who was a bit of a bully. We often had play dates at my house and this child would take toys and generally act unkindly toward my son. The child was almost five so this is generally normal developmentally. I of course mentally know this but as a mom I didn’t really care since this child was constantly teasing, taking from, and generally not being nice to my child.

What did I do that was brazen and generally arrogant? Well, I told the child if he didn’t be nice he would never have any friends to play with and I grabbed the book he had just taken from my son and gave it back. I know it wasn’t the right thing to say or do but I was not in my teacher mind. I had enough.

I also thought this was a good joke so I would share it. This is especially funny to me since I am on bed rest in the hospital and my husband is now in charge! The hardest job in the world is being a parent. It is the most rewarding but also the most difficult. (disclaimer my sense of humor may not be the same as yours. I am more punchy than normal since I am confined to a hospital bed however we all need a laugh)

Thanks Peggy for the joke it made my day!


6 married men
will be dropped on an island
with 1 car
and 3 kids each
for 6 weeks.

Each kid will play 2 sports
and take either music or dance classes.

There is no fast food.

Each man must
take care of his 3 kids;
keep his assigned house clean,
correct all homework,
complete science projects,
do laundry,
and pay a list of ‘pretend’ bills
with not enough money.

In addition,
each man
will have to budget enough money
for groceries each week.
(mine would have to use coupons)

Each man
must remember the birthdays

of all their friends and relatives,
and send cards out on time–no emailing.

Each man must also take each child
to a doctor’s appointment,
a dentist appointment
and a haircut appointment.

He must make one unscheduled and
visit per child to the Emergency Room.

He must also make cookies or cupcakes
for a school function.

Each man will be responsible for
decorating his own assigned house,
planting flowers outside, and keeping it
presentable at all times.

The men will only have access to television
when the kids are asleep and all chores are done.

The men must shave their legs,

wear makeup daily,

adorn themselves with jewelry,

wear uncomfortable yet stylish shoes,

keep fingernails polished,

and eyebrows groomed

During one of the six weeks,

the men will have to endure severe
abdominal cramps, backaches, headaches,
have extreme, unexplained mood swings

but never once complain or slow down
from other duties.

They must attend weekly school meetings
and church,
and find time at least once to spend
the afternoon at the park or a similar

They will need to read a book to the kids each night
and in the morning,
feed them,
dress them,
brush their teeth
comb their hair

by 7:30 am.

A test will be given
at the end of the six weeks,
and each father will be required to know
all of the following information:
each child’s
height, weight,
shoe size, clothes size,
doctor’s name,
the child’s weight at birth,
length, time of birth,
and length of labor,
each child’s favorite color,
middle name,
favorite snack,
favorite song,
favorite drink,
favorite toy,
biggest fear,
and what they want to be when they grow up.

The kids vote them off the island based on performance.

The last man wins only if…
he still
has enough energy
to be intimate with his spouse
at a moment’s notice.

If the last man does win,
he can play the game over and over and over
again for the next 18-25 years,
eventually earning the right
to be called Mother!

Have a great day! Keep up the good work!

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  1. BAMBI says

    I love,love,love it. Now that’s one that I’ll watch!
    Take care of yourself!
    Thanks for all you do!


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