Murphy’s Law: Motherhood

Murphy's Law-Motherhood
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We’ve all had those days.  The ones where NOTHING goes the way you want it.  For the longest time I have claim that it’s Murphy’s Law of Motherhood.  For every situation in your mommy life from discipline to potty training, from toys to food and even homework there is a Murphy’s law is there.

Murphy’s Law: A rule that states, “If something can go wrong, it will.” An addition to this law reads, “and usually at the worst time.” The identity of “Murphy” is unknown, but the saying was first used during the 1940s and may have originated with members of the armed forces in World War II.
— Murphy’s Law | Define Murphy’s Law at

Here is my #fridayfive list of Murphy’s Laws I’ve come across so far:

Murphy’s Law: Discipline: As soon as you tell you kid no they can’t do x, their friend will come up to inform you that their parents say it’s ok to do x.

In 2016, I wrote in Murphy’s Law: Discipline:

A warning for parents.  Your children will be fairly easy to handle until they start interacting with other children.  Then there will always be the fight between your “house rules” and their friends “house rules”.  It’s going to happen from birth until they no longer live under your roof.

Over the weekend our family spent time with relatives and my niece who is a year older than Bootsie was the culprit of this one.  I had told Bootsie no about doing something or other (truthfully I can’t remember now what it was) and her cousin came to inform me that her father (my brother in law) said that it was ok.


There goes my control out the window.

Have no fear.  At some point you will be on the other end of this conversation.  Hopefully the offending event or behavior isn’t too serious and it can be explained that neither child should do whatever they want to do.

Murphy’s Law: Potty Training – When potty training your little one will only want to go on the potty at the most inconvenient times.

Don’t Play The Comparison Game: As much as people want to tell you that there is a science to potty training, really, as a friend said the other day, you don’t see many people who ever made it to adulthood without eventually being potty trained.

Your potty training journey will include:

  • Wanting to go when you’re in a hurry.  Ever tried to do a 5 minute run into the store for some forgotten milk and you have to stop for a pee break?  Yeah, that’s Murphy’s Law!
  • Wanting to go when you’re stuck in traffic. It’s inevitable that when you’re stuck in between exits that you’ll have an emergency moment.
  • Wanting to go 30 minutes after you just made a pit stop for the whole family.  While you’re there in the bathroom, staring at the commode, your little one will swear up and down that they don’t have to go.  As soon as you’re back in the car down the road, they’ll have to go.

Murphy’s Law: Toys – Whether at home or away the toy you can’t find is the one they want the most.

Murphy’s Law at it’s finest – As a mother you come across a lot of good motherly and parenting advice and adages, but nothing will prepare you for what I’ve just learned about little boys and toys.  

The latest incarnation of this rule came on a night when the whole family was going out to dinner.  Thinking ahead, this well prepared mommy grabbed a truck and trailer and a motorcycle as a complete afterthought to bring to dinner remembering somehow in my experience that my napping boy would need a little distraction if the evening got boring.  We have tablets for this exact reason, but the boy has been obsessed with trucks and vehicles so I figured this would be more entertaining.


  • thought I was doing great.
  • prepared.
  • anticipated.
  • was wrong.

That was until my loving little boy Boogie (age 3) woke up and turned into a demon in his quest for “the other mo-mo” meaning the one that I didn’t happen to grab on my way out the door.

His reaction was classic.  30 minutes of sitting behind my husband screaming at lower tones before he screamed “BLOODY MURDER” what he wanted and when he wanted it.  Have you noticed how desperate a child can get over a simple toy?  I swear if parents or adults acted this way we’d be locked up in the loony bin! (Is that politically correct to say?  Not trying to be offensive, but really, I picture wrapping my son in a straight jacket straight out of the cartoons!)

It made my husband snap.  He yelled.

I kinda tried not to laugh.  All of this because his toys weren’t the right toys?  Does this make him spoiled or do all kids obsess this way?

Bad to admit, but when the #kidlogic beats the #parentlogic, patience goes out the window.

I guess you can’t win all the time.

Murphy’s Law: Food – The more delicious (and healthy) the food is, the less they want to eat it!

Attempts at gourmet cooking happens at our house weekly.  Hubby has a knack for making great food.  I have gained a whole bunch of weight proving his cooking is good.  Somehow the kids turn their nose up to it!  Not just once, but all the time!

Hubby and I bought the kids some microwave meals a few weeks ago.  Don’t yell.  I could lie and say that store bought meals aren’t something we regularly buy, but they are.  We got these because of our date night.  I figured that if I got them something special to eat while they were being watched by Grammy, they might actually eat.  While Boogie has been known to pass up a whole bunch of homemade versions of mac and cheese, but somehow the microwave (and tasteless) mac and cheese was gobbled up by the kid!

Murphy’s Law: Homework – If it wasn’t for the last minute, nothing would get done.

The other day I think I wrote about the homework battle at our house. No one in the family seems to understand why I get so irritated.  Horrible me to expect for homework to be worked on during a Sunday afternoon when it’s due the next day.  It wasn’t that I was trying to cram a large amount of work onto my daughter’s shoulders.  After a week of putting it off, the deadline meant that Sunday afternoon was time to stop everything to work.

On the other side of this…

Homework finished the first night it’s assigned, somehow will have a postponed due date!

What Murphy’s Laws of Motherhood have you come up against lately?  Comment with your funny stories!


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  1. I love this! I’m glad it’s not just my household that experiences Murphy’s Laws…all.the.time. I am sometimes surprised when things actually go as planned! 🙂

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