My yearly round-up of Mom Fails is a bit of a tradition. They were a mix of funny ones and real regrets/lessons learned in the early days.

As my children get older, I find some of my “Mom Fails” are more like “Mom Trolls.” Those of you who have teenagers can surely appreciate and relate to how easy and enjoyable it is to see them cringe. This year it is a mix of “whoopsies” and cringe-worthy moments.

Accidentally letting the 12-year-old watch Sex Education.

If you have not seen this series yet, it’s pretty racy at times. I thought I’d go to sleep watching the last few episodes of the first season. I promptly fell asleep, to which my friends commented, “only Julie could fall asleep during Sex Education!”

Regardless, once I dozed off, 12-year-old Fin crawled into bed with me and proceeded to watch the last three episodes. When morning came, I was greeted with “Mom! You are NEVER going to believe what happened in the final episode of Sex Education!”  

Oh, and I did it again in the series “You,” which is about a stalker/killer. Again, not for the eyes of a 12-year-old.

The near OD

I always believed you could not OD on Vitamin C. With all the colds going around, and in this pandemic climate – I encouraged my kids to be downing little tablets of vitamin C. I relayed that they’d urinate out anything the body didn’t require. My teen clearly has trust issues, so they took to doing some research and forwarded me this:

“Yes, you can. Many people assume that since vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin, you can never take too much of it. Their reasoning is that you’ll essentially just pee out any excess. Although this is true, if you take more than the amount your body can excrete, it will not go over well. Side effects include nausea and diarrhea – two things any sane person should avoid.”


My 16-year-old asked me to hold her butterfly necklace during her hockey game. I agreed then proceeded to lose it. Because she had bought her BFF the same one to give her at an upcoming birthday, I had to order my kid one, so the girls had matching butterfly necklaces. Fair enough – I ordered another one, and the two friends are happily matching.

Funny turn of events – I found the original butterfly necklace, and now I wear it too. The girls love when I tell them how much I love being a part of their “bestie trio,” and I will always treasure my butterfly necklace. You can actually feel their rage, and it’s awesome. 

Speaking of Besties

A few weeks ago, I went to brunch and ran into a few of my teen daughter’s besties. So, of course, I sat down with them and took a selfie. I sent this to my daughter. Her reaction says everything. 

My Elf Efforts 

My kids are done with the Elf, but I have a niece who lives two doors down and comes over every day to see where our Elf is. So, we’re not entirely off the hook for elf hiding duties just yet. After hiding the Elf the other day, my son texted me this message. Clearly, I’m also an “Aunt Fail.”

There is another year of parenting in the books with wins, losses, laughter, and tears! I hope you all survived this tricky year with your kiddos and are looking forward to more fun and shenanigans in 2022!


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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