The Expert Panel of Moms on "Diva Mothers": How Much is Too Much?
Here's a riddle: chances are, you know someone who has one. My Nana had four and my grandmother had six. You, yourself, may have one. So, what on earth am I talking about? Kids, of course!
Recently, I read an interview in People with the host of "Pregnant in Heels", about the ridiculous demands some of her clients. Rosie Pope, the maternity concierge, is the only one who seems to have any sense on this show. She teaches the mothers everything they need to know from changing a diaper to cooking, as well as making sure their every need is met.
To make this piece as unbiased as possible, I e-mailed all of the REAL moms I could think of. It's a group that includes housewives, young moms, old moms, new moms, a burlesque dancer and my former pole dance instructor, a waitress, a teacher, aunts, my grandmother, a cashier, a classmate, two fellow writers, principal at a school for special needs students, and, of course, my own mother. I literally messaged EVERY mom I knew who was my Facebook friend and gave them forty-eight hours to respond to my message. I got twenty responses back and came up with a rough ratio of how many mothers thought each behavior was ridiculous. So, here are some of the diva behaviors that I wanted to see if REAL moms thought these reported behaviors are reasonable or ridiculous:
- Wearing a couture gown during labor, as well as having hair and make-up done before-hand-all of them found this ridiculous.
- Male strippers dressed as babies at a baby shower- sixteen out of seventeen found this ridiculous.
- Shelling out thousands of dollars to find the perfect baby name to brand a baby. For example, hiring a focus group: none found this reasonable.
- An energy-efficient nursery: one-third found this ridiculous.
- A naked painting of a pregnant client while riding a horse: one-third found this ridiculous.
- Mariah Carey took her dogs to a therapist to prepare them for the arrival of her twins: one in seven found this ridiculous.
- Getting a baby into British aristocracy: no need to average this because every single mother found this ridiculous.
- Prenatal pilates/yoga/etc. classes: one of thirteen found this ridiculous.
- Women wearing bikinis while pregnant: five out of nine found this ridiculous.
- Women breastfeeding in public: two out of five women found this ridiculous.