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Real moms confess their darkest secrets (skipping showers and throwing out their kids’ loud toys) and guilty pleasures (raiding Halloween buckets and letting the TV babysit occasionally).
See more "bad mommy" moments shared by our readers and tell us what you think!
Sarah Bernard is BabyCenter’s Pop Culture & Lifestyle contributor. She covers parenting, health, fitness, fashion, and trends of all kinds. She lives in New York City with her husband and twin girls.
Thanks to moms Ann, Robyn, Jen, Susan, Shimeka, Diana, Karina, Silvie, April, and Vanity.
Video by: Sarah Bernard
Sarah Bernard: Ice cream for dinner. Clothes that come out of the dirty pile. I mean, sometimes you just got to do it. Or not do it, as the case may be, because 64 percent of our site moms admitted that they shower less or bathe less than they used to.
Woman 1: Like taking a shower for me is crazy. I kind of fantasize about it actually.
Woman 2: That's when I fell in love with dry shampoo.
46 percent of our site moms say they use perfume or extra deodorant to substitute for actual washing
Woman 3: You know, every parent is excited for the milestones, but I'd say the second time around, I was happy to delay the walking milestone. I've never pushed him back down, but I wasn't really encouraging him to get the walking process started like I was the first time around.
88 percent say they let their child watch TV or a video so they can get a break.
Woman 2: I have a new babysitter, her name is Frozen. And she comes for two hours at a time fairly frequently.
Woman 4: Oh, well, the worst offense is probably raiding my children's Halloween buckets.
88 percent say they sneak sweets or junk food so kids won't see them eating it.
Woman 4: Peanut M&Ms are my all-time favorite, and I don't think my children have ever tasted one, because I take them all.
Sarah Bernard: If there's an extremely loud, irritating toy, do you ever sometimes pretend it's broken or the batteries don't work.
Woman 5: Oh, I hide it. You have to hide that.
Woman 6: I hide them under the bed.
Woman 7: Or I'll even say things like, "Oh, that doesn't work on Tuesdays."
Woman 8: Yeah, that definitely happened with a few toys. But I mean, it was just toys that people would give us, you know, to be annoying.
70 percent say they've made a loud, annoying toy disappear ... for good.
Sarah Bernard: Somebody pees in the tub, what do you do?
Woman 7: Umm ...
Woman 5: My kids don't do that, but if they were to do it, I would find out who did that, and next time, you know, "Why they can't use the toilet?"
62 percent say if the baby pees in the bathtub, they'll pretend it didn't happen.
Woman 3: I might open the drain while the water's running in, or just fill it enough to dilute it, and that suffices. It's sterile anyway, right?
Woman 9: You just keep washing and going.
Woman 10: Now if they do poop in the tub, then that's a different story. It's like looking at a horrible horror movie. I be like, "Oh, dear God! No! No! No, please!