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When my daughter began kindergarten, I was just 28-years-old, a baby compared to some of the other mother’s I saw. My personal style was decidedly not on the same level as the rest of the women…and I was okay with that. Back then I was going to school full-time and occasionally volunteering in her classroom, so that kept me busy and honestly, I didn’t have time to notice what was going on around me. It wasn’t until we moved just as she entered second grade and I was in a new city that I began to take assessment of the other mothers I’d bump into in the schoolyard, on school trips, at student events–in a purely observational way, of course.

It started because most of them didn’t bother to speak to or even acknowledge me, so I had plenty of time to study them as I waited for my daughter each afternoon. After a few weeks, I realized there were a few groups of the same women in every grade. I tried to share my findings with my husband, but he wasn’t really into my mommy-type observations–he just thought I was imagining things. But I mentioned my musings to another mommy friend and sure enough, she confirmed my assessment. Ha! There was definitely a “mom type” that’s consistent across the board, no matter the city or state.

So for all you new mothers whose children are just entering elementary school, or find yourself asking: “what’s the deal with these women?” here’s a list of six types of moms you will meet:

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