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Survey of the Day: Many Moms Would Rather Be Thin Than Have Smart Kids

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Survey of the Day: Many Moms Would Rather Be Thin Than Have Smart Kids

The TODAY show and partnered to conduct a survey — oh, how we love us some juicy survey results! — of moms about their “secrets and confessions.”  Here are some of the more interesting finds:

  1. Nearly one in five moms admits medicating their child to get through a special event like a plane flight; one in 12 does it just to get some peace and quiet on a regular night.
  2. Half have knowingly sent a sick kid to daycare or school.
  3. 85 percent use their kids to get out of social obligations.
  4. Nearly one in three uses work as an excuse to avoid taking care of the kids.

Okay, I’ll confess, I’ll confess!  I’m guilty of #2 and #3, and am not above resorting to #1.  I’ve also had to walk away from a screaming baby or two in fear of LOSING MY FREAKIN’ MIND.  (Yeah, I know what you’re thinking:  Mind?  That ship sailed a LONG time ago, Candy.  Ha, ha.  Very funny, Mom.)

More fun facts:

  1. 44 percent of moms would rather be 15 pounds thinner than add 15 points to their child’s IQ.
  2. One in four fears their partner is a better parent than they are.
  3. One in ten wishes their child was the opposite sex – and of those moms, 60 percent have boys.

Hmmmm… no, no and no.  I’d rather add 15 points to my children’s IQs, so they are brilliant enough to develop a line of delicious chocolates that miraculously make me lose weight.  Win-win!

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Candy Kirby is the founder of The Laughing Stork and a professional fun-maker who will never stop chasing her lifelong dream: to find the Pomeranian or porn star after whom her parents must have named her. A humor columnist for Disney, Nickelodeon, Scary Mommy, Reductress and Redbook, she also used to be a staff writer for the soap opera, The Bold and the Beautiful, where she penned many scripts featuring prolonged heated stares and countless “Who’s the Daddy?” story lines. Candy lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two young kids and three rescue Persian cats, the latter of whom are the real brains behind this operation (so send all complaints to them).

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