In keeping with tradition, I’m going to share my best mom fails of 2020. My kids love gathering during the holidays and deciding where I screwed up most during the year. As a parent of six kids, I’ve definitely relaxed more with each child and my three biggest kids like to jokingly describe me as having been “a little asleep at the parenting wheel for the last three kids”. Truthfully, I’m not sure they’re actually joking.

Because we could all use a little laugh at the end of the dumpster fire of 2020, here are my biggest mom fails that made the list this year:

The Classic Hockey Kid Mix-Up:

We have a lot of kids in hockey. At one point in early 2020, before COVID saved me from having to spend every waking moment at a hockey arena, I was running around trying to get several kids to different places at the same time. On this particular day, I told my kid I’d put his hockey bag in the car because we were running late. That was my first mistake: I accidentally packed a sibling’s hockey bag. Later that day, I dropped him off for practice at the wrong arena. There were no mistakes left to make after that.


The Chocolate Bunny Massacre of 2020:

I thought I got all the Easter treats organized well in advance this year. Imagine my shock when I went to perform Easter Bunny duties and discovered the chocolate had been picked at by large family of mice that apparently took up residency in my home. Imagine my childrens’ shock when that’s what they got for Easter anyway!

COVID Hair Cuts:

My kid got sick of his long, unkept quarantine hair. I get it, I got sick of mine, too. One night he asked for a haircut, so I handed him a pair of scissors and said “have at it”.

Mommy/Daughter Date Night at the Liquor Store:

When you have a kid who is of legal drinking age, and she wants quality time with her mother, and you’re in the middle of a pandemic – it just seemed to make sense. This kid can’t say I’ve never done anything fun with her! #MomDaughterDateNight.

This parenting gig is hard enough, but 2020 certainly provided us with a whole host of additional challenges. No matter what our screw ups were this year, we all deserve a big pat on the back for having simply survived it. Let’s see what 2021 has in store for us!

Want to read about more of my most shameful parenting moments? Check out my best mom fails of 2019 here.


Julie Cole is a recovered lawyer, mom of six and co-founder of Mabel’s Labels. She has helped her company bring their product to a worldwide market, gain media recognition and win countless awards. Julie is no stranger to the media, having appeared on NBC’s The Today Show, HLN’s Raising America, Breakfast Television, The Marilyn Denis Show, CP24, among many others. As a blogger and writer, her articles have appeared in The Huffington Post, Today’s Parent, The Globe and Mail, Profit Magazine, Working Mother Magazine, Chicken Soup For the Soul - Power Moms and numerous websites. When she’s not juggling her busy family and professional life, Julie is an active volunteer and engaged community leader, who is passionate about women’s issues, mentoring young entrepreneurs, poverty alleviation and social justice.

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