The Definitive Guide to Manic Moms

Man'ic: adj. characterized by frenzy, uncontrolled by reason

Other People’s Rude Children

Other people’s rude children are particularly appreciated by good manic mothers.  They feel deep sympathy for the mother whose child is clearly being obnoxious, disagreeable, rude or otherwise unpleasant.  However, they would not be true to themselves if they did not also experience a quiet and subtle sense of relief and pride that it is not their child who is behaving badly.  A well-behaved child is often the best confirmation that mania is achieving at least one goal. When someone else’s child is being rude a good manic mother stands quietly to the side. She watches and smiles gently in a commiserating way. If she is with her own child, quietly using the incident as a learning moment is often


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