10 Comebacks for Snarky Comments about Being a Working Mom

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As if juggling work schedules, meetings, childcare, housework and family weren’t enough, moms who work outside of the home also frequently have to deal with less-than-helpful comments from people who don’t understand their situations. So, being the considerate smart aleck that I am, I thought I would save working mothers some time by arming them with lighthearted comebacks for those snarky remarks they might hear:

10. Comment: “I could never let someone else raise my kids.”
Comeback: “Really?  Not even the Beckhams?  They seem like a cool family.  But until they offer, I guess I’ll have to continue raising my kids, too — just with some help.”


9. Comment: “You must really miss your kids when you’re at work.”
Comeback: “Yes.  Almost as much as I miss having access to Pinterest.”


8. Comment: “You look exhausted.”
Comeback: “So you’re saying I should invest in stronger concealer?”


7. Comment: “I don’t know how you do it. I’d feel too guilty.”
Comeback: “I do sometimes.  I also feel guilty when I hide in the bathroom and eat the kids’ candy, but what I’ve learned is: we all survive it.”


6. Comment: “I don’t understand how you could choose your career over your kids.”
Comeback: “Four words: ‘eeny, meeny, miny, moe.’  In all seriousness, though, I think you’ve misunderstood: I chose my career and my kids.”


5. Comment: “Your house must be a mess.”
Comeback: “You really need to stop peeking in my window.”


4. Comment: “There’s always time to work later; these early years are so precious.”
Comeback: “Do you think the utilities company will accept that excuse as an IOU?”


3. Comment: “I’d give anything to get away from my kids for an entire day.”
Comeback: “You’re hired!”


2. Comment: “If your husband is successful, why do you need to work?”
Comeback: “Free Bagel Wednesdays.  Duh.”


1. Comment: “Your kid is acting out because he doesn’t get enough parenting.”
Comeback: “No, he’s just mad they’ve renewed ‘Keeping Up with the Kardashians’ for another season.”

Hopefully, these silly responses will deflect any further inappropriateness and redirect the conversation to a subject on which we can all agree: just how amazing Free Bagel Wednesdays truly are.

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