Mom Confession: My Most EPIC Mom Fail

Mom Confession: My Most EPIC Mom Fail

This real life #AmericanHousewife #MomFail blog post is part of a paid Megan Media and ABC American Housewife blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own.


“My full time job is to make sure one of my kids fits in more and two fit in less.” – Katie Otto, American Housewife

When I got a request in my email a few weeks ago to share a real life #MomFail confession as part of a fun campaign to tell people about American Housewife (a new fall comedy from ABC, premiering on Tuesday, October 11 at 8:30|7:30c on ABC), my first thought was: that sounds super fun! My second thought? How’s a girl to decide WHICH mom fail story to share? I really have so many fails. I’m only human!

And clearly, so is Katie Otto, the main character of “American Housewife” who’s anything but perfect. She’s got flaws. So do her kids and her husband. The show is based in Connecticut (although not the part where I live), and it’s sort of like someone made a show about me. Of course, they didn’t, but Katie is a relatable mom, and it’s refreshing to see her on the screen.

My best mom fail might be my son’s hair. There’s video footage of that on my Facebook page, but I haven’t shared that with you guys yet. See, his hair was getting kind of longish, and needed to either be shaped (which was what I THOUGHT he was going for, because he idolizes El Shaarawy and his crazy hairstyles), or cut. I decided I’d give him a simple buzz cut, and I was doing just fine with the clippers, but then he said he wanted super short sides and a little longer on the top.


So, I put the “3” thingie on the clippers and did a strip of hair. In absolute horror, I looked at my son’s nearly bald streak in the middle of his head and turned off the clipper. I wanted to vomit.


When I say nearly bald, I mean NEARLY bald, you guys.  As in, maybe like a tenth of a millimeter of blond fuzz was left.


There was no way I could do anymore. I’d make it worse, and then worse again. So I panicked.


Then I heard: “Mom? Why’d you stop?”


I had to tell my boy that apparently, not all “3” thingies on clippers are the same (and yes, friends, I know now that if you call them thingies you have no business using clippers at all, and I no longer have them in my possession) and that it cut way too short, and before Mommy makes it worse we are calling Miss Stacey.


He was super brave about it.  ”It’s ok mommy, hair grows back. Stacey can fix it,” he said.

Thankfully, my beloved friend Stacey had her phone on and answered my panic stricken texts. I was babbling to her:




“I MADE MY KID BALD! He can’t go to school like this. I’m mortified.”


And, bless her heart, every single day for the rest of forever plus a few more, she told me to meet her at her house at 8 pm (this was on a Sunday) and she would fix it.  Turns out, the mohawk thing was pretty “hip,” and hair really does grow fast. He’s already had two cuts.  BUT NOT BY ME. Never again.


It’s amazing the damage one mom can do in mere seconds!! But thanks to good friends who are actual trained professionals who don’t scold or lecture, we had a fix.

But thanks to good friends who are actual trained professionals who don’t scold or lecture, we had a fix.


Ultimately, it was a good-and-bad thing.  He owned that ‘hawk. “High and tight.” I think that’s what Stacey called it. But everyone has been very clear that I’m only allowed hairbrushes, hair accessories, gel and/or shampoo around hair from here on out. Nothing sharp or anything that could be used to cut or trim hair.

My hairdresser days are over. I can’t even say it was fun while it lasted. That mom fail was all too real, and I still feel badly about it. Lesson learned. But, soon another mom fail will happen, and I will proudly don my “world’s okayest mom” t-shirt, and one day these will be funny memories we all laugh about together. I like to think Katie Otto is the mom who would wear one of those shirts right along with me! 

Katie Otto is THE American Housewife. She’s a confident, unapologetic wife and mother of three, raising her flawed family in the wealthy town of Westport, Connecticut. Katie doesn’t fit the stereotype of the “perfect” Westport mom and their “I-have-it-all-together” children; she and her family are only in Westport for the great schools because they might be helpful to their special needs daughter. And you know what? Katie doesn’t care. She loves her husband because he doesn’t understand why someone would wear 2 fitbits! She is real, and she is FUNNY, and most of all she loves her kids.  What other mom on tv has admitted she is wearing a pizza-stained sweater, and wearing it backwards?  The trailer is great! Check it out below:

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About the author: I’m a 30-something mom to three, brand ambassador. content creator, social media maven, blogger extraordinaire, earth lover, butcher, baker, candlestick maker (or something along those lines) – love word games, crafting, cake decorating or shooting pictures.

16 comments… add one
  • In a positive way, thanks to you he had a great new hairstyle. However, it is extremely funny but cute.
  • Very funny, isn't it? You must be terrified then! Thanks God that it turns out to be a good thing! Your son looks cute with that hair. Just remember that don't shave your son's hair at home from now kkk~~~
  • I have so many of these moments hahaha. Iam proud to say though that we all cut our own hair at home.
  • This is a very cute post! I think the hair looks so cute! I don't think i want to take a chance to cut my kids hair :)
  • I'm always afraid of that when I cut my son's hair. But, I think it turned out so cute!
  • I have loved the commercials for this show and I can't wait to watch it. I am not good at hair cuts either I am sure I would have done the same thing. Lol.
  • Oh, this is an epic fail. We made some epic fail moves but no matter what, we are still the best. Rock to motherhood!
  • LOL - No worries, it happens to the best of us! And I really need to check out this show - it looks hysterical!
  • This is so hilarious, but guess what? You're not alone! I did a similar thing when my son was younger. I ended up shaving all of his hair off. He got pitiful stares wherever we went. It was so embarrassing!
  • I remember doing the same thing to my son except it was in the middle of winter. I thought that I could do a three on top and a 2 on the sides. I didn't realize how close to the scalp the two was. So i ended up doing his whole head using a two.
  • His hair turned out so cute. I messed up my Daughters hair when she was four. I thought it would be easy to cut her hair into a bob. It was so uneven we had to go supper short to fix it . I never tried to cut her hair again.
  • I've seen the clips of this show on TV and it was so funny. Love watching funny shows such as this.
  • I can't wait to see this show. It looks like it's going to be a great one. I love that it seems like it's going to be very funny too.
  • I always love to hear about others' mom fails because it makes me feel like I'm not alone in being a hot mess sometimes. But just remember, behind every kid is a mom who is pretty sure she is screwing it up.
  • There are worse things a mom can do and even though I am sure you were panicking in the moment, it will always be a funny story. It is nice to have friends that can fix our slip-ups.
  • Bwahahahaha. That's the most awesome mom fail ever! Silence is golden. Unless you have kids. Then silence is comedy gold. But only if they're not your own kids. LOL

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